•                                         What is the CAC?

    The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is made up of members representing the community.  Members include parents, special and general education teachers, psychologists, consultants, students with disabilities, and various representatives from public and private agencies.  These members are nominated and appointed by the school boards of participating local education agencies within WACSEP.

    The CAC holds periodic meetings during the school year to review and discuss all aspects of special education.  Guest speakers are provided for parent education.  Public concerns are welcomed.  The CAC is a place where problems and concerns can be shared, discussed and resolved.  The meetings are open to the public and attendance is welcomed.
     
    The goal of CAC is to involve interested parents, students, teachers, education specialists/consultants and community members in advising the SELPA and district school boards of the educational needs of special education students and to help secure appropriate services for each individual.  The CAC:
     
    • Advises the policy and administrative entity of the district, the SELPA or county office regarding the development, amendment, and review of the Local Plan.  The entity shall review and consider comments from the CAC.
    • Recommends annual priorities to be addressed by the plan.
    • Assists in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers who may contribute to the implementation of the plan.
    • Encourages community involvement in the development and review of the Local Plan.
    • Supports activities on behalf of students with disabilities.
    • Assists in parent awareness of the importance of regular school attendance.