Special Education : Glossary

Commonly Used Acronyms in Special Education

(not an exhaustive list)

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

ADHD

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

AEP

Alternative Education Program

AI

Auditory Impairment

APE

Adapted Physical Education

ARD

Admission, Review and Dismissal 

AU

Autism

BIP

Behavior Intervention Plan

CBI

Community Based Instruction

CHILD

Consultative Help for Individual Learning Decisions

CP

Cerebral Palsy

DARS

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services 

DB

Deaf Blind

DNQ

Does Not Qualify

DSM-5

Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Addition

ECC

Early Childhood Collaboration

ECI

Early Childhood Intervention

ED

Emotional Disturbance

EOC

End Of Course (exam)

ESY

Extended School Year

FAPE

Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA

Functional Behavior Assessment

FERPA

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

FIE

Full and Individual Evaluation

IA

Instructional Assistant

ID

Intellectual Disability

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2004 Reauthorization)

IEE

Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP

Individualized Education Plan

LD

Learning Disability

LRE

Least Restrictive Environment

MD

Multiple Disabilities

MT

Music Therapy

NICHY

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

NISD

Northside Independent School District

NVTP

Northside Vocational Transition Program

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ODD

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OH

Other Health Impairment

OI

Orthopedic Impairment

O&M

Orientation and Mobility

OJT

On the Job Training

OT

Occupational Therapy

PAC

Parent Advisory Committee

PDD

Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum)

PPCD

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

PT

Physical Therapy

REACH

Resource for Parents of Children with Autism

RDSPD

Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

RTI

Response to Intervention

SI

Speech Impairment

SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

STAAR

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness

STAAR-ALT2

State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness-Alternate 2nd Edition

TB

Traumatic Brain Injury

TEA

Texas Education Agency

TEKS

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

VI

Visual Impairment