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People First Language

People First Language (PFL) is a way of communicating that reflects knowledge and respect for people with disabilities by choosing words that recognize the person first and foremost as the primary reference and not his or her disability.  Empowering people with...

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Dyslexia Screening Process

“Say Dyslexia” law (T.C.A. § 49-1-229) is a law that requires school districts to implement a screening process for identifying characteristics of dyslexia.  You may have received a letter from your child’s school identifying that your child has reading difficulties...

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“Say Dyslexia” Law

In 2016, the Tennessee legislature passed a law that is also referred to as the “Say Dyslexia” law. The law requires schools to screen for characteristics of Dyslexia through Response to Intervention (RTI) and to provide “Dyslexia-specific intervention” for those...

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Common Special Education Terms

These are common Special Education terms and definitions. If you are trying to learn more, we are here to help! Disability: A condition recognized by the law. To qualify for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), students must have a disability that falls under one...

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Functional Behavior Assessment

What is a Functional Behavior Assessment? Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is a process schools use to understand why a student is acting or behaving a certain way.  Here are some questions they are looking to address:       What is triggering (causing) the...

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Manifestation Determination

Did you know that moving a student with challenging behaviors from in person to virtual learning could be considered a change in placement?   Definitions you may want to know: Individuals Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that children who receive special...

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