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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Disability Definitiions
Definitions of disabilities and related links
Education Laws & Regulations
603 CMR 28.00 Special Education Regulations
Is special education the right service?
A technical assistance guide to help determine if special education is the right service for a student. 
Parent Guide
A Parent's Guide for Special Education, developed to serve as a resource for parents & the organizations that serve them.
Parents Rights Brochure
Brochure to assist in understanding the special education process, and the rights of the parent's when their child has been referred for or is receiving special education services.

Program Quality Assurance (PQA)
PQA implements the Department's compliance monitoring and complaint management procedures for schools.  It provides technical assistance to schools and the public regarding implementation of laws and regulations.