The centers provide technical assistance, support, case planning and ASSESSMENTS. Referrals must come from the district, SELPA or LEA-- but you can ask request that the district make the referral. (In writing, formal request for assessment, etc.) There are three centers: Fremont, Fresno and LA, so for most people this referral will involve some travel. But might be worth it. I know a child who received a very good AAC assessment from the Fremont center. From the Diagnostic Center website:
- Comprehensive, state-of-the-art assessment and educational planning services to assist local school districts (LEAs) in addressing the needs of their most complex special education students
- Technical assistance and consultation in program and instructional design and delivery
- Professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, special education staff, families and service agency personnel
Eligible students are those students who:
- are enrolled in special education,
- are not progressing despite LEA efforts,
- present a complex learning or behavioral profile, and
- for whom the LEA requires additional diagnostic information to assist in defining appropriate educational goals and teaching strategies.
Although it would feel so good to go on a rant about WHY no one in my district volunteered this information or suggested this referral, I am not going to and instead just pass along the lesson learned. Hope it is useful.