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Mission and Vision


The SEDAC provides the district and Board of Trustees with recommendations on issues affecting students receiving special education services and their families. The SEDAC also provides a forum for special education stakeholders to exchange information and ideas, and gain support and resources.


The vision of the SEDAC is to engage a broad group of special education stakeholders in shaping the policies, systems, and supports offered to students receiving special education services so that these students are fully able to access the educational curriculum.


The bylaws of the SEDAC are currently in draft form and are expected to be finalized in May, 2020. Please use this form for SEDAC Bylaws Comments.



SEDAC is thrilled to announce our first Parent Education Opportunity, “Disability Rights Training for Parents,” presented by Alex Gastelum of Disability Rights California's Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy.  

Join us via Zoom, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 7-8 pm for both presentation and Q & A. Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap :  US: +16699006833,,88445674111#  or +13462487799,,88445674111#

Or Telephone: For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location and enter the Webinar ID: 884 4567 4111

  • +1 669 900 6833 (San Jose, CA)
  • +1 346 248 7799 (Houston, TX)
  • +1 312 626 6799 (Chicago, IL)
  • +1 929 205 6099 (New York, NY)
  • +1 253 215 8782 (Tacoma, WA)
  • +1 301 715 8592 (Washington, DC)

Do you want to learn more about services available through the Regional Center (respite, daycare reimbursement, personal assistance services or behavioral supports)?  Or hear about other state programs that may be available such as Medi-Cal and In-Home Support Services (IHSS)?  ORCA can also help with questions about evaluations services available through the Regional Center (respite, day care reimbursement, medical supplies, personal assistance services, behavioral supports). 

If you have any questions, you can reach out to SEDAC Chairperson, Amy Fickenscher ( 



Want to know more about our presenter, Alex Gastelum, or the Office of Client’s Rights Advocacy (OCRA)?

The Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California. The California Department of Developmental Services funds OCRA through a contract. OCRA has been providing advocacy services to regional center consumers, their families, and interested community members since 1999. OCRA provides legal services to consumers of all 21 regional centers throughout California. We have a Clients' Rights Advocate (CRA) designated for each regional center catchment area. The CRA can help with legal problems, conduct training, and investigate denials of rights.  OCRA will present the free legal services it provides to regional center consumers and the areas of law for which it provides assistance.

Alex Gastelum is the Attorney and CRA for Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) consumers at OCRA.  Prior to this position, he was an Attorney and Floating CRA in Southern California.  He assisted regional center consumers from Inland Regional Center (IRC), Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center (FDLRC), Westside Regional Center (WRC) and Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC).  He obtained his J.D. from University of California Hastings, College of the Law in San Francisco and obtained his B.A. for Political Science and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is originally from Mexicali, Baja California and grew up in the California Central Coast.  He is fluent in Spanish and French.

Future sedac meetings, 2020-2021, cOMING SOON

All SMFCSD parents are invited to SEDAC meetings and announcements are sent to all SMFCSD families via our mass communication system, SchoolMessenger, the week before the meeting. Messages are sent in English and Spanish, and via email, text and voice alerts.

While we are under the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order, the meetings will be held remotely and the meeting announcements will provide instructions for joining remotely. 

Meeting videos

Meeting minutes

Please see the minutes of our previous meetings:

  • April 21, 2020 [coming soon]
  • May 12, 2020 [coming soon]

Join a SEDAC WorkGroup!

Interested in getting involved? You are invited to join one of four SEDAC Workgroups focused on improving SMFCSD's Special Education program. Descriptions of each group are below.
Sign up with this Google Form. We appreciate your support!

summary of workgroups:

Inclusionary Practices

Work with the existing internal inclusion cohort made up of administrators, teachers and program specialists. Work will include creating a vision statement for inclusion practices, researching best practices and providing parent input and feedback.


Work with the existing District Communications Committee to ensure continuity of communication and provide parent input/feedback.

Parent Education

Create parent training opportunities regarding parental rights and the IEP process, continue to work on a Special Education parent handbook and collaborate with the Communication/Outreach workgroup to create and share parent resources and other forums. 

SEDAC Development

Continue to build the SEDAC and determine the needs of Special Education stakeholders. This group will also identify how SEDAC can support families, provide meaningful feedback to the Board of Trustees and work collaboratively with the District.