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    The special education community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for.  While acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases, they can quickly lead to confusion and frustration. The Sedro-Woolley School District is pleased to provide this list of special education and disability related acronyms, and hope it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal acronyms in the field.

  • A Acronyms

    AAC - Alternative Augmentative Communication
    ABA - Applied Behavioral Analysis
    ABC - Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence
    ADA -Americans with Disabilities Act
    ADD/ADHD - Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    AMO - Annual Measurable Objectives
    APE - Adaptive Physical Education
    APR - Annual Performance Report
    ARRA - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorders
    ASL - American Sign Language
    AT - Assistive Technology

    B Acronyms

    BD - Behavioral Disorder
    BIP - Behavioral Intervention Plan
    BOE-Board of Education

     C Acronyms

    CAP - Corrective Action Plan
    CAPD - Central Auditory Processing Disorder
    CBA - Curriculum Based Assessment
    CC - Closed Captioning
    CEC - Council for Exceptional Children
    CF - Cystic Fibrosis
    CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
    CP - Cerebral Palsy
    CST - Child Study Team

    D Acronyms

    DB - Deaf-Blind
    DD - Developmental Delay
    DD Act - Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
    DDD - Division of Developmental Disabilities
    DIBELS - Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
    DS - Down Syndrome
    DSHSDepartment of Social and Health Services
    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association

    E Acronyms

    ECE - Early Childhood Education
    ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education
    ED - Emotional Disturbance
    ED - U.S. Department of Education
    EHA - Education of the Handicapped Act (now IDEA)
    EHDI - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
    EI - Early Intervention
    ELL - English Language Learner
    ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center
    ESD - Extended School Day
    ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act
    ESL - English as a Second Language
    ESY or EYS - Extended School Year or Extended Year Services

    F Acronyms

    FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
    FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
    FC - Facilitated Communication
    FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

     G and H Acronyms

    GE - General Education
    GT - Gifted and Talented
    HI - Hearing Impaired
    HO - Hearing Officer
    HoH - Hard of Hearing
    HQT - Highly Qualified Teacher

    I Acronyms

    IA - Instructional Assistant
    IAES - Interim Alternative Educational Setting
    ID - Intellectual Disabilities
    IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    IEE - Individualized Educational Evaluation
    IEP - Individualized Education Program
    IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan
    ITP | Individualized Transition Plan

    L, M, and N Acronyms

    LD - Learning Disability
    LEA - Local Education Agency
    LEP - Limited English Proficiency
    LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
    MD - Muscular Dystrophy
    MD or MH - Multiple Disabilities or Multiply Handicapped
    MD - Manifestation Determination
    MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
    MR - Mental Retardation
    NCLB - No Child Left Behind Act (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

    O Acronyms

    OCD - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    OCR - Office of Civil Rights
    ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    OHI - Other Health Impairment
    OI - Orthopedic Impairment
    O & M - Orientation and Mobility
    OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs
    OT - Occupational Therapy

    P and R Acronyms

    PALS - Peer-Assisted Learning System
    PASS - Plan for Achieving Self-Support
    PBS - Positive Behavioral Supports
    PCA - Personal Care Attendant
    PD - Physical Disability
    PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder
    PEI - Spanish acronym for the Individualized Education Program (Plan Educativo Individualizado)
    PLEP or PLOP - Present Level of Educational Performance or Present Level of Performance
    PS - Preschool
    PT - Physical Therapy
    RFP - Request for proposals
    RS - Related Services
    RTI - Response to Intervention
    RTTT - Race to the Top Fund

    S Acronyms

    § - This symbol means “Section” as in “§ 300.7 Child with a disability” in the IDEA regulations
    SAS - Supplementary Aids and Services
    SAT - Student Assistant Team
    SB - Spina Bifida
    SE - Special Education
    SEA - State Education Agency
    SEAC - Special Education Advisory Committee
    Section 504 - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    SI - Sensory Integratio
    SIG - State Improvement Grant
    SIP - State Implementation Plan
    SLD - Specific Learning Disability
    SLI - Speech/Language Impairment
    SLP - Speech/Language Pathologist
    SSDI - Social Security Disability Income
    SSI - Supplemental Security Income
    SST - Student Study Team

    T to Z Acronyms

    TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
    TDD - Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
    TS - Tourette Syndrome
    TTY - Teletypewriter (phone system for the deaf)
    VI - Visual Impairment
    Voc Ed - Vocational Education
    VR - Vocational Rehabilitation
    WIC - Women, Infants and Children (Special Supplemental Food Program) 

Last Modified on April 24, 2019