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Special Education Acronyms


ABA – Applied Behavioral Analysis

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD/ADHD/AD/HD – Attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ALJ – Administrative law judge

AYP – Adequate Yearly Progress

BD – Behavior Disorder

BIP/BMP – behavioral intervention plan/behavior management plan

CFR- Code of Federal Regulations

CRP – Complaint Resolution Procedure

DP – Due process

DSM-IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 4th Edition

ED- U.S. Department of Education

ED – Emotional disturbance/emotionally disturbed

EDGAR –Education Department General Administrative Regulations

EHA –Education of the Handicapped Act (now known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

ESL – English as a second language

ESY –Extended school year

FAPE – Free appropriate public education

FBA – Functional behavior assessment

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FPCO – Family Policy Compliance Office

IAES/IAEP – Interim alternative educational setting/interim alternative educational placement

IDEA- Individuals with Disabilities Act

IEE – Independent educational evaluation

IEP – Individualized education program

IEU/IU – Intermediate Education Unit

IFSP – Individualized family services plan

IHO – Impartial Hearing Officer

ISS – In-school suspension

LD –Learning disability/learning disabled

LEA – Local educational agency

LEP – Limited English proficiency

LOF – Letters of findings

LRE – Least restrictive environment

MD/MDR – Manifestation determination/manifestation determination review

MDT – Multidisciplinary team

NAEP – National assessment of educational process

NCLB – No child left behind (Act of 2001)

OCD-  Obsessive compulsive disorder

OCR – Office for Civil rights

ODD – Oppositional defiant disorder

OHI- Other health impaired

OSEP – Office of Special Education Programs

OSERS – Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OT – Occupational therapy

PART B – Pat B of the IDEA (State Grants Program)

PART C – Part of the IDEA (Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Program) (Formerly Part H)

PDD – Pervasive development disorder

PT – Physical therapy

RM – Resolution meetinging

RTI – Response to intervention

SBR – Scientifically based research

SEA – State educational agency

SECTION 504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

SECTION 1983 – 42 USC 1983

SED – Serious emotional disturbance

SLD – Specific learning disability

SRO – State review officer

TEACCH – Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communications and Handicapped Children

TITLE 1 –  Title 1 of  the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

USC –United States Code