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Special Education

Special Education

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These are: 

  • Autism
  • Deaf
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Handicapped
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visually Impaired

Contact Us



Rosemary Tayyar
Administrative Assistant II
Office: 949-515-6771

Dr. Elsie Briseño Simonovski
Administrative Director I,
Special Education 

Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Sara Pittington
Administrative Assistant II
Office 714-424-8923

Juliana Sauvao
SELPA Director, Special Education 

Jacqueline Gonzalez
Confidential/Executive Assistant

Sara Jocham, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Special Services