Acronyms

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THE ABC’S OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

Acronyms and abbreviations frequently used 
in the area of special education:

  • ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADHD - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • AEA - Area Education Agency
  • Arc - The Arc of East Central Iowa
  • AT - Autism
  • BD - Behavior Disability
  • BF -  Behavior Focused
  • CPI - Crisis Prevention Intervention
  • CST - Child Study Team –
    • a group of people including special education personnel who meet to discuss student concerns and recommend interventions
  • DD - Developmental Disabilities
  • DE - Department of Education
  • EC - Early Childhood
  • ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education
  • EI - Eligible Individual
  • ESYS - Extended School Year Services
    • (provision of special education programming beyond the 180-day school year services)
  • FAPE - Free, Appropriate Public Education
  • FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • GWAEA - Grant Wood Area Education Agency
  • HI - Hearing Impaired
  • ID -  Intellectual Disability
  • IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    • (Federal law mandating special education – amendment to P.L. 99-457)
  • IEP -  Individualized Education Program
  • IHP -  Individualized Health Plan
  • LD - Learning Disability
  • LRE - Least Restrictive Environment – part of Federal law (IDEA)
  • OT - Occupational Therapy
  • PEP - Parent Educator Partnership (Grant Wood AEA)
  • PT - Physical Therapy
  • SLP - Speech-Language Pathologist
  • SD - Severe Disabilities
  • SSA - Social Security Administration
  • TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury
  • VI -  Visually Impaired