||Chapter 766: The
Massachusetts Special Education Law.
I.D.E.A: (The Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act) The
U.S. federal law that directs the
states to provide free and
appropriate education to all
students with disabilities from age
3 until age 22.
Individual Education Program (IEP): the document that describes a
child's approach to learning and
identifies modifications to
facilitate successful learning. The
I.E.P. outlines the educational
programs and services that will be
provided to meet the stated goals.
The I.E.P. is reviewed annually by
the Team (including the parents) but
adjustments can be made at any time
Occupational Therapy: An
occupational therapist generally
assists a student with delays in
fine motor skills which effects
their ability to write, cut, etc., as well as sensory integration skills.
Out-of-district program: A
school outside of our district that
has special expertise with a
Least Restrictive Environment
(LRE): Inclusion of students
with disabilities in the regular
classroom to the maximum extent
possible with any necessary
Section 504 Accommodation Plan
(504): When a student has a
disability but the TEAM determines
he or she does not need specially designed
instruction, he or she may receive
accommodations or related services
via a Section 504 plan. It may be
thought of as a plan that is less
formal and detailed than an IEP.
Section 504 is part of the Federal
Civil Rights law.
Specific Learning Disability: a disorder of one or more of the
processes involved in understanding
or using language, that may manifest
itself in an imperfect ability to
listen, think, speak, read, write,
spell, or to do mathematical