OSEP Spanish Glossary Now Available

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a Spanish Glossary with over 250 IDEA related terms in Spanish. The OSEP Spanish Glossary was developed to ensure that educational terms related to the implementation of the IDEA used in documents to promote parents’ participation are translated in a uniform and comprehensive way, across states, geographical regions and communities of Spanish speakers. The glossary was developed through a collaborative process that included focus groups of parents from a diversity of Spanish cultures, with children of various ages and a broad range of disabilities. Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers as well as schools, districts, and educators are encouraged to use the glossary to eliminate any variances in translations of these terms. The glossary should be a great resource to help Spanish-speaking parents participate in the special education process.

Similarly, my office The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People has publishedGuia de la Ley de Educacion Especial a Spanish/English version of my book The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. Guia de la Ley is printed with the Spanish and English version of the information side-by-side on every page. Thus, the Spanish and English readers are looking at the same information.These books can be purchased from our website. It was not easy to publish this resource so that the Spanish and English information is side-by-side, but we are very pleased and proud that our not for profit agency was able to do it.

U.S. Department of Education Issues Part C Regulations

     Today, the Department of Education (the Department) issued the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part C serves infants and toddlers from birth through age two with developmental delays or who have diagnosed physical or mental conditions with high probabilities of resulting in developmental delay.The final Part C regulations incorporate provisions of the 2004 amendments to Part C of the IDEA. There are 350,000 children served nationally under Part C and the Department hopes that these regulations will improve services and outcomes for these children. The regulations are intended to focus on measuring and improving outcomes with the goal of ensuring that infants and toddlers with disabilities are ready for preschool and kindergarten.

     The Department is also releasing a notice of proposed rule making to amend  the Part B regulations. Changes are being proposed regarding when a state (SEA) or local education agency (LEA) wants  to use a child’s or parent’s public benefits (like Medicaid) to pay for Part B services. The proposed regulations are intended to ensure the protection of the rights of parents and children and ensure that children receive a free appropriate public education while addressing some concerns from SEAs and LEAs regarding burdens imposed by the current regulations.

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