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Weekly Spotlight - Dept of Special Services

Derek Swem, Director, Special Services

On Thursday, May 2 ROWUSD was represented by three staff members at the EV SELPA Adult Transition Program Network Meeting at the Roy C. Hill Education Center in San Bernardino. Mrs. Carla Malagoli-Vitti, Mrs. Cathy Plante, and Mr. Derek Swem went to see how we could better service or special education students both in curriculum and in transition after high school. We had the pleasure of a presentation from OPARC, which offers programs for adults with disabilities. OPARC is one of the largest vendors under contract with both Inland and San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Centers to provide day program services to qualifying adults. http://www.oparc.org/

Then we were given a presentation on the curriculum to help our students be Job Ready, Life Ready. Project Discovery is a hands-on career education program. Many of the kits offered Job Prep and Employment Skills to Social Skills, and Health & Nutrition. Mrs. Vitti’s class has a very similar curriculum in place with her Life Skills class at RHS.

Then we had the opportunity to visit and tour “Rolling Start”, which is a community based not for profit organization that offers services to qualifying clients. If you know someone who is a client of IRC or DOR, and in need of assistance, you can direct them to 1955 Hunts Lane, San Bernardino. They offer services that include, but not limited to:


▪ Information and Referral
▪ Independent Living skills
▪ Systems and individual Advocacy
▪ Peer Advising
▪ Housing Referrals
▪ Personal Assistants
▪ Assistive Technology Device Lending Library

http://www.rollingstart.com/