Past Meeting Information

2020-21 Meetings and Events

AUSD Board of Education Candidate Forum on Special Education

September 26, 2020


ASPED Families hosted for a zoom webinar with 6 candidates for Alameda Unified School District’s Board of Education.  Candidates are on Alameda’s November 2020 ballot. 

Watch the recording here:

2019 - 2020 

Panel: Advocating for Your Special Needs Child

December 3, 2019

6:30pm - 8:00pm 

Confirmed Speaker
Lilian Ansari
Special Education Advocate

Franklin Elementary School

1433 San Antonio St., Alameda

Welcome Back to School Meeting 
with New AUSD Leadership


Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Franklin Elementary
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Free Childcare

Pasquale Scuderi
AUSD Superintendent

Pam Kazee
Director of Special Education

Come hear updates on Special Education in AUSD.
Bring your questions!

Thank you for joining us at 

presented by
A Special Thank You to all of the organizations and speakers that joined us this year at 
the Resource Fair!

Thank you to the following 
Supporters of the Resource Fair
Alameda Unified School District
Ruby Bridges Elementary
North Region SELPA
Alameda PTA Council


AUSD Presentation on CAPTAIN 

presented on October 25, 2018

AUSD Special Education Presentation on

October 2018 to ASPED Families

On October 3, 2018, Director of Special Education Victoria Forrester gave this presentation on AUSD's special education services to the Alameda Special Education Families Support Group.


ASPED Families is hosting AUSD 

Special Education Strategic Plan 

Come learn about the newly adopted AUSD Strategic Plan for 
Special Education

Victoria Forrester,
 AUSD Director of Special Education

Wednesday, January 30
Franklin Elementary

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Childcare will be provided

ASPED Families Presentation

presented by AUSD on September 2017

On September 21, 2017, Chief Student Support Officer Kirsten Zazo and Director of Special Education Victoria Forrester gave this presentation on AUSD's special education services to the Alameda Special Education Families Support Group.


Three Meetings - One Location

Bringing Together Families

of the



Military Communities

ThursdayOctober 25, 2018



6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

(6:30 pm – 7:00 pm, ASPED Families Meeting and Announcements;

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Break-out support group meetings)



Free, Drop in



Franklin Elementary School

1433 San Antonio Avenue,

Alameda, CA 94501


Free Childcare - Please RSVP

*The Autism (ASD) Support Group 
will share information about CAPTAIN.  
CAPTAIN uses evidence-based practices (EBP) 
to support our students with autism.


Welcome Back
to School Reception

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Franklin Elementary
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Free Childcare

Sean McPhetridge
AUSD Superintendent

Victoria Forrester
Director of Special Education

If you are unable to attend please email your questions to 

by Sunday, September 30th.


Please join us for our

2018 - 2019 Planning Meeting

for ASPED Families

Please bring your



and Ideas

as we plan for the new school year!

Join us

July 23, 2018

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Alameda Free Library

1550 Oak Street

Alameda, CA

If you are unable to attend please email your questions and ideas to 

by Thursday, July 19th.


ASPED Families
Community Picnic

Thank you for joining for our first community picnic!

on Saturday, May 19, 2018

Happy Summer!


Spring Workshop

Ability Awareness Program

Learn About the Program

Experience the Program’s Lessons & Activities

Gather Program Information for Your School

 Wednesday, April 18, 2018

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Franklin Elementary

1433 San Antonio Avenue, Alameda

Doors will open at 6:15pm

Workshop will begin at 6:40pm

 FREE Childcare for Attendees


ASPEDFamilies Support Group Meeting

Alameda Middle School

Information Night:

Making the Middle School Decision
hosted by Alameda Special Education

Family Support Group is hosting

A panel of parents will share their experience of selecting and making the transition to middle school.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Franklin Elementary, Alameda
6:30pm - 8pm Panel Presentation
8pm - 8:30pmAnnouncements

Free Childcare


Dyslexia Support Group Meeting: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Franklin Elementary, Alameda
6:30pm - 8pm


Sean McPhetridge, Superintendent Alameda Unified School District
Susan Mitchell, Director for Special Education for AUSD

Presentation Materials: 

Message from Superintendent: Resolution on “Urging the Use of People-First Language for Students with Disabilities”

A few weeks ago, the Board of Education passed a resolution entitled “Urging the Use of People-First Language for Students with Disabilities” which I spoke about in my presentation to the Alameda Special Education Parent Support Group recently.

This measure recognizes the necessity of a more respectful and humanistic view of people and students with disabilities, and it affirms that state policies and procedures should use People First Language to the greatest extent possible. 

People with disabilities constitute our nation’s largest minority group, which is simultaneously the most inclusive and the most diverse. Everyone is represented: of all genders, all ages, all religions, all socioeconomic levels and all ethnic backgrounds. The disability community is the only minority group that anyone can join at any time.

Disability is not the “problem.” For example, a person who wears glasses doesn’t say, “I have a problem seeing,” they say, “I wear/need glasses.” Similarly, a person who uses a wheelchair doesn’t say, “I have a problem walking,” they say, “I use/need a wheelchair.” This is an example of using “People-first” language.

The Board voted unanimously to approve this resolution, and staff will work to help familiarize educators and the public about our need going forward to shift our collective mindset from one of viewing children by labels to one of viewing children as people first.

Resolution Handout:
“Urging the Use of People-First Language for Students with Disabilities”

Introduction from Sean McPhetridge to Superintendent’s Goals, Priorities and Values:

At the ASPEDPSG meeting, I also spoke about my goals, priorities, and values as superintendent. Attached is a brief synopsis of that presentation that hopefully represents key ideas that guide and shape our work ahead in AUSD.

Superintendent's Goals Handout

Presented by Susan Mitchell:
AUSD Special Education Update Handout

Meeting Handouts