WVSD Special Services
A Parent's Guide to Special Education
This symbol means “Section” as in “§ 300.7 Child with a disability” in the IDEA regulations
Alternative augmentative communication
American Association on Mental Retardation
American Council of the Blind
The term used to describe a building which can be easily entered, approached or used by a person with a disability. The term also can be used to describe a program which is adapted for a person with a disability.
Teaching supports and services that the student may require to successfully demonstrate learning. Accommodations should not change expectations to the curriculum grade levels. Examples include, extra time for assignments or tests, the use of taped textbooks, study carrel, etc.
The Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the areas of employment, public transportation, telecommunications, access to public services programs, and activities of state and local governments, as well as those of commercial facilities, private businesses, and nonprofit service providers. The ADA was signed into law July 26, 1990
Americans with Disabilities Act
Adapted Physical Education
Specially designed instruction in physical education to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.
How a person with a disability adjusts to his/her surroundings.
Attention deficit/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Activities of Daily Living
Alternative dispute resolution
Supporting someone in a cause; representing or speaking for another person.
Academy for Educational Development
American Foundation for the Blind
American Federation of Teachers
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Use of assessment strategies, such as performance assessment and portfolios, to replace or supplement assessment by machine-scored multiple-choice tests.
Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA )
A comprehensive civil rights law which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Signed into law on July 26, 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). It is a wide-ranging legislation intended to make American society more accessible to people with disabilities.
Statements on your child's IEP that describe what he or she can be expected to accomplish in one year in the area of need.
Annual review a
Meeting held each year to review the previous school year's IEP and to write a new IEP for the upcoming school year.
American occupational therapy association
American psychiatric association
Adaptive physical education
Applied Behavior Analysis ( ABA )
An intensive, structured teaching program. Behaviors to be taught are broken down into their simplest elements. These elements are taught using repeated trials where the child is presented with a stimulus. Correct responses and behaviors are rewarded with positive reinforcement. When incorrect responses occur, they are ignored and appropriate responses are prompted and rewarded.
American physical therapy association
Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee
Autism Society of America
American Society for Deaf Children
American speech-language-hearing association
American sign language
The way a team gathers information to determine if a child has special needs. The team evaluates the child's social, communication, cognitive, adaptive, motor, vision and hearing strengths, weaknesses and functioning levels.
Assistive Technology Service
Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. (IDEA, section 1401)
Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially, off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Alliance for Technology Access
American therapeutic recreation association
A person who determines the range, nature and degree of hearing loss.
Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
A plan and/or strategies, program or curricular modifications, and supplementary aids and supports developed by a planning and placement team (PPT) to teach a child appropriate behaviors and eliminate behaviors that impede his/her learning or that of others. It should be positive in nature, not punitive.
Bureau of Indian Affairs or Brain Injury Association
Bureau of Special Education
Corrective action plan
Central auditory processing disorder
Using a tube to drain off fluid, especially urine; often necessary with children who have special medical. Needs.
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Council for Exceptional Children
Code of Federal Regulations. The rules and regulations of federal agencies as published in the Federal Register. The federal regulations for the implementation of the IDEA were published in the March 12, 1999,Federal Register, Part II, Department of Education, 34 CFR Parts 300 and303.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Child with a disability
A child with mental retardation, hearing impairments (including deafness), speech or language impairments, visual impairments (including blindness), serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, or specific learning disabilities; and who, by reason thereof, needs special education and related services. (IDEA, Section 1401)
Center for Independent Living
Center for Law and Education
Means that you have been given all the information necessary to make an informed decision; about the proposed activity. This information must be given in your native language or other mode of communication. It also means that you understand and agree in writing to the proposed activity. The documents you sign must describe the activity and list any records that will be released. It must also list who will receive these records. Giving your consent is voluntary and you may withdraw your consent at any time.
Process that occurs when teams of educators (and support staff) who have diverse expertise work together deliberately and creatively to plan successful educational programs for children.
Non-competitive teaching strategy in which children are divided into small groups for learning activities which have cooperative goals. Each child has a clearly defined role, and each role is , -equally. Valued.
Community parent resource center
Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
Child study team
Changes made in the general classroom curriculum that allow each child to actively participate as his or her own level and meet his or her individual goals.
