About the Author

About the Author

Amanda Morin 

worked as a classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist for 10 years. She is the author ofThe Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education. Two of her children have learning issues.

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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:

The federal law that guarantees all children with disabilities access to a free and appropriate public education. Often referred to as IDEA.

IEP:

Short for Individualized Education Program. A plan that details the support and services (such as speech therapy or multisensory reading instruction) a school will provide to meet the individual needs of a student with a disability who qualifies for special education.

504 plan:

A plan that lists the accommodations a school will provide, such as audiobooks, note-taking aids or extended time to complete tests, so that a student with a disability has equal access to the general education curriculum.

special education:

Specially designed instruction, provided at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. It can include specialized activities in gym, music and arts education and specialized instruction in the classroom, home or other settings.

accommodations:

A tool or procedure that provides equal access to instruction and assessment for students with disabilities.