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Special Education Acronyms


ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ADA  Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
APE Adapted Physical Education
ASL American Sign Language
BD Behavior Disorder
BIP Behavioral Intervention Plan
CAT6 California Achievement Test 6
CP Cerebral Palsy
DB Deaf/Blind
DD  Developmental Disability
DIS Designated Instruction and Services
ED Emotionally Disturbed
ELL English Language Learner (previously ESL)
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
HI Hearing Impaired
HOH Hard of Hearing
ID Intellectual Disability (to replace MR)
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ITP Individual Transition Plan
LD Learning Disability
LEA Local Education Agency
LEP Limited English Proficient
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MD Multiple Disabilities
MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team
MH Multiple Handicapped
MR Mental Retardation (Soon to be replaced by ID)
MS Multiple Sclerorsis
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NPA Nonpublic Agency
NPS Nonpublic School (private)
OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
OCR Office of Civil Rights
OCS On-Campus Suspension
OHI Other Health Impaired
OI Orthopedically Impaired
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OT  Occupational Therapy
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PT Physical Therapy
PTI Parent Training and Information Center
PWN Prior Written Notice
RSP Resource Specialist Program
RTI Response to Intervention
SEA State Education Agency
SCC   Self-contained Classroom
SDC Special Day Class
SDE State Department of Education
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SH Severely Handicapped
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech/Language Impaired
SLP  Speech Language Pathologist
SST Student Study Team
STAR  California’s Standard Testing and Reporting
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
VI Visually Impaired
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