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. Last amended in 1994, this Act is in the 106th Congress for reauthorization. The DD Act supports state developmental disabilities councils, state protection and advocacy agencies, university-affiliated programs, and other projects of national significance to enhance the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Department of Defense Dependent Schools
Department of Education
Department of Rehabilitative Services
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the
Department of Social Services
A series of steps safeguarded by law (IDEA) that protect the rights of parents and their children with disabilities.
Early Intervention Services
Services provided to children with developmental delays from birth through their 3rd birthday.
Early childhood education
Education Department General Administrative Regulations. These establish uniform administrative requirements for federal grants and agreements awarded to institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations. Entities that apply for and receive federal grant funds must follow EDGAR regulations
Education of Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142) (EHA)
The Federal Law passed by Congress in 1975. The law deals with the process of providing children with disabilities a free, appropriate education. The law is, now called IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act).
Education of the Handicapped Act (now IDEA). The name of the original1975 legislation entitling children and youth with disabilities to a free appropriate public education.
Educable mentally handicapped
Educable mentally retarded
Changes that are made to adapt the learning., environment of the classroom so that each child can participate successfully.
Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
Educational resources information center
Educational service agency
Extended school day
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This law contains several federal programs designed to address the needs of disadvantaged students. The largest, Title 1 (formerly Chapter 1), is an $8 billion program designed to ensure that students in high poverty schools meet high standards. The law was amended in 1994 to strengthen provisions around high state standards for all students, accountability for schools and districts that continually under perform, and strong parental involvement and quality program requirements for schools and districts receiving Title 1 funds. The law is currently in the process of being reauthorized
English as a Second Language
ESY or EYS
Extended School Year or Extended Year Services
Procedures used to determine whether your child has a disability and the nature and extent of special education and related services necessary.
Extended School Year (ESY)
Special education and related services that are provided to a student in accordance with the student's individualized education program (IEP); beyond the normal school year; and/or school day and at no cost to parents. The determination of the need for ESY services to a student is determined by the PPT on an individual basis.
Extended School Year Services (ESY)
Special education and related services that are provided outside the normal school year.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
A federal law, enacted in 1984, that gives all parents of students under 18 or students over the age of 18 or attending post-secondary schools, the right to see, correct and control access to student records.
Free and Appropriate Public Education
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Functional behavioral assessment
Full educational opportunity goal
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Legislation giving parents the right to inspect and review their child’s educational records, to amend errors or inaccuracies in those records, and to consent to disclosure of records
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Freedom of Information Act . Enacted in 1966, this law entitles any person to the right to request access to federal agency records or information. There are some exemptions and exclusions that apply. Nearly all state governments have FOIA-type statutes that apply to state and local public agencies.
Freedom of Information Act
Federal resource center
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
Special education and related services that are provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and without charge; meet state and federal requirements, include preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education; and are provided according to an IEP.
Functional Behavior Assessment ( FBA )
A FBA is an assessment that looks at why a child behaves the way he or she does, given the nature of the child and what is happening in the environment. It is a process for collecting data to determine the possible causes of problem behaviors and to identify strategies to address the behaviors.
Interim alternative educational setting
Interagency coordinating council
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (formerly EHA). This law states that children with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education, including procedural protections and the right to an education that is standards based. The latest amendments to this special education law were passed in 1997.
The decision that a child is eligible for special education. Individualized Education Program (IEP) A written education program for a child with a disability that is developed by a team of professionals (administrators, teachers, therapists, etc.) And the child's parents; it is reviewed and updated at least yearly and describes the child's present performance, what the child's learning needs are, what services the child will need, when and for how long, and identifies who will provide the services.
Independent educational evaluation
Individualized education program
Individualized family service plan
Institution of Higher Education
Independent living center
The practice of providing a child with disabilities with his or her education within the general education classroom, with the supports and accommodations needed by that student. This inclusion typically takes place at the student's neighborhood school.
Independent Educational Evaluation
An evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the school district responsible for the education of your child.
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Written education program for a child with disabilities according to the guidelines of IDEA. The plan must be developed by a team which includes the parents or guardian.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Federal Law dealing with the process of providing children with disabilities with a free, appropriate, public education. Same as EHA.
Used a variety of ways within the literature, may mean either inclusion or mainstreaming, as defined herein. The context of the discussion determines its meaning.
Person who interprets or translates communication in a way, that is most familiar to a person who is hearing disabled.
