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Delay

Development which does not occur within expected time ranges. 

Developmental Delay

A delay in the usual steps of growth and development for children from birth through 18 years old.

Disability

The result of a physical or mental condition that prevents an individual from developing, achieving or functioning within a normal range.

Dispute process

Procedure to resolve disputes between parents and schools. 

Due process hearing

A formal procedure to resolve a dispute between parents and the school system about identification, evaluation or educational placement/program of a child.