Common Terms in Special Education

  • ADA

    Americans with Disabilities Act

    APE

    Adapted Physical Education

    AT

    Assistive Technology

    AU

    Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder

    AYP

    Adequate Yearly Progress

    BASC

    Behavior Assessment System for Children

    BIP

    Behavior Intervention Plan

    C.O.P.E.

    Community Outreach Program for Education

    COTA

    Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

    DB

    Deaf-Blindness

    DD

    Developmental Delay

    DPI

    Department of Public Instruction

    DSM-IV

    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV-TR

    EC

    Exceptional Children

    EI

    Early Intervention

    ELL

    English Language Learner

    EOC/EOG

    End of Course/Grade

    ESY

    Extended School Year

    FAPE

    Free Appropriate Public Education

    FBA

    Functional Behavior Assessment

    HI

    Hearing Impaired

    ID

    IDMI 

    IDMO

    Intellectual Disability 

    Intellectual Disability – Mild

    Intellectual Disability - Moderate

    IDEA

    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEE

    Individual Education Evaluation

    IEP

    Individual Education Program

    IFSP

    Individual Family Service Plan

    IHCP

    Individualized Health Care Plan

    ID

    Intellectual Disability

    IPT

    IDEA Proficiency Test (used for LEP students)

    IQ

    Intelligence Quotient

    ITP

    Individualized Transition Plan

    LD

    Learning Disability/Difference/        Disorder

    LEA

    Local Education Agency

    LEP

    Limited English Proficiency

    LRE

    Least Restrictive Environment

    MU

    NCDPI

    Multi-Handicapped

    North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

    OCS

    Occupational Course of Study

    OHI

    Other Health Impaired

    OI

    Orthopedic Impairment

    O&M

    Orientation and Mobility

    OSEP

    Office of Special Education Programs

    OSERS

    Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services

    OT

    Occupational Therapy

    P&A

    Protection and Advocacy

    Part B

    Special Education - School-aged Children

    Part C

    Special Education - Birth through Two Years Old (Early Intervention)

    PEP

    Personalized Education Plan

    PLP/PLEP/ PLOP

    Present Levels of Educational Performance

    PT

    Physical Therapy/Therapist

    PTIC

    Parent Training and Information Center (NC's PTIC is ECAC)

    RRC

    Regional Resource Center

    RTI

    Response to Intervention

    SCS/SCoS

    Standard Course of Study

    SED

    Severely Emotionally Disabled (formerly BED)

    SI

    Speech Impaired

    SL

    Speech Language

    SLD

    Specific Learning Disability

    SLP
SWD

    Speech Language Pathologist (aka Speech Therapist)

    Students With Disabilities

    TBI

    Traumatic Brain Injury

    VI

    Visual Impairment

    VR

    Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab)

    WAIS

    Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale

    WIAT

    Wechsler Individual Achievement Test

    WISC-III

    Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 3rd Edition

    WJ-III

    Woodcock- Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery, 3rd Edition

    WPPSI

    Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence