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Special Education

Parent Support Groups

Parent Rights/Disability Information

Parent and Family Resources

The following organizations offer information and guidance for families of children with disabilities.

American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities - Formerly AAMR - American ...more

Special Education in AUSD

"Special education" is instruction designed to address the educational, physical, social, and emotional needs of children with disabilities.


AUSD offers a wide range of educational services for young people aged 0-22 who have disabilities.  

If you have or believe you have a child with special needs, please read our AUSD FAQ on Special Education (below) to learn more about how to work with our department to help your child receive the most supportive services possible.


Families are encouraged to learn more about Special Education:

For the most extensive information regarding the Special Education services Alameda Unified School District provides, a clear definition of Special Education, process and procedures, please open one of the following PDFs:
For more specific questions regarding AUSD's Special Education services, please contact our office by phone (510) 337-7075, via email at kzazo@alameda.k12.ca.us or in person at our district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

Special Education Services Offered

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) and the North Region SELPA provide a full continuum of services for students eligible for special education and related services. The continuum of options ...more

Special Education FAQ

The following FAQ provides answers to commonly asked questions about special education services.

What is "special education"?

As defined by California Education Code (section 56031), special ...more

Special Education Strategic Planning Group

AUSD's Special Education Department has formed a Special Education Strategic Planning Group comprised of parent/guardians, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and community members. The goal of the planning group is to create a comprehensive, three- to five-year plan for the delivery of special education services in the district.

You can find materials related to the meetings on this page.

You can read more about the group in the press release sent out on February 24, 2017.



Kirsten Zazo
Chief Student Support Officer 

Deanna Hamilton
Coordinator of Special Education 
Preschool and Elementary

David Lurie
Coordinator of Special Education

Laurie McLachlan Fry
Coordinator of Special Education
Infant, Administrative Placements, Adult Transition

Joanne Murphy
Senior Manager Support Services

Myra Santome-Elias
Budget & Compliance Analyst

Marty Garchar
Accounting Technician

Christina Nieves
Office Assistant