Frequently Used Acronyms

Category: Eligibility / Disabilities

OHI - Other Health ImpairmentADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder
DD - Developmental Delay

ED - Emotional Disturbance
LD - Learning Disabled
SLD - Specific Learning Disability
CP - Cerebral Palsy
VI - Visual Impairment
SLI - Speech and Language Impairment

Category: Agencies

LEA - Local Education Agency
SEA - state education agency
SELPA - Special Education Local Plan Area
CDE - California Department of Education
OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs (US DOE)
OAH - Office of Administrative Hearings
IHO - Independent Hearing Officer
CCS - California Children's Services
CMH - Community (County) Mental Health
DMH - Department of Mental Health
DSS - Department of Social Services
RC - Regional Center
SC - Service Coordinator (at RC)
OCR - Office for Civil Rights

Category: Services, supports, etc

DIS - Designated Instruction & Services
APE - Adaptive Physical Education
OT - Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapist
PT - Physical Therapy or Physical Therapist
RT - Recreational Therapy or Recreation Therapist
S/L - Speech and Language (used interchangeably with LAS)
LAS - Language and Speech services
AT - Assistive Technology
AAC - Assistive / Augmentative Communication
O&M - Orientation and Mobility
ESY - Extended School Year
EYS - Extended Year Services
TSA - Temporary Support Aide
TAA - Temporary Adult Assistant
AAA - Additional Adult Assistance or Additional Adult Assistant

RSP - Resource Specialist Program
SDC - Special Day Class
SAI - Specialized Academic Instruction
NPS - Non-Public School

PBIP - Positive Behavior Intervention Plan
PBSP - Positive Behavior Support Plan
FBA - Functional Behavior Assessment
FAA - Functional Analysis Assessment
BICM - Behavior Intervention Case Manager
BCBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BII - Behavior Intervention Implementation
BID - Behavior Intervention Development

Category: Assessment Measures and Test Names

WISC-III; WAIS-III; WPPSI-R - Wechsler Tests (evaluation of cognitive ability)
DAS - Differential Ability Scale (evaluation of cognitive, verbal, non-verbal, etc)
EVT - Expressive Vocabulary Test
VMI - Vision Motor Integration test
WJ - Woodcock Johnson test
CAHSEE - California High School Exit Exam
HSEE - High School Exit Exam

Category: Misc. Terms Related to Assessments

PR - Percentile Rankings
SD - Standard Deviations
SS - standard score or scaled score

Category: General Special Education Terms

FAPE - Free and Appropriate Public Education
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEIA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004
EAHCA - Education for All Handicapped Children Act (pre-IDEA)
IEP - Individualized Education Program (Plan)
CCR - California Code of Regulations
CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
IPP - Individual Program Plan (Regional Center)
IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan
IEE - Independent Educational Evaluation