Common Special Education Acronyms

  • There are a many new and old special education acronyms.  For your information the following are most commonly used:

    AAC Alternative Augmentative Communication      

    ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

    ADD Attention Deficit Discorder

    ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    ADLs Activities of Daily Living

    AFO Ankle Foot Orthosis

    AIS Academic Intervention Services

    AM Amendment

    APE Adaptive Physical Education

    ASL American Sign Language

    AR Annual Review

    ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder

    AT Assistive Technology

    BD Behavioral Disorder

    BIP Behavioral Intervention Program

    BIS Behavior Intervention Services

    CA Chronological Age

    CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder

    CF Cystic Fibrosis

    CFR Code of Federal Regulations

    CM Case Manager

    CP Cerebral Palsy

    CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education

    CSE Committee on Special Education

    CSPD Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

    DB Deaf-Blind

    DD Developmental Delay

    DS Down Syndrome

    DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

    ED Emotional Disturbance

    EDGAR Education Dept. General Administrative Regulations

    EI Early Intervention

    EP Emergency Placement

    ENL English as a New Language

    ESL English as a Second Language

    ESY Extended School Year

    FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

    FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment

    FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

    FOIA Freedom of Information Act

    GE General Education

    GT Gifted and Talented

    HI Hearing Impaired

    IAES Interim Alternative Educational Setting

    ICT Integrated Co-Teaching

    ID Intellectual Disability

    IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEP Individualized Education Plan

    IESP Individualized Educational Services Plan

    IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan

    IHO Impartial Hearing Officer

    IR Initial Referral

    IST Instructional Support Team

    LD Learning Disability

    LEA Local Education Agency

    LEP Limited English Proficiency

    LOTE Language Other Than English

    LRE Least Restrictive Environment

    MA Mental Age

    MD Multiple Disabilities

    MD Muscular Dystrophy

    MDR/MRT Manifestation Determination Review/Team

    OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    ODD Oppositional Defiance Disorder

    OHI Other Health Impairment

    OI Orthopedic Impairment

    O&M Orientation & Mobility

    OT Occupational Therapy

    PALS Peer-Assisted Learning System

    PDD Pervasive Developmental Disability 

    PLEP Present Level of Educational Performance

    PT Physical Therapy

    PWD Preschooler With a Disability

    RS Related Services

    RTI Response to Intervention

    §Section (as in §300.7 in IDEA)

    SAS Supplementary Aids and Services

    SB Spina Bifida

    SC Service Coordinator

    SE Special Education

    SED State Education Department

    SEPAC Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

    SES Student Exit Summary

    SI Speech Impairment

    SLT Speech/Language Therapy

    SSP Supplementary Support Personnel

    TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

    TDD Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf

    TLSO Thoracic-Lumbo-Sacral-Orthosis

    TS Tourette Syndrome

    TTY Teletypewriter (phone system for individuals with deafness)

    VI Visual Impairment