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Special Education / Section 504

Introduction to Special Education

Morgan Hill Unified School District (MHUSD) provides support to all students with disabilities. We partner with other local school districts as well as the Santa Clara County Office of Education (COE) to insure that programs are located within our Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA).

Eligibility for Services

Students become eligible for special education services through a formalized process of evaluation. Anyone who suspects that a student is disabled may request an evaluation in writing. Requests will receive a response from the school site within 15 days. Usually a Student Study Team is asked to determine whether an assessment is necessary. If recommended, assessments will take place within 60 days of the initial request. If an assessment is not recommended, the Study Team will explain their reasoning in writing.Once a student has been assessed, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is held to determine a student’s eligibility for services. Students may be found eligible in one of 13 categories:

*Specific Learning Disability
*Speech and language impairment
*Visual impairment
*Traumatic brain injury
*Hearing impairment
*Other health impairment
*Multiple handicaps
*Orthopedic impairment
*Emotional disturbance

*Intellectual DisabilityStudents may receive any combination of services, based on their IEP, including:

*Speech and Language – offered at all schools.  Speech and language specialists provide support for articulation, voice, fluency, and language disorders.

*Resource Specialists – offered at all schools.  Resource Specialists provide educational planning and specialized instruction to exceptional individuals in special programs or within regular classrooms.

*Special Day Classes – offered at selected elementary schools and all secondary schools, not all grade levels are available at all sites.  Students are grouped with others who share similar instructional needs for 50% of the day. Each class has a credentialed special education teacher and Paraprofessional.Adaptive physical education, behavior support, occupational therapy, and other services are available when a student’s IEP determines this need.If you have questions about Special Education programs or would like to request a review for assessment, contact Special Education Department at (408) 201-6040.

Special Education Staff

Special Education Staff

Fax:  (408) 201-6045

Michael Vogel, Director Special Education408-201-604051040
Nicky Hilkene, Executive
Karen Haas, Staff
Jessica Alvarez-Patterson, Coordinator Special
Kristen Curtis, Program
Rina Sutaria, Program
James Carlen, School

General Information

Parental and Adult Students’ Rights and Procedural Safeguards for Special Education

Section 504

The Morgan Hill Unified School District is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). As part of the implementation of this law, the district will provide reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities so they can participate fully in educational programs and activities.

Definition and Identification of Disability under Section 504

The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has a history of, or is reported as showing, a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities. This disability must be identified and documented through an evaluation process.


Reasonable accommodations must be directly related to the assessed disability and may not change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of programs. Such accommodations may include but are not limited to time, resources, equipment and support personnel.

Obtaining Accommodations

Students seeking academic or physical accommodations should provide the school principal with verification of documentation identifying the specific disability, the relationship between the disability and the requested modifications, the required modification and the duration of the accommodation need.

Complaint Investigation

Any individual believing that an appropriate accommodation has not been provided may resolve the matter through the Section 504 Complaint Procedure delineated in Administrative Regulation 6300.

Legal References: UNITED STATES CODE. TITLE 20 1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 1400 et seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act UNITED STATES CODE. TITLE 29 701 et seq. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS. TITLE 34 104.1-104.61 Nondiscrimination on the basis of handicap, especially 104.1 Purpose to effectuate Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 104.3 Definitions 104.35 Evaluation and placement 104.36 Procedural safeguards Southeastern Community College vs. Davis (1970) 442 U.S. 397; 99 Supreme Court 2361 ORIGINAL ADOPTION: March 25, 1996

Facts for Parents Regarding Section 504

Appendix A
o Filing a Section 504 or ADA Complaint

o Section 504/ADA Complaint Form

o Discipline Procedures for IDEA and 504 Students

o Behavioral Emergency Report

MHUSD Section 504 Coordinator

Michael Vogel
Director, Special Education
15600 Concord Circle
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

The Section 504 regulations require a school district to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section 504, FAPE consists of the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services designed to meet the student’s individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Governing Board of the Morgan Hill Unified School District is committed to equal
opportunity for all individuals in education. Morgan Hill Unified School District
programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity, age,
sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or
parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one
or more of such characteristics. The Board shall promote programs, which ensure that
discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities.


General Information:Wright’s Law Yellow Pages for Kids

Free Online Trainings:IEP Process Basics: Edge newsletter and other publications information Resolution Information:
Low Incidence Disability
Commission on Teacher Credentialing Website
SEAC Meeting Handout Regarding Commission on Teacher Credentialing Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder:
Transitions:Transition to Adult Living

Transition to Adult Living–Spanish

Testing and Assessment Information:

Algebra Graduation Requirements

CaliforniaHigh School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

Accommodations and modifications for the California High School Exit Exam

Certificate or Document of Educational Achievement or Completion for Students with Disabilities

Services for Students With Disabilities
WorkAbility I:
WorkAbility I is a training program for special education students ages 14.9-22 designed to promote career awareness and exploration while students complete their secondary education program.  WorkAbility I provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, and ongoing support and guidance from vocational personnel.  WorkAbility I  ;is administered by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division.

Business Benefits
Screened students ready to learn and work
Worker interest/skills matched to employer’s needs
Ongoing employee support services
Low-risk, low-cost job training
Trained employees ready to hire

Student Benefits
Career exploration
Work experience
Support system in making career decisions
Interagency collaboration
Assessment of vocational interests and aptitudes
Follow up

WorkAbility I: A California Transition Program

W-4 Federal Tax Form

I-9 Federal Form
College and University Links:
Gavilan College Accessible Education Center (AEC)

San Jose State University Accessible Education Center (AEC)

UC Berkeley Disabled Students’ Program

UC Santa Cruz Disability Resource Center

UC Davis Student Disability Center
IDEA Idea Training Center
Useful Links and Resources on the Internet:

Attention Deficit Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CH.A.D.D.)

The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)


Autism Network International

Autism Research Institute

Future Horizons

Autism Web



First Signs

Bay Area Resources

Special Olympics

Disabilities Information

Council for Exceptional Children

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Association on Higher Education and Disability

National Down Syndrome Congress

Deaf and Disabled Telecomunications Programs

Project: Circle of Inclusion Web site

Federal, State, and Local Government

California Department of Education

California Department of Education, Special Education Division


U.S. Department of Education

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services/Office of Special Education Programs

Office of Civil Rights

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Gifted Education

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education

National Association for Gifted Children

Learning Disabilities


Learning Disabilities Association of America

National Center for Learning Disabilities

International Dyslexia Association

Literacy and Reading

International Reading Association

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic