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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

Special Education Acronyms

Special Education Records Request

Every child with a disability between the ages of birth to 22 is entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). 

Newport-Mesa Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) offers programs for students with special needs in...

  • Behavioral
  • Cognitive
  • Learning
  • Motor
  • Physical
  • Speech/Language
  • other unique areas

Our objective is for all students to meet or exceed district standards. As professional educators, whether our role is in general education, special education, or administration, we believe it is our collective responsibility to support special education students to meet this objective. We understand the essential role parents and guardians have in student educational progress and are committed to fostering effective parent/school collaboration toward the best interests of students.

Contact Us

220 23rd Street, Building B & D
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 515-6771


Juliana Sauvao
Director, Special Education Resolution/SELPA 
(714) 424-8926

Sara Pittington
Administrative Assistant II
(714) 424-8923

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