The Division of Special Education has various resources available for parents. We invite you to take advantage of every opportunity to be an active partner in your child’s education. Workshops and training are offered throughout the school year covering various topics related to the needs of students with disabilities and the many ways parents can support their child both in and out of the classroom. In addition to workshops and training sessions, District and community-sponsored events supportive of the students and parents we serve are also available. The District values its partnership with parents in their children’s education.
COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan
Students with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).
The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative effect on schools resulting in learning disruption nationally. Students with disabilities may need Compensatory Education services to remedy any educational or other deficits that resulted from a student with an IEP or Section 504 plan not receiving the evaluations or services to which they were entitled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students with disabilities may also need Recoupment Services to regain skills lost resulting from pandemic learning disruptions. The Los Angeles Unified School District has implemented two approaches for processes for addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Compensatory Education- special education and related aids and services to remedy any educational or other deficits that resulted from a student with a disability (with either an IEP or Section 504 plan) not receiving the evaluations or services to which they were entitled during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan, please refer to: https://achieve.lausd.net/compedplan.
Recoupment Services- additional supports offered to general and special education students to address potential learning loss caused by pandemic-related school facility closures. For further information about recoupment services, please refer to: https://achieve.lausd.net/spedrecoupment.
The Los Angeles Unified School District seeks to identify, locate, and evaluate children suspected of having a disability who may be eligible for special education services designed to meet their educational needs at no cost to families. This includes highly mobile children, migrant children, children experiencing homelessness, children who are wards of the state and children attending private schools located within LAUSD boundaries regardless of where they reside. All other children must live in the LAUSD attendance area.
- School and Family Support Services (SFSS)
The Division of Special Education’s School and Family Support Services (SFSS) unit is committed to working collaboratively with our LAUSD families, students, colleagues and other partners in education to promote each student’s success and well-being as he/she prepares for future endeavors by providing all partners with the ongoing delivery of the most accurate information, resources, assistance, and guidance regarding special education.
What We Do
If you have questions, concerns, and/or complaints related to special education or specifically about a child’s IEP, we can assist. The Division of Special Education is committed to:
- Providing information to increase understanding and awareness of special education, so parents can better participate in the educational decision-making process for their child
- Promptly responding to inquiries, and helping to mediate and/or resolve concerns related to the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Investigating complaints of alleged special education violations, and facilitating appropriate resolutions in a timely manner
- Listening to parent concerns and providing resources that support informed decision-making
- Offering information about parent engagement opportunities
- Facilitating collaboration between District staff and parents
- Providing answers to IEP related questions
- Assisting with transportation needs as stated on the IEP
- Providing the most current information related to special education
School and Family Support Services
Telephone: (213) 241-6701
FAX: (877) 339-2684
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Interpreter Services Available
- Dispute Resolution Options
The LAUSD Division of Special Education strives to meet the unique educational needs of all exceptional children with each Individualized Education Program (IEP) written; however, disagreements arise occasionally. When disagreements occur, parents have three options to pursue a resolution to the disagreement:
- Alternate Dispute Resolution
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an optional informal process adapted by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and supported by the California Department of Education (CDE) for resolving special education concerns early. The ADR process uses communication, collaboration, and consultation to resolve Individualized Education Program (IEP) disagreements. It is through the ADR process that LAUSD seeks to expedite resolutions to special education concerns after an IEP meeting, in a manner that meets the needs of the student at the earliest opportunity possible.
- Informal Dispute Resolution
Informal Dispute Resolution or “IDR” is an optional dispute resolution process available to parents. IDR is a District process that is designed to be faster, less formal and less adversarial than mediation and due process proceedings. In the IDR process, parents identify their issues and concerns and the District attempts to work with the parent to quickly resolve the issues identified.
- Mediation Only
“Mediation Only” is a state-level, voluntary dispute resolution process under the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In Mediation Only, a neutral mediator assists you and the District in discussing and attempting to resolve your disagreement. The mediators are not employees of the District and do not have any personal interest in the disagreement. The mediators are selected on an impartial basis by the State and know the laws and regulations relating to the provision of special education and related services. The Mediation Only process includes a mediation conference attended by you, the assigned mediator, and a District representative who has decision-making authority. Lawyers or advocates, for the student/ parent or for the District, are not permitted to participate in Mediation Only.
- Formal Due Process Hearing
Due process hearing requests are dispute resolution proceedings required to be available to parents and school districts under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You or the District may file a due process complaint on any matter relating to a proposal or refusal to initiate or change the identification, evaluation or educational placement of your child or the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to your child. The proceedings begin with the submission of a complaint notice and include a resolution period with a mandatory resolution session meeting, optional mediation, and a due process hearing before an impartial hearing officer. The District convenes the resolution session meeting. The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) conducts the optional mediation and the due process hearing. It may not be necessary to go through all of the due process proceedings to reach resolution. A due process complaint may be resolved by mutual agreement of the parties at any stage of the proceedings.
