Special Education Acronyms and Terms

Quick Reference Guide

AAC: Alternative Augmentative Communication
ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD: Attention Deficit/Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADLs: Activities of Daily Living
APE: Adaptive Physical Education
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorders
ASL: American Sign Language
AT: Assistive Technology
AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress
BIP: Behavioral Intervention Plan
CD: Cognitive Delay
CF: Cystic Fibrosis
CP: Cerebral Palsy
CST: Child Study Team
DB: Deaf-Blind
DD: Developmental Delay
DOE: Department of Education
DoH: Department of Health
DPH: Due Process Hearing Officer
DS: Down Syndrome
ECE: Early Childhood Education
EBD: Emotional Bahaviorial Disturbance
EI: Early Intervention
ESD: Extended School Day
ESEA: Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESL: English as a Second Language
ESY/EYS: Extended School Year or Extended Year Services
FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBA: Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FM: Focused Monitoring
GE: General Education
GT: Gifted and Talented
H: Hearing Impaired
ID: Intellectual Disabilities
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE: Individualized Educational Evaluation
IEP: Individualized Education Program
IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan
IQ: Intelligence Quotient
ITP: Individualized Transition Plan
LD: Learning Disability
LEA: Local Education Agency
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
MD: Muscular Dystrophy
MD or MH: Multiple Disabilities or Multiply Handicapped
NCLB: No Child Left Behind Act (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
NEA: National Education Association
OCD: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OHI: Other Health Impairment
OI: Orthopedic Impairment
O & M: Orientation and Mobility Services
OT: Occupational Therapy
PBS: Positive Behavioral Supports
PD: Physical Disability
PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PLEP or PLP: Present Level of Educational Performance or Present Level of Performance
PP: Paraprofessional
PT: Physical Therapy
RDA: Results-Driven Accountability
RS: Related Services
RTI: Response to Intervention
SA: Self-Assessment
SAS: Supplementary Aids and Services
SAT: Student Assistance Team
SB: Spina Bifida
SE: Special Education
Section 504:Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
SED: Serious Emotional Disturbance
SI: Sensory Integration
SLP: Speech Language Pathologist
SLD: Specific Learning Disability
SLI: Speech/Language Impairment
SLP: Speech/Language Pathologist
TB: Traumatic Brain Injury
TS: Tourette Syndrome
VI : Visual Impairment
Voc Ed: Vocational Education
VR: Vocational Rehabilitation

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