Local education agency
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated. With children who are non-disabled;. And that special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that regular education-in-regular -classes with. The use of supplementary aids and services. Cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
Limited English proficiency
Least restrictive environment
The general education setting, where students without disabilities receive their education.
The practice of providing, a student with disabilities with some of his or her education in a general education classroom. Mainstreaming is not particularly synonymous with inclusion or may be called partial inclusion. The word implies that the student with disabilities receives a part (often the majority) of his or her education in a separate, self-contained special education classroom.
The process for reviewing whether there is a relationship between your child's disability and the behavior that is subject to the disciplinary action.
MD or MH
Multiple Disabilities or Multiply Handicapped
Muscular dystrophy association
Mildly mentally retarded
Moderately mentally retarded
Changes made to curriculum expectations in order to meet the needs of the student. Modifications are made when the grade level or age appropriate expectations are beyond the student's level of ability. Modifications may be minimal or very complex depending on the student performance. Modifications must be clearly acknowledged in the IEP.
Multi-factored Evaluation (MFE)
Process of using more than one test or evaluation procedure to determine, the- child's level of functioning in academics and behavioral performance, motor and language skills, vision, hearing, social and emotional status and general intelligence. The procedure should be conducted by more than one person.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
National Association of State Boards of Education
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
National Council on Disability
National Council on Independent Living
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
National down syndrome society
National education association
The public school a child would normally attend if he or she did not have a disability. As long as the student is a resident of the neighborhood served by the school, he or she may attend that school.
National Federation for the Blind
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
National Indian child welfare association
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
National mental health association
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Parent Network on Disabilities
National Parent to Parent Support and Information System
Notice of Proposed Rule Making. Whenever a federal agency proposes to publish new or amended regulations to enact a law (such as IDEA) the proposed regulations are issued in the Federal Register for public review and comment. The NPRM designation indicates that these are proposed regulations, out for public comment. Once finalized, regulations are published in the Federal Register as Final Rules and Regulations.
Notice of Proposed Rule Making
O & M
Orientation and Mobility
Related service that strengthens and develops a child's fine motor skills.
Office for Civil Rights
Oppositional defiant disorder
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
A branch of the U.S. Department of Education that enforces several Federal civil rights laws (such as, Section 504) that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, disability and on the basis of age. Frequently asked questions about the relation between IDEiA and Section 504.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
A division of the U.S. Department of Education dedicated to improving results for children with disabilities ages birth through 21, by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. OSEP administers the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
Other health impairment
Office of Management and Budget
A person who acts as a trusted intermediary between an organization and some internal or external constituency while representing the broad scope of constituent interests. In Washington State there is an Educational Ombudsman through the Governor's Office. Excellent information is available there. The Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) helps solve conflict and disputes between Washington families and elementary and secondary public schools so that students have every opportunity to stay in school and succeed. They are part of the Governor’s Office and function independently from the public school system.
Orientation and Mobility
Related service focusing on training a child with a disability (particularly visual impairments) to move independently within his/her environment.
Office for Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S.
P & A
Protection and Advocacy Agency
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
Peer-assisted learning system
A conference is a time for parents and teachers to share information, solve problems, and form a relationship that will help the student succeed. Suggestions about parent-teacher conferences are here.
Plan for Achieving Self-Support. A part of the SSI statute that permits the exclusion of income and resources of individuals who are blind or disabled, if an individual needs such income/resources to fulfill an approved PASS. PASS allows income to be set aside in order to reach a goal toward independence, such as starting a business, going to school, or obtaining training for a job. PASS set-aside money does not reduce SSI benefits.
Plan for Achieving Self-Support
OSEP’s Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Positive behavioral supports
Personal care attendant
Pervasive developmental disorder
Peer Interaction Support
Providing opportunities and the support that some children may need to be able to initiate and maintain relationships with other children.
Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act
Related service that focuses on helping children strengthen, improve, or develop their gross motor skills, such as walking, crawling, running and wheelchair' activities.
Parent Information and Resource Center
Planning and Placement Team (PPT)
A group of professionals who represent each of the teaching, administrative and pupil personnel staffs and who, with the parents, are equal participants in the decision making process to determine the specific educational needs of the child and develop, review and revise a child's IEP. A planning and placement team reviews referrals to special education, determines if the child needs to be evaluated, decides what evaluations will be given to the child, and determines whether the child is eligible for special education services.
