SAN RAMON -- What options do special education students have after school ends? Find out at a free panel discussion hosted by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Wednesday night at Iron Horse Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m.

Topics will range from employment and vocational opportunities, as well as educational, living and social programs and supports.

The session is described as a way for parents to "learn what paths and possibilities are available to your child as you guide them in achieving their highest level of personal potential, independence and self-sufficiency."

Panelists include district transition teacher Ann Cifarelli and nonprofit leaders Caroline Ortiz, program director of the CARE Parent Network Will Sanford, executive director of Futures Explored Inc.; and Shirley Obioma, transition case manager for the Regional Center of the East Bay.

Iron Horse Middle School is at 12601 Alcosta Blvd. Registration is requested at

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