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(5.6) What is the difference between “related services” and “designated instruction and services” (DIS)?

(5.6) What is the difference between “related services” and “designated instruction and services” (DIS)?

“Designated instruction and services” (DIS) is California’s version of the term “related services.”  [5 C.C.R. Sec. 3051; Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56363.]  California’s definition of DIS basically follows the federal definition of related services. A student’s entitlement to special education and related services is a right established under federal law and state law cannot be applied to deny services to which a child would be entitled under federal law.