PLEP or PLP
Present Level of Educational Performance or Present Level of
Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)
An approach to addressing challenging behaviors that includes functional assessment of the behavior, organizing the environment, teaching skills, rewarding positive behaviors, anticipating situations and monitoring the effect of interventions and redesigning interventions as necessary.
Preschool Special Education
Specially designed instruction that meets the needs of child with a disability between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
Present Levels of Educational Performance
Statements that should accurately describe the effect of your child's disability on his or her performance in any area of education that is affected, including academic areas and non-academic areas.
Prior Written Notice
An explanation why the school district proposes or refuses to take an action. The school must inform parents of any actions proposed or refused by the PPT, a description of other options that the PPT considered, an explanation why those options were rejected including assessment information used to make the decision. All this must be done in writing. In Connecticut , prior written notice is attached to the IEP. The proposed action cannot be implemented until five school days from the date the parents receives the notice.
Parent Training and Information Center
Public Expense t
He school district either pays for the full cost of evaluation, or ensures that the evaluation is otherwise provided at no cost to the parent.
Person who works with visually impaired children by reading school assignments to them.
Process of recommending a child suspected of having a disability that may require special education and related services for evaluation. Referrals can be made by parents and/or professionals.
Process of recommending a child suspected of having a disability that may require special education and related services for evaluation. Referrals can be made by parents and/or professionals.
Regional Education Service Center ( RESC )
A Connecticut public educational authority formed by four or more boards of education for the purpose of cooperative action to furnish programs and services.
Support, services needed to help your child with a disability benefit from special education.
Rehabilitative services agency
S/P D or S/P H
Severe/Profound Disability or Handicap
Supplementary Aids and Services
Spina Bifida Association of America
State education agency
Special education advisory committee
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. A civil rights statute designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Some individuals who do not qualify for services under IDEA may receive services and/or accommodations under Section 504.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
A federal civil rights statute that protects the rights of persons with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance, which includes public schools.
Serious emotional disturbance
Intermediate steps leading to each goal. These objectives must be measurable and understandable to all IEP participants.
State improvement grant
State implementation plan
Specific learning disability
Specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability
Speech and Language Pathologist
Professional educated in the study of human -communication, its development and its disorders. By evaluating the speech and language skills of children and adults, the speech-language pathologist determines if communication problems exist and decides the best way to treat these problems. Stay-put describes your child's educational status during a due process hearing. Usually, your child must remain in his or her present educational placement unless the IEP team agrees to change the placement or an impartial hearing officer issues a ruling changing the placement.
Specific Power of Attorney
Social security administration
Social Security Disability Income. Cash benefits paid to individuals who are blind or have other disabilities and who have previously worked under(i.e., paid into) Social Security.
Social security disability income
Supplemental Security Income. A supplemental cash benefits program administered by the Social Security Administration for individuals who are blind or have other disabilities who have little or no income or resources.
Student study team
The requirement that your child must stay in his or her current program or placement during the course of a due process hearing, unless you and the school district agree to a change.
Supplementary Aids and Services
Aids, services, program modifications, and/or supports for school personnel that are provided in general education classes or other education-related settings to enable students with disabilities to be educated with students who are non disabled.
Someone who is appointed by the state to act in the place of a child's parent, representing the child in all areas of educational matters, if the child's parent cannot be located, or is removed from the home.
Formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
Traumatic brain injury
Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
Two or more teachers, who sometimes have different-areas of, expertise (e.g. Special ed and general ed), cooperatively teaching a class or unit.
Formerly The Association for Retarded Citizens
The Perkins Act
The Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of 1998. The purpose of this act is to develop more fully the academic, vocational, and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students who choose to enroll in vocational and technical education programs. The act applies to the general population and to the following special populations individuals with disabilities; individuals from economically disadvantaged families, including foster children; individuals preparing for nontraditional training and employment; single parents; single pregnant women; displaced homemakers; and individuals with limited English proficiency.
Trainable mentally handicapped
Trainable mentally retarded
A coordinated set of activities for a student, designed with an outcome oriented process, that - promotes movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation.
Tourette syndrome association, inc.
Training and Technical Assistance
Teletypewriter (phone system for the deaf)
Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act
University affiliated program