Common Special Education Acronyms

  • ADA:  Americans with Disabilities Act

  • ADD/ADHD:  Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • APE:  Adaptive Physical Education

  • AT:  Assistive Technology

  • BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan

  • CAC: Community Advisory Committee

  • DD: Developmental Disabilities; Developmentally Delayed

  • ED:  Emotional Disturbance

  • ESY: Extended School Year

  • FBA:  Functional Behavioral Assessment

  • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

  • FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education

  • IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (2004)

  • IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation

  • IEP: Individualized Education Program

  • IFSP: Individual Family Service Plan

  • IPP: Individual Program Plan (Regional Center)

  • ITP:  Individualized Transition Plan

  • LAS:  Language and Speech

  • LEA: Local Education Agency (School District)

  • LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

  • NCLB: No Child Left Behind

  • NPA:  Nonpublic Agency

  • NPS: Nonpublic School

  • OAH: Office of Administrative Hearings

  • OCR: Office of Civil Rights - Federal

  • OHI: Other Health Impairment

  • OSEP:  Office of Special Education Programs

  • OT: Occupational Therapy

  • PBIS:  Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

  • PT: Physical Therapy

  • RTI:  Response to Intervention

  • SAI: Specialized Academic Instruction

  • SELPA: Special Education Local Plan Area

  • SDC: Special Day Class

  • SLD: Specific Learning Disability

  • SST:  Student Study (or Success) Team

  • 504 Plan: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 / Americans with Disabilities Act