Program for Students with Special Needs

Supporting Students with Special Needs

The Orange County Department of Education's Learning Supports Services offers a wide variety of customized support to schools and districts looking to serve students with special needs.  Supports include, but are not limited to, such topics as: language arts and mathematics support, co-teaching, differentiation, California Content Standards aligned instruction and IEP goals, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

The Special Ed Thread

Want to stay in the loop?  Published three times per year, this free resource for special educators provides updates on all the latest trends and initiatives in the field.  The Special Ed Thread spotlights teachers and programs in Orange County that are effective and unique, provides examples of best practices for elementary and secondary educators, and highlights numerous websites, books, and other reources to help special educators make the most of their instructional time.  Past topics include UDL, writing, technology in the classroom, assessment, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

For additional information on trainings or Special Education Services, please contact Pam Tupy at

Upcoming Events

UDL 101
Cohort B - Begins January 29, 2019

Understand the connection between UDL, differentiation and Multi‐Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Click here for more information.

UDL 201: Advancing Implementation of UDL
Cohort A - November 27, 2018
Cohort B - March 4, 2019
​Learn how to develop UDL lesson plans considering the four curriculum components of goals, methods,
materials and assessment to provide students with a complete learning experience. Click here for more information.
Elevating Co-Teaching Through UDL
with Elizabeth Stein

December 4, 2018
L​earn how Universal Design for Learning (UDL),  offers co‐teaching partnerships structure and guidance in pursuing their goal to create successful learning environments for all students. Click here for more information.

Supporting Students with Dyslexia

AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview


Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout

Supporting Students with Dyslexia: AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview

The following three videos are from the September 20th presentation by Theresa Costa Johansen – Policy & Program Services Unit Administrator, CDE & Richard Gifford – Ed. Programs Consultant, CDE

Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout