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Special Education Acronyms




AAC Alternative Augmentative Communication
ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit/Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
APE Adapted Physical Education
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASL American Sign Language
AT Assistive Technology
AUT Autism
BIP Behavioral Intervention Plan
CAC Community Advisory Committee
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CASEMIS California Special Education Management System
CBI Community Based Instruction
CDE California Department of Education
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
DB Deaf-Blind
DD Developmental Delay
D/HH Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association
EC Education Code
ED Emotional Disturbance
ED U.S. Department of Education
ELL English Language Learner
EMD Established Medical Disability
ESL English as a Second Language
ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GE General Education
GATE Gifted and Talented
HI  Hearing Impaired
HH Hard of Hearing
IA Instructional Assistant
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ITP Individualized Transition Plan
LEA Local Education Agency
LI Low Incidence
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MD or MH Multiple Disabilities or Multiply Handicapped
MDR Manifestation Determination Review
MM Mild Moderate
NCLB No Child Left Behind Act (Elementary and Secondary Education Act, reauthorized in 2015 as ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act)
NPA Non-Public Agency
NPS Non-Public School
OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
O&M Orientation and Mobility Services
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education
OT Occupational Therapy
PT Physical Therapy
RC Regional Center
RTI Response to Intervention


This symbol means "Section" as in "§ 300.7 Child with a disability" in the IDEA regulations 
SAI Specialized Academic Instruction
SBE State Board of Education
SE Special Education
Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SST Student Study Team
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech/Language Impairment
SLP Speech/Language Pathologist
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
VI Visual Impairment