Commonly Used Acronyms

  • ADA: American with Disabilities Act
  • ADD/ADHD: Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • AE: Age equivalent
  • APE: Adaptive Physical Education
  • APR: Annual Performance Report
  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ASL: American Sign Language
  • AT: Assistive Technology
  • BIP: Behavior Intervention Plan
  • BOE: Board of Education
  • CDE: Colorado Department of Education
  • CST: Child Study Team
  • DD: Developmental Disability
  • ED: Emotional Disturbance
  • ECSE: Early Childhood Special Education
  • ESY: Extended School Year
  • FAPE: Free and Appropriate Public Education
  • FBA: Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • GT: Gifted and Talented Program
  • HI/HOH: Hearing Impaired/Hard of Hearing
  • IDEA: Individual with Disabilities Act
  • IDEIA: Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act (new)
  • IEP: Individual Education Plan
  • IH: Impartial Hearing
  • IQ: Intelligence Quotient
  • LEA: Local education agency
  • LD: Learning disabled
  • LRE: Least restrictive Environment
  • MH: Multiply Handicapped
  • MR: Mentally Retarded
  • OHI: Other Health Impaired
  • OT: Occupational Therapy
  • PBIS: Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
  • PC/PCD: Perceptual/Communicative (Disorder); now called Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • PDD/NOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not otherwise Specified
  • PI: Physical Impairment
  • PLC: Professional Learning Communities
  • PT: Physical Therapy
  • RtI: Response to Intervention
  • S/L: Speech/Language Pathologist
  • SLD: Specific Learning Disability (was called Perceptual/Communicative Disorder, or PC)
  • SLIC: Significantly Limited Intellectual Capacity
  • SSN: Significant Support Needs
  • STO(s): Short Term Objective(s)
  • SWAAAC: Statewide Assistive, Augmentative, Alternative Communication
  • SWAP: School to Work Alliance Program
  • TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury
  • TDD: Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
  • VI: Visual Impairment
  • VR: Vocational Rehabilitations

Taken from: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/Acronyms.asp