Special Education Acronyms and Their Meanings

Ian C. Langtree Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2008/12/31 - Updated: 2023/12/25
Publication Type: Informative
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Glossary of special education acronyms including short definition of each listed abbreviation. This list provides common special education acronyms and their meaning to make it easier for you to actively participate in your child with disabilities education.


Do you sometimes wonder what some of the Acronyms in special education mean? This glossary of terms below will discuss common special education acronyms and what they mean to make it easier to actively participate in the education of someone with disabilities.

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These acronyms are just a glimpse into the vast range of terms used in special education. If you have any specific acronyms you'd like more information on, feel free to ask!

Special Education Glossary of Terms
504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA Applied Behavior Analysis
ABC Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence
ABC Association for Bright Children
AC Accommodated Only
ACC Augmentative Communication Clinic
ACCES-VR Adult Career and Continuing Education Services
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Average Daily Attendance
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL Activities of Daily Living
ADP Assistive Devices Program (MOHLTC)
ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
AEP Alternative Education Placement
AIS Academic Intervention Services
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
ALP Annual Learning Plan
APD Auditory Processing Disorder
APE Adaptive Physical Education
AQ Additional Qualification
ASCD Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorders
ASL American Sign Language
AT Assistive Technology
AU Administrative Unit
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BD Behavioral Disorder
BEST Behavior Education Support Training
BIP Behavioral Intervention Plan
BLDS Board Leadership Development Strategy
BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services
BOE Board of Education
BRIEF Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function
BRT Behavior Resource Teacher
BSW Behavior Support Worker
BUILLD Building Understanding and Independence in Lifeskills for Developmental Delays
CAC Community Advisory Committee on Special Education
CADDAC Center for ADHD/ADD Advocacy, Canada
CAP Central Auditory Processing
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CAS Children's Aid Society
CASE Community Alliance for Special Education
CAT Canadian Achievement Test
CBA Curriculum Based Assessment
CBM Curriculum-Based Measurement
CCAC Community Care Access Center
CCBD Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
CCSS Common Core State Standards
CD Cognitive Delay
CD Conduct Disorder
CDA Child Development Associate
CDOS Career Development and Occupational Studies
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CELF Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFS Children and Family Services
CFSA Child and Family Services Act
CHP Child Health Plus
CI Communication Impaired
CID Communication Interaction Disorder
CL Cooperative Learning
CMS Children's Memory Scale
CODE Council for Directors of Education
COE County Office of Education
COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
COQ Certificate of Qualification
COTA Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
CPI Crisis Prevention Intervention
CPR Content, Process, Results
CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education
CR Community Residence
CSE Committee on Special Education
CST Child Study Team
CT Consultant Teacher
CTE Career and Technical Education
CTOPP Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing
CYW Child and Youth Worker
DAPE Developmental Adaptive Physical Education
D/HH Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DB Deaf-Blindness or Deaf-Blind
DCD Developmental Cognitive Disability
DCT Direct Consultant Teacher
DD Developmental Delay or Developmental Disabilities or Developmental Disability
DDRO Developmental Disabilities Regional Office
DI Differentiation of Instruction
DIS Designated Instruction and Services
DOE Department of Education
DOH Department of Health
DOR Department of Rehabilitation
DPH Due Process Hearing Officer
DRA Developmental Reading Assessment
DREDF Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
DS Down Syndrome
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disordersl, 4th Edition
DSM-V Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition
DSS Department of Social Services
DSW Developmental Service Worker
DX Diagnosis
EA Educational Assistant
EAA Education Accountability Act (Bill 74)
EAP Employee Assistance Program
EBD Emotional Behavioral Disorder or Emotional Disturbance or Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
EBP Evidence-Based Practices
EC Education Code
ECDC Early Childhood Direction Centers
