Category Archives: General Special Education

Mediation in Special Education Matters

The Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”) has a mediation program that it runs concurrently with its formal hearing process. Mediation is a form of ADR or alternative dispute resolution. A pamphlet issued by BSEA does a great job … Continue reading

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Glossary of Special Needs Acronyms

Sometimes the Special Education community would seem to use more acronyms than the military. While engaged parents pick up on the terms that are relevant to protecting their child’s interests quickly, here is a list of common special education acronyms … Continue reading

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How is a learning disability defined under the IDEA

The 2004 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), [Sec.602(30)] defines Specific Learning Disabilities as: (A); “IN GENERAL – specific learning disability means a disorder in 1 or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or … Continue reading

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Useful Glossary of Special Education Terms and Phrases

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Health and Human Services has published a useful introductory glossary of terms and phrases helpful to know for those faced with advocating for their child’s right to a free appropriate public education.

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What is Massachusetts Chapter 766?

Passed in 1972, the first non-categorical law guaranteeing all children the right to a free appropriate public education was codified at M.G.L  c. 766. Chapter 766, as it became known, later served as the model for the first federal special … Continue reading

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