Acronyms

Special Education - Acronyms & Jargon

There are many acronyms in Special Education. Please use this list as a reference.

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A

AAC                 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ADA                 Americans with Disabilities Act

ADHD              Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ASL                  American Sign Language

AT                    Assistive Technology

B

BIP                 Behavior Intervention Plan

B/VI               Blind/Visual Impairment

C

CEC                 Council for Exceptional Children

D

D/HOH           Deaf/Hard of Hearing

DSM V             Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

E

ED                   Emotional Disturbance

EI                    Early Intervention

ER                   Evaluation Report

ESY                 Extended School Year Services

F

FAPE               Free Appropriate Public Education

FAS                 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

FBA                 Functional Behavioral Analysis

FERPA            Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

H

HIPPA            Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HOTS             Higher Order Thinking Skills

I

ID                   Intellectual Disability

IDEA              Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP                 Individual Education Program

IQ                   Intelligence Quotient

L

LEA                 Local Education Agency

LD                   Learning Disability

LRE                 Least Restrictive Environment

M

MA                  Medical ACCESS

MD                  Multiple Disabilities

MID                Mild Intellectual Disability

N

NCLB              No Child Left Behind

NOREP           Notice of Recommended Educational Placement

O

ODD                Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OHI                 Other Health Impairment

OT                   Occupational Therapy

P

PBS                 Positive Behavior Support

PBSP               Positive Behavior Support Plan

PCA                 Personal Care Assistant

PDE                 Pennsylvania Department of Education

R

RR                   Reevaluation Report

RS                   Related Services

RTI                 Response to Intervention

S

SDI                 Specially Designed Instruction

SEA                 State Education Agency

SLD                 Specific Learning Disability

SIB                  Self-Injurious Behavior

SIP                  State Improvement Plan

S/LI                Speech or Language Impairment

SPP                 State Performance Plan

T

TBI                  Traumatic Brain Injury

TSS                  Therapeutic Support Staff

V

VBA                 Verbal Behavior Analysis