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECFE Early Childhood Family Education
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education
ED Emotional Disability, Emotional Disturbance
EHA Education for All Handicapped Children Act
EHDI Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
EI Early Intervention
EIC Education Improvement Commission
EIS Early Intervening Services
ELKP Early Learning Kindergarten Program
ELL English Language Learner (formerly ESL or ESD)
ELP Early Learning Program
ENT Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
EQAO Education Quality and Accountability Office
EQIA Education Quality Improvement Act (Bill 160)
ER Evaluation Report
ESD Extended School Day
ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act
eSIS Enhanced Student Information System
ESL English as a Second Language
ESP Essential Skills Program
ESY or EYS Extended School Year or Extended Year Services
ETFO Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
EVT Expressive Vocabulary Test
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment
FEP Fluent English Proficient
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFC Family Foster Care
FFH Foster Family Home
FIEP Facilitated IEP
FM Focused Monitoring
FMTA Focused Monitoring Technical Assistance
FRC Family Resource Center
FSS Family Support Services
FTE Full-Time Equivalent
GDD Global Developmental Delays
GE General Education
GED General Educational Development
GGRC Golden Gate Regional Center
GSN Grants for Student Needs
GT Gifted and Talented
HCBS Home Community Based Waiver
HI Hearing Impairment or Hearing Impaired
HOH Hard of Hearing
HQT Highly Qualified Teacher
IA Instructional Assistant
IAES Interim Alternative Educational Setting
IBI Intensive Behavioral Intervention
ICE Intensive Counseling Enriched class
ICF Intermediate Care Facility
ICS Individual Community Services
ICT Information and Communication Technology
ICT Integrated Co-Teacher
ID Intellectual Disability or Intellectually Disabled
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEIA Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
IEE Independent Education Evaluation
IEIC Inter-agency Early Intervention Committee
IEP Individual Education Plan or Individualized Educational Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan or Individual Family Service Plan
IHP Individual Health Plan
IIIP Individual Interagency Intervention Plan
ILC Independent Living Center
IPP Individual Program Plan
IPRC Identification, Placement and Review Committee
IPs Individual Plans (for students with anaphylactic allergies)
IQ Intelligence Quotient
ISA Intensive Support Amount (Funding Term)
ISP Individual Services Plan
ISS In School Suspension
IST Instructional Support Team
ITP Individual Transition Plan
ITP Individualized Transition Plan
JK Junior Kindergarten
KPI Key Performance Indicators
KTEA Kaufman Test of Education Achievement
LC Learning Center
LCI Licensed Children's Institutions
LD Learning Disability
LEA Local Educational Agency or Local Education Agency
LEP Limited English Proficiency or Limited English Proficient
LLD Language-based Learning Disability
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LTD Long Term Disability
LTO Long Term Occasional
MD Multiple Disabilities
MD Muscular Dystrophy
MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team
MID Mild Intellectual Disability
MIS Management Information System
MISA Managing Information for Student Achievement
MOD Modified
MR Mental Retardation
MTSS Multi-Tier System of Support
MTU Medical Therapy Unit
MU Multiple Exceptionalities
NCLB No Child Left behind Act (ESEA)
NEA National Education Association
NEADS National Education Association of Disabled Students
NEER Notice of Evaluation/Re-evaluation form
NLD Non-verbal Learning Disability
NOPAD Notice of Proposed Action of Denial form
NOS Not Otherwise Specified
NP Nurse Practitioner
NPS/NPA Non-Public Schools/Non-Public Agencies
NYSAA New York State Alternate Assessment
NYSED New York State Education Department
O&M Orientation and Mobility
OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OCFS Office of Children and Family Services
OCR Office of Civil Rights
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OEO Office of Equal Opportunity / CDE
OHD Other Health Disability
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
OMG Objectives, Materials, Goals
OMH Office of Mental Health
OSE Office of Special Education
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs
OT Occupational Therapy
OT/PT Occupational and Physical Therapy
PA Physician's Assistant
PAAC Parent Association Advisory Committee
PAAC on SEAC Parent Association Advisory Committee on Special Education Advisory Committees
PAI Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
PALS Peer-Assisted Learning System
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports or Positive Behavioral and Instructional Supports
PBS Positive Behavior Supports
PBS Positive Behavioral Supports
PCA Personal Care Assistant
PD Professional Development
