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The Understood Team 

is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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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.

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.

Americans with Disabilities Act:

A federal law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, public businesses and governments. Often referred to as ADA.

accommodations:

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

assistive technology:

Any device or software that makes it easier to complete everyday tasks. For example, an app that lets you dictate a message into your phone instead of having to type the words can be considered assistive technology.