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Navigating the Special Education Maze

Navigating the special education maze is confusing.  These resources may help shed light on your child’s issues.

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Special Education Law

See especially “Understanding Tests and Measurements” and “Letter to a Stranger”



Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy (CAPCA)

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Learning Disabilities Online 

Parents Helping Parents




California Department of Education, Special Education Division

California Office of Administrative Hearings, Special Education Division

U.S. Department of Education, Laws and Guidance

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 2013 Letter to Colleague regarding school district responsibilities to address bullying of students with disabilities

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-bullying-201410.pdf                                                                                                              U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 2014 Letter to Colleague regarding disability-based bullying of a student and school district obligations relating to bullying 


ABA        Applied Behavioral Analysis
ADD       Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ALJ          Administrative Law Judge
APE         Adaptive Physical Education
ASD         Autism Spectrum Disorder
BCBA      Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BIP           Behavior Intervention Plan
BSP          Behavior Support Plan

CCR         California Code of Regulations
CDE         California Department of Education
CFR          Code of Federal Regulations
ED            Emotional Disturbance
FBA          Functional Behavior Assessment
FAPE        Free Appropriate Public Education
FERPA     Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

IDEA       Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE           Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP           Individualized Education Program
IFSP         Individualized Family Service Plan
LD           Learning Disabled
LEA         Local Education Agency
LRE          Least Restrictive Environment

NPS          Nonpublic School
OAH        Office of Administrative Hearing
OCR         Office for Civil Rights
OSEP       Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS     Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT            Occupational Therapy
RSP          Resource Specialist Program
RTI           Response to Intervention

SEA          State Education Agency
SDC          Special Day Class
SLD          Specific Learning Disability
SLP           Speech Language Pathologist
USDoE     United States Department of Education