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 resources 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

​Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners:
The UDL Approach with Dr. Loui Lord Nelson and Dr. Patti Ralabate

October 23, 2017
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Supporting Students with Reading Disabilities/Dyslexia: Assessment and Evidence Based Intervention
October 27, 2017 and November 8, 2017
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UDL 101: Learn the Basics of Universal Design for Learning
November 9, 2017
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UDL, Motivation, and Feedback: Lighting an Engagement Fire
March 22, 2018
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Supporting Students with Dyslexia
AB1369 Dyslexia Guidelines Overview


Dyslexia - Fact & Fiction Handout