Parents as Partners

At FUESD, we believe children benefit most when parents and educators function as partners working toward a common goal.  Here are some additional resources many families find helpful when supporting a child with special needs.

North Coastal Consortium for Special Education

The North Coastal Consortium for Special Education is a Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) comprised of fourteen local school districts including the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. Through this partnership, FUESD students, parents, and staff have access to a comprehensive array of services and resources. One of the most useful aspects of the NCCSE services is the parent and community support and resources website.

Member districts within NCCSE work collaboratively to provide a continuum of services for students who are eligible for special education. These include services provided within each district as well as regional services. Regional services include those provided to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, students with severe disabilities, and students with social-emotional disabilities. In addition, audiological services and itinerant teachers for students with hearing and vision impairments are available through the member districts.

Professional development opportunities for school district staff and parent education is available. For more information please visit the NCCSE webpage for families or you may call 760-761-5110.

    Community Advisory Council (CAC)
    The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a committee made up of parents, educators, and community members who are involved in special education. The California Education Code requires that each SELPA have a Community Advisory Committee. The CAC meetings take place once a month and consist of a business meeting followed by an educational presentation. Anyone interested is invited to attend. In addition, CAC provides related workshops, activities, and resources at no cost. They are designed to help families understand and participate in their child’s educational decision-making, to access services and resources, and connect families with each other.  For more information, click here to go to the NCCSE CAC web page.
    Regional Center
    The San Diego Regional Center is one of 21 regional centers in California that provides support and services to persons with developmental disabilities.  Services are based on the client’s individual needs and intended to maximize their independence, full potential, and quality of life.  Any San Diego County resident believed to have a developmental disability may apply for services.  Eligibility is determined by the social, medical, and psychological information gathered during the intake process.
    Students with a developmental disability become eligible for Regional Center services – that included Autism, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and/or other conditions found to be closely related to an Intellectual Disability or to require treatment similar to that required for individuals with an Intellectual Disability.
    If you believe your student may be eligible, please contact the Regional Center directly to apply: click here to go to the SDRC web page.

    Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 

    The EFMP assists Active Duty Service Members in managing the dual demands of a military career and having a family member with special needs, whether medical, emotional, or educational. For more information call the office at (760) 725-5363 or visit the website.

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    Stephenie Blinco-Martinez
    Director of Special Education

    Special Education Department

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    Jessica Dutcher
    Secretary III

    Martha Esteves
    Special Education Data Technician

    Jessica Botica
    Behavior Specialist

    Sarah Salberg
    Special Education TOSA

    May Pickett
    Special Education TOSA Literacy Coach

    321 Iowa St.
    Fallbrook, CA 92028

    (760) 731-5400

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