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- What is OAH?
The California Office of Administrative Hearings. OAH provides adjudicatory, mediation and settlement services throughout the state to school districts and parents of these special needs children. It conducts special education due process hearings.
Go to www.oah.dgs.ca.gov/Special+Education/default.htm for complete information.
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- Glossary - Acronyms & Terms
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
Assistive Technology Device
Equipment used to maintain or improve the capabilities of a child with a disability
Plan of positive behavioral interventions that is part of an IEP for a child whose behaviors interfere with his/her learning or that of others
Behavior Intervention Plan
Judicial opinions issued by a court
California Department of Education
Designated Instruction and Services
Under the ADA, an impairment that substantially affects one or more major life activities, record of having such impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment
Pre-trial process by which parties to a lawsuit exchange information with the other party
Due Process Hearing
Administrative hearing before an impartial hearing officer
Special education and related services pursuant to the IDEA provided to children under the age of 5 years
Extended School Year
Person called as a witness to testify because he/she has a recognized competence and expertise in a subject area
Free Appropriate Public Education
Functional Behavior Assessment: process of identifying factors associated with the occurrence (and non-occurrence) of specific behaviors
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA deals with confidentiality and access to student records
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Individualized Education Program
Educating children with special needs in regular education classrooms in their neighborhood schools
Intelligence quotient. An IQ score is an artificial number that is used to indicate levels of mental development
Local Education Agency
Least Restrictive Environment
Least Restrictive Environment
Concept of educating children with disabilities in an educational environment that exposes the child to children without disabilities to the maximum extent possible
Placing children with disabilities in regular education classrooms to the maximum extent possible
No Child Left Behind
Non Public Agency
Non Public School
Office of Administrative Hearings
Therapy to remediate motor skills
Other Health Impaired: a category of eligibility pursuant to the IDEA
Therapy to remediate gross motor skills
Adoption of a facility or program for a child with a disability that can be accomplished without undue administrative or financial burden
Services provided pursuant to the IDEA to supplement special education, such as counseling services, occupational therapy, and physical therapy
Special education placement that is provided in conjunction with or as a supplement to a child’s regular education program
Part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that provides that program recipients of federal financial assistance may not discriminate on the basis of a child’s disability
Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
Special Education Hearing Office
Specially Designed Instruction
Modification or changes to the general curriculum instruction necessary to implement the goals, benchmarks, and objectives of a child’s IEP
Educational programs and placements provided pursuant to the IDEA
A component of the IDEA to facilitate movement from school to the workplace or high education