Special Education : Glossary

Commonly Used Acronyms in Special Education

(not an exhaustive list)

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act IEP Individualized Education Plan
ADHD

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Type 1, Type 2, or Combined Type)

LRE Least Restrictive Environment
AEP Alternative Education Program MD Multiple Disabilities
AI Auditory Impairment MT Music Therapy
APE Adapted Physical Education NICHY National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities
ARD Admission, Review & Dismissal NISD Northside Independent School District
AU Autism OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
CBI Community Based Instruction OH or OHI Other Health Impairment
CP Cerebral Palsy OI Orthopedic Impairment
DARS Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services O&M Orientation & Mobility
DB Deaf-Blind OJT On the Job Training
DNQ Does Not Qualify OT Occupational Therapy
DSM-5 Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition PAC Parent Advisory Committee
ECC Early Childhood Collaborative PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum)
ECI Early Childhood Intervention PT Physical Therapy
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education (formerly known as PPCD - Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities) REACH Resource for Parents of Children with Autism
ED Emotional Disturbance RDSPD Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
EOC End of Course (exam) RtI Response to Intervention
ESY Extended School Year SI Speech Impairment
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education SLD Specific Learning Disability
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment SLP Speech Language Pathologist
FERPA Family Education Rights & Privacy Act STAAR State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness
FIE Full & Individual Evaluation STAAR-ALT 2 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness - Alternate 2nd Edition
IA Instructional Assistant TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
ID Intellectual Disability TEA Texas Education Agency
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (2004 Reauthorization) TEKS Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation VI Visual Impairment