- Alternate Dispute Resolution
- IEP Written Translations
Parent request for a written translation of their child’s IEP.
Parents can make a request for a written translation of the IEP document at the IEP meeting. If the parent has not requested the written translation at the IEP Team Meeting, yet after the meeting decides to request the translation of the IEP document, the parent must make the request in writing to the school site administrator.
School of attendance shall provide a written translated copy of the IEP to the requesting parent within 30 days of the request.
- Pupil Records Request
The California Education Code § 56504 ensures parents the right and opportunity to examine all school records of his or her child and to receive copies of these records within five business days after making a request either orally or in writing.
The Los Angeles Unified School District-Division of Special Education has established a Custodian of Records to receive requests for records and to ensure these records are copied and provided to the individual making the request.
Information - How to Submit Your Request
All educationally related records requests for students with or suspected of having a disability attending a District Operated School or Charter Operated School are to be mailed, emailed, or faxed to:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Division of Special Education
Custodian of Records
District-Operated Schools and Charter Operated Schools
Special Education Service Center-Operations
333 S. Beaudry Ave., 18th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 241-2417 (fax)
Subject Line: Pupil Records Request
Parent/Guardian Request for Records (English) FILLABLE FORM
Parent/Guardian Request for Records (Spanish) FILLABLE FORM
- Roadmap for Social-Emotional Well-Being & Academic Success
Roadmap for Social-Emotional Well-Being & Academic Success
The Roadmaps for Social-Emotional Well-Being & Academic Success were designed by educators and mental health professionals to support the return to school following a particularly turbulent time in history. We trust that all parents and all school staff - teachers, administrators, counselors, and support staff- will find helpful tools and resources.
The Parent/Caregiver edition gives parents/caregivers tools to support their child’s resilience: sense of safety, connectedness, self-efficacy, community efficacy, ability to be calm and hope.
Parent Workshops & Training
- Alternate Curriculum Parent Training Series (April 6, May 11, June 15, July 13)
LAUSD Alternate Curriculum is offering a series of trainings for parents and families of K-12 students that are on the Alternate Curriculum as identified by an IEP. Please join us for an introduction to alternate curriculum and to receive strategies that you can implement to support a successful transition from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school. All sessions are from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Registration is required.
Link to Register >> https://bit.ly/parentworkshops2022
Parent Training Flyer English y Español
◊ Introduction to Alternate Curriculum - February 9
◊ Building Independence - March 9
◊ Supporting Transition - April 6
◊ Transitioning to a Successful Future, Elementary School - May 11
◊ Transitioning to a Successful Future, Middle School - June 15
◊ Transitioning to a Successful Future, High School - July 13
- Dyslexia Awareness
Dyslexia Parent Training - English:
Dyslexia Parent Training - Español:
- UCLArts & Healing Programs - Sessions for Parents
UCLArts & Healing is a community partner. It is an organizational member of the UCLA Integrative Medicine Collaborative, and is supported by the Arts & Healing Initiative. Their mission is to transform lives through creative expression by integrating the innate benefits of the arts with mental health practices for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. View the UCLArts & Healing programs, services and resources including the HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) series programs, by visiting their webpage.
UCLArts & Healing Programs Webpage
UCLArts & Healing Brochure
Created in 2020 at the start of the pandemic, this free, online series supports the resilience of our global community through social emotional arts.
In accordance with our mission, with this series we aim to enhance the innate social-emotional benefits of the arts with supportive practices, such as non-judgmental language and reflection, for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment.
Visit https://uclartsandhealing.org/services/community-services/hope-series/ for more information and to access the online series.
- Virtual IEP Team Meetings
Parent Workshops - Training Materials
- Introduction to Special Education - 12/09/21
To access the presentation from the December 9, 2021 parent workshop, click on the link below.
Introduction to Special Education - 12/09/21
Para acceder a la presentación del taller para padres del 9 de diciembre de 2021, haga clic en el enlace a continuación.
- Know Your Rights - 01/27/22
To access the presentation from the January 27, 2022 parent workshop, click on the link below.
- Parent Participation at IEP Team Meetings 02/24/22
To access the presentation from the January 27, 2022 parent workshop, click on the link below.
Parent Participation at IEP Team Meetings - ENGLISH
Para acceder a la presentación del taller para padres del 27 de enero de 2022, haga clic en el enlace a continuación.
Participación de los padres en las reuniones del equipo del IEP - ESPAÑOL
- Parent Newsletters 2021-2022
To access the parent newsletter, click on the link below for the edition you'd like to review. // Para acceder al boletín para padres, haga clic en el enlace a continuación para la edición que le gustaría revisar.
Los Angeles Unified School District ♦ Division of Special Education
333 South Beaudry Avenue, 17th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017