PD Pupils with Disabilities, Physical Disability
PDD Preschooler with a Disability, Pervasive Developmental Disability
PE Physical Education
PECS Picture Exchange Communication System
PI Physical Disability
PIC Parent Involvement Committee
PIRLS Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
PISA Program for International Assessment
PLA Prior Learning Assessment
PLAAFP Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
PLC Professional Learning Community
PLEP Present Levels of Educational Performance
PPA Principal/Vice-principal Performance Appraisal
PPE Parents partenaires en ├ęducation
PPM Policy/Program Memoranda
PPS Pupil Personnel Services
PPVT Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
PQP Principal's Qualification Program
PRS Professional Relations Services
PSRS Procedural Safeguards and Referral Services / CDE
PSS Procedures, Strategies, Steps
PT Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy
PTI Parent Training and Information Center
PTR pupil:teacher ratio
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PWN Prior Written Notice
QAP Quality Assurance Process
QECO Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario
RA Regional Associate
RCT Regents Competency Test
REACCH Reaching Exceptionalities Through Academics in a Catholic Community of Hope
RIC Regional Information Center
RLA Responsible Local Agency
ROM Range of Motion
RS Related Services
RSP Resource Specialist Program
RT Resource Teacher
RTI Response to Intervention
RTO Retired Teachers of Ontario
SAIP Student Achievement Indicators Program
SALEP Supervised Alternative Learning for Excused Pupils
SB Spinal Bifida
SBAC Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
SBHAO Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Society
SBT School Based Team
SDC Special Day Class
SE Special Education
SEA Special Equipment Amount or State Educational Agency
SEAB Special Education Appeal Board
SEAC Special Education Advisory Committee
SEB Supplementary Employment Benefits
SED State Education Department
SEF School Effectiveness Framework
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area
SEOS Special Education Online System
SEPPA Special Education Per Pupil Amount
SERR Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (book)
SERT Special Education Resource Teacher
SET Special Education Tribunal
SETRC Special Education Training Resource Center
SFFM Student-Focused Funding model
SI Speech Impairment
SID Sensory Integration Disorder
SIP Special Incidence Portion
SK Senior Kindergarten
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech and Language Impairment
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SLP Social Learning Profile
SLP Speech and Language Pathologist
SMI Severely Multiply Impaired
SO Supervisory Officer
SOE Superintendent of Education
SOP State Operated Programs
SPED Special Education
SRI Standardized Reading Inventory
SRO State Review Officer
SRT School Resource Team
SSA Safe Schools Act (Bill 81)
SSDI Social Security Disability Income
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSP/ASD School Support Program/Autism Spectrum Disorder
SST Student Study Team
STAC System for Tracking and Accounting of Children
STAR State Testing and Reporting
STSCO Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario
SWAP School Work Assistive Program
SWD Students with disabilities
Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Sub CSE Subcommittee on Special Education
T-LCP Teaching-Learning Critical Pathway
TA Teaching Assistant
TAP Teacher Advisor Program
TAPS Test of Auditory Perceptual Skills
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telephone Device for the Deaf
TDS Therapeutic Day School
TESL Teachers of English as a Second Language
TESS The Easter Seal Society
TIMSS Trends International Mathematics and Science Study
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
TOWL Test of Written Language
TPA Teacher Performance Appraisal
TS Tourette Syndrome
TSF Tourette Syndrome Foundation
TTY Teletypewriter
TVO Television Ontario
TWS Test of Written Spelling
TnT Teachers and Technology
U/C University/College Preparation Course
UCPA United Cerebral Palsy Association
VESID Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
VI Visual Impairment or Visually Impaired
VIEWS VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
VMI Visual Motor Integration
VOCA Voice Output Communication Aids
VOICE VOICE for the Hearing Impaired
VR Vocational Rehabilitation
WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
WIAT Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
WISC Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
WISC-III Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children, Third Edition
WISC-R Wechsler Intelligence Scales for Children, Revised
WJ-III Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Achievement
WPM Words per Minute
WRAP Wraparound Program
WSIB Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
YCW Youth Care Worker
YO Young Offenders
YOA Young Offenders Act

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