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Special Education Acronyms

There are so many acronyms that are used in special education that sometimes it can be confusing. Here is a list of the most commonly used acronyms.

ADA Americans With Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AODA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
APE Adapted Physical Education
APR Annual Performance Report
ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASL American Sign Language
AT Assistive Technology
AU Autism
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CP Cerebral Palsy
DB Deaf Blindness
DD Developmental Delay
DD Council Developmental Disabilities Council
DF Deafness
DOC Department of Corrections
DPI Department of Public Instruction
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV
DVR Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Department of Workforce Development
EC Early Childhood
ED Emotional Disturbance
EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GPR General Program Revenue
GT Gifted and Talented
HI Hearing Impairment
HIPPA Health Insurance  Portability Accountability Act
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individual Family Services Plan
IQ Intelligence Quotient
LEA Local Educational Agency
LPP Local Performance Plan
LEP Limited English Proficient
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MD Multiple Disabilities
NCLB No Child Left Behind
OCR Office for Civil Rights.
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
O&M Orientation and Mobility
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OT Occupational Therapy
PBIS Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorders
PT Physical Therapy
PLOEP or PLOP Present Level of Educational Performance
RtI Response to Intervention
SAP School Age Parents
SEA State Educational Agency
SLD Specific Learning Disability (formerly just LD)
SI Sensory Integration
SLI Speech Language Impairment
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
STO Short Term Objectives
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD/TTY Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
USDE US Department of Education
VI Visual Impairment
VR Vocational Rehabilitation

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