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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. Hear updates directly from Special Education Administration:  

  • Dr. Greg Merwin, Associate Superintendent, Education & Support Services
  • Clint Collins, Interim Assistant Superintendent, SELPA Director, Special Education Services
  • Danielle Clark, Director of Related Services    

Annual Events:

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

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 representative or to get involved!


SPED Rep Orientation


CAC Logo

Contact CAC:
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.

What Makes Me Special

Food Allergy Awareness

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