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CAC: Community Advisory Committee

What is the CAC?

It is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members.

 The purpose of the CAC is:

To review the local plan, this describes the local policies,   procedures and programs that are consistent with state laws, regulations, and policies for Special Education. Across California, every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is required to establish a CAC.

Provide parent education opportunities, give families an opportunity to communicate with district administrators, connect with other parents, and share resources and support.

Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.

This group is also connected with PTA. Each school has a special education parent representative for their site. That representative attends meetings, reports back to the site’s PTA, helps connect parents of other students with special needs and helps to bridge the gap between the general education, and special education community.

Get Involved:

Our CAC monthly meetings are open to the public.

Come hear updates directly from Special Education Administration:  

  • Dr. Greg Merwin, Chief Academic Officer, Education & Support Services
  • Don Mahoney, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Services
  • Heidi Harvey,  Executive Director, Special Education Programs and Instruction
  • Danielle Clark, Director of Related Services    


Virtual Grade Level Transitions Event 


  •  A 1.5 hour virtual event with parent and education partners from February 10, 2021.
  • Information presented to help guide parents through their child’s transition from one grade level to the next.
  • Breakout sessions are grade level specific.
  • Recordings available to watch back at your convenience.

Grade Level  Room

Presentation Link

PreK - Kindergarten - Elementary

Watch Video Here
Meeting Notes - English
Meeting Notes - Spanish

Elementary - Middle School

Watch Video Here
Meeting Notes - English
Meeting Notes - Spanish

Middle School - High School

Meeting Notes - English
Meeting Notes - Spanish

High School - ATP

Watch Video Here


Student Honors and Awards

National PTA Reflections Art Contest

The Capistrano Unified Council PTSA presents the 2020-2021 STATE CHAMPION Dance Choreography Special Artist Mark Wagner. Mark is a student and choreographer at Dana Hills High School. We are all inspired by Mark’s talent and dedication in his moving performance of “I speak with my dancing.”

Exceptional Student Award

Each year The Special Education Community Advisory Committee recognizes exceptional high school students for their outstanding contributions in creating inclusive school communities. We honor their dedication to authentically advocate for peers with disabilities. We celebrate their ability to break down barriers and lead with courage. We commend them for the dynamic and diverse foundation they are building for a more compassionate world. We encourage all to embrace the possibilities of their potential and continue to soar with brilliance.

The San Juan Hills High School 2020-2021 Honorees are:

  • Eva Benzan
  • Ryan Ellis
  • Savanna Goodpaster
  • Zoe Hotmer
  • Sydnee Howes
  • Sabrina Javorsky
  • Logan Krall
  • Kylie LeBlanc
  • Rebecca Li
  • Jacob Rodriguez

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Contact CAC:
Annual Events:

Grade Level Transitions Event: Information presented to help guide parents through their child’s transition from one grade level to the next. View 2021 Event Details

Sunshine Awards: A special educator recognition event, parents are invited to nominate staff members who have had a positive impact on their child with special needs.

Ability Awareness: Every year, schools around CUSD host Ability Awareness Events. CAC is here to help school sites and their PTA special ed parent rep in putting together one of these events. Contact your PTA special ed rep or to get involved!

Down Syndrome Awareness Video

Down Syndrome Awareness Video, courtesy of Chaparral Elementary. Video for CUSD Educational purposes only - sale and distribution are prohibited. Many thanks to Special Education representatives - Katie Gresko and Cara Giovani.

Food Allergy Awareness

Many thanks to our Ability Awareness Chairperson, Nicole Lindstrom and SJHHS student, Julia Kowalski for their dedication to educating us all!