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The ABCs of Government, Special Education, and Advocacy

Note:the following list is by no means exhaustive nor does it contain definitions. It is provided merely as an aid to the reader entering the maze of government writings, references to or clarifications thereof.

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

CSPD Comprehensive system of personnel development

DOE Department of Education

EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations

FAPE Free appropriate public education

FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FR Federal Register

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (formerly the Education for the Handicapped Act)

IDELR Individuals With Disabilities Education Law Report

IEE Independent educational evaluation

IEP Individualized education program

IEU Intermediate educational unit

IFSP Individualized family service plan

NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking

LEA Local education agency (school district)

LRE Least restrictive (educational) environment

OCR Office of Civil Rights (of U.S. Department of Education)

OMB Office of Management and Budget

OSEP Office of Special Education Programs (of U.S. Department of Education)

OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (of U.S. Department of Education

PE Physical Education

SEA State Education Agency

USC United States Code

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From the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Learning Disabilities Association of America LDA Bulletin
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