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The OSEP Spanish Glossary Project (English-Spanish)

Cultural and Linguistic Competence / Education / Family Engagement / Spanish

  • Date: 02/13/2020

The right of parents to participate in educational decision-making regarding their child with a disability is an important underpinning of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). However, for many parents, lack of understanding of the 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. The OSEP Spanish Glossary was developed by the Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center@SPAN to ensure that educational terms related to the implementation of IDEA used in documents to promote parents’ authentic participation are translated in a uniform and comprehensible way, across states, geographical regions and communities of Spanish speakers.

OSEP Spanish Glossary of Common IDEA Terms, Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center at the
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey (2011). Retrieved from


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