Commonly Used Abbreviations and Acronyms for Special Education


Disability Areas

Autism AUT
Communicatively Handicapped CH
Deaf/Blind D/B
Deaf Deaf
Deaf and Hard of Hearing DHH
Emotional Disturbance ED
Hard of Hearing HH
Hearing Impairment HI
Intellectual Disability ID
Learning Disability LD
Mental Disability MD
Multiple Disability MD
Multihandicapped MH
Orthopedic Handicapped OH
Orthopedic Impairment OI
Other Health Impairment OHI
Pervasive Developmental Disorders PDD
Physical Disability PD
Physical and Health Disabilities PH
Serious Emotional Disturbance SED
Severe Disability SD
Severe Handicapped SH
Severe Learning Disability SLD
Severe Orthopedic Impairment SOI
Speech/Language Impairment S/LI
Traumatic Brain Injury TBI
Visual Handicap VH
Visual Impairment VI

Commonly Used Abbreviations & Acronyms

Abbreviated Stanford Achievement Test ASAT
Activities of Daily Living ADL
Adaptive Behavior AB
Adaptive Behavior Scale ABS
Adapted Physical Education APE
American Association on Mental Retardation AAMR
Association for Retarded Citizens ARC
Americans with Disabilities Act ADA
Attention Deficit Disorder ADD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD
Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR
American Sign Language ASL
Assistive Technology AT
Autism Behavior Checklist ABC
Board of Elementary and Secondary Education BESE
Behavioral Intervention Plan BIP
Behavior Support Plan BSP
Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language & Academic Development BCLAD
California Alternate Performance Assessment CAPA
California Children’s Services CCS
California Department of Education CDE
California English Language Development Test CELDT
California High School Exit Exam CAHSEE
California School for the Blind CSB
Center for Positive Change CPC
Cerebral Palsy CP
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant COTA
Childhood Autism Rating Scale CARS
Cognitive Disability CD
Community Advisory Committee (Special Education) CAC SE
Community-Based Instruction CBI
Community Service Center for the Disabled CSCD
Council for Exceptional Children CEC
County Mental Health CMH
Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development CLAD
Department of Rehabilitation DR
Department of Social Services DSS
Designated Instruction & Services DIS
Developmental Delay DD
Diagnostic Resource Teacher DRT
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association DSM
Early Childhood EC
Early Intervention (Infants and Toddlers) EI
Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment EPSDT
Employability Counseling Services ECS
English Language Learner ELL
English Learner EL
English for Limited -English -Proficient Students ELEPS
Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA
English as a Second Language ESL
Extended School Year ESY
Fluent -English Proficient FEP
Free Appropriate Public Education FAPE
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome FAS
Functional Behavioral Assessment FBA
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act FERPA
Freedom of Information Act FOIA
Hearing Impairment HI
Health and Human Services Agency HHSA
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPPA
Hearing Officer HO
Home Language Survey HLS
Idea Proficiency Test IPT
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act IDEA
Independent Educational Evaluation IEE
Individual Education Program/Plan IEP
Individualized Service Plans ISP
Instructional/Behavioral Technician IBT
Intelligence Quotient IQ
Integrated Life Skills ILS
Interdistrict Attendance Agreement IAA
Interdistrict Attendance Permit IAP
Interim Alternative Education Setting IAES
Juvenile Court and Community Schools JCCS
Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children K-ABC
Language Development Specialist LDS
Language, Speech and Hearing LSH
Least Restrictive Environment LRE
Learning Disabilities Association LDA
Location Education Agency LEA
Licensed Children’s Institution LCI
Limited English Proficient LEP
Manifestation Determination MD
Mental Retardation MR
Movement Opportunities Via Education MOVE
Multiple Disabilities MD
Multi -Agency Referral Review Team MARRT
Nonpublic Agency NPA
Nonpublic School NPS
Orientation and Mobility O&M
Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder OCD
Occupational Therapy/Therapist OT
Office for Civil Rights OCR
Oppositional Defiant Disorder ODD
Outreach and Early Intervention Project OEIP
Overall Proficiency Levels OPL
Parentally Placed Private School Students PPPSS
Personalized Assistive Technology Hub PATH
Physical Education PE
Physical Therapy/Therapist PT
Positive Behavior Supports PBS
Progressive Academic Curriculum Enrichment PACE
Residential Treatment Center RTC
Response to Intervention RTI
Sacramento City Schools SCS
Sacramento County Office of Education SCOE
Sacramento Oral Assessment Instrument SOAI
Sacramento City Unified School District SCUSD
Scholastic Aptitude Test SAT
School Attendance Review Board SARB
School -Initiated Placement SIT
School-to-Work Transition Assistant STWTA
Schoolwide Applications Mode SAM
Sensory Behavioral Integration SBI
Services for Pre-Primary Age Children SPPAC
Social Worker SW
Social Security Number SSN
Special Education SE
Special Education Assist SEA
Special Education Early Childhood SEEC
Special Education Hearing Office SEHO
Special Education Limited English Proficient SELEP
Special Education Local Planning Area SELPA
Special Education Division SPED
Special Education Parent Facilitator SEPF
Special Education Service Plan SESP
Special Education Technician SET
Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English SDAIE
Speech/Language Pathologist SLP
Standardized Testing and Report Program STAR
State Educational Agency SEA
Student Apprenticeship Program SAP
Student Information System SIS
Student Study Team SST
Successful Transitions Achieved Through Responsive Support STARS
Supplemental Security Income SSI
Traumatic Brain Injury TBI
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf TDD
Teletypewriter TY
Tourette Syndrome TS
Transition Partnership Program (Project GOLD) TPP
Transition Plan TP
Transition Resources for Adult Community Education TRACE
United Cerebral Palsy UCP
U.S. Department of Education DOE
Vocation Education VE
Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program VEEP
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor VRC
Visual Impairment VI
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children WISC
Program for Women, Infants and Children (Federal Grant)  WIC
Youth Opportunities Unlimited  YOU