Calaveras County Office of Education

Achieving Excellence Together

Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

  • CAC

    What is the CAC?

    The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) functions as a liaison between the Calaveras County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area, i.e.- the Special Education Department) and the community (parents, community members, teachers, and local school districts). It is a state mandated association that oversees and facilitates the special education services in Calaveras County.


     Who are we?

    The CAC is composed of parents of children with special educational needs, educators, administrators, community members and representatives of other public and private agencies who are interested in providing quality education for children with special needs.

    What is our goal?

    We strive, as a parent-driven group, to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between families and educators. Our goals are:

    • To educate families and the community about special education in Calaveras County
    • To promote community awareness of special education
    • To advocate for families of students with special educational needs
    • Facilitate the collaboration of parents and educators to improve special education opportunities for students
    • To act as an advisory board to SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) regarding the development, implementation and review of the county’s local plan for special education

    What does the CAC do?

    • We support and provide a network for parents of students with special needs
    • Provide resources for families, including: IEP support, informational and educational materials, parent rights information, referrals, references to support groups
    • Provide educational workshops to help families better understand their special needs child
    • We engage in advocacy for children with special education needs
    • Facilitate communication between schools, parents and the community on issues of special education

    How can I get involved?

    Come to our monthly meetings to:

    • Learn more about our programs
    • Meet other family members of children with special needs
    • Attend workshops supported by the CAC

    Who do I contact for more information?

    Contact Lesa Edwards at (209) 736-6016 or at


    Calaveras County Office of Education
    185 South Main Street
    P.O. Box 760
    Angels Camp, CA 95221 

Meeting Dates and Minutes
 Topic   PresenterFlyers
September 15, 2016A Parents Role in Building Language
 Fresno Diagnostic Center
 A Parents Role in Building Language
October 26, 2016
 Parenting Your Spectrum Child: Pearls & Pitfalls  Dr. Ryan Thompson Parenting Your Spectrum Child
November 17, 2016
The Communication Connection: Literacy, Learning & Behavior
 Fresno Diagnostic Center
The Communication Connection
February 2017
April 26, 2017
 Autism and Social Skills  
 Dr. Ryan Thompson
It's Not All About Me