Community Advisory Committees (CAC)


Community Advisory Committees (CACs) are a vital component of effective Special Education programs in California. They are commissioned by law and are a reflection of the community they serve. CACs are composed of parents, educators, pupils and adults with disabilities, representatives of public and private agencies, and persons concerned with the needs of individuals with disabilities. They are appointed by their governing boards in accordance with locally determined selection procedures described in the Local Plan.

 Community Advisory Committees have specific and important roles and responsibilities which are reviewed in these Guidelines. Every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is required to establish a CAC. Across California, many CACs are vibrant, creative bodies that assist in advising local governing boards about the Local Plan, annual priorities, parent education, and other specified Special Education related activities. 

CACs are designed to be a dynamic collaborative partnership of educators, parents, and community members. This mandated membership exemplifies the need for informed involvement among those who provide Special Education programs and services and those who receive Special Education programs and services.

Visit our Community Advisory Committee (CAC) webpage for upcoming meetings.