The OSEP Spanish Glossary Project

The right of parents to participate in educationaldecision-making regarding their child with adisability is an important underpinning of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   However, for many parents, lack of understanding of education and legal terminology included in IDEA, may limit their ability to effectively accomplish this important role.  This is an especially significant challenge for parents of children with disabilities who are not native English Speakers.  This product, the OSEP Spanish Glossary, has been developed to ensure that educational terms related to the implementation of IDEA used in documents to promote and parents’ authentic participation are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way, across states, geographical regions and communities of Spanish speakers.

Source: NorthEast Parent Center Assistance and Collaboration Team

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