Feel like you’re swimming in the alphabet soup of school related acronyms? Let us help you navigate the system.

Girl and assistance dog getting on school busADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
ARD – Admission Review and Dismissal
BFF – Best Friends for Life –  CHASA parents who will hold your hand and help you navigate the school system.
BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan
CPSE – Committee on Preschool Special Education
EBD – Emotional or Behavioral Disorder
FAPE – Free and Appropriate Education
504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP – Individual Education Plan
LRE – Least Restrictive Environment
MD – Manifestation Determination
OCR – Office for Civil Rights
OSERS – Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
POHI – Physically and Otherwise Health Impaired
RTI – Response to Intervention
WISC – Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

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Special Education – The public school system provides special education and related services for school-aged children, including preschoolers.

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Mental Health and Behavior – Children with hemiplegia often experience challenges with handling emotions and behavior.

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IEP (Individualized Education Program) – Learn more about this program and how it can help your child succeed in school.

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Learning Differences – Learn more about the types of learning differences seen in children with hemiplegia, tips from parents, assessment, and more.

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School Advocacy – Examples of letters to the teacher, explaining hemiplegia and related disabilities to students, and bullying.

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Classroom Tips – Parents and students share ideas on assistive technology, keyboarding and handwriting, musical instruments, school survival for middle school and high school and more educational resources.