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Special Education Acronyms

Parents are often overwhelmed by the number of acronyms that are used in special education. Here are some of the most frequently used acronyms, even though this is not an exhaustive list, these cover some of the ones that are commonly used.

Adaptive Behavior-AB

Applied Behavioral Analysis-ABA

American Disability Act-ADA

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-ADHD

APE -Adapted Physical Education

Autism Spectrum Disorder -ASD

Assistive Technology-AT

Board Certified Behavior Analyst-BCBA

Community-Based Instruction-CBI

Curriculum-Based Measurement CBS

Code of Federal Regulations-CFR

Child Protective Services-CPS

Career Technical Education-CTE


Early Childhood Special Education-ECSE

Emotionally Disturbed-ED

Extended School Year-ESY

Free Appropriate Public Education FAPE

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act-FERPA

Full-Time Equivalent-FTE

Intellectual Disability -ID

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act -IDEIA

Independent Education Evaluation-IEE

Individualized Education Program IEP

Individualized Family Service Plan-IFSP

Local Educational Agency-LEA

Limited English Proficient-LEP

Least Restrictive Environment-LRE

Memorandum of Understanding MOU

No Child Left Behind-NCLB

Office of Administrative Hearings-OAH

Office of Civil Rights-OCR

Other Health Impaired-OHI

Orthopedically Impaired-OP

Office of Special Education Programs-OSEP

Occupational Therapy -OT

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports-PBIS

Physical Therapy-PT

Prior Written Notice-PWN

Related Services-RS

Response to Intervention-RTI

Speech Impairment-SI

Speech Language Pathologist-SLP

Traumatic Brain Injury-TBI

Universal Design for Learning-UDL

United States Department of Education–USDE

Visually Impaired-VI