Special Education » Acronyms


Here are some common acronyms and abbreviations that may be used in conversations or paperwork.
504 = Civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals
ADHD =  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AM = Autism

APE = Adapted Physical Education

BD = Behavior Disorder
BIP = Behavior Intervention Plan
CA = Chronological Age

CP = Cerebral Palsy

CBM = Curriculum Based Measurement; Measures the rate at which a child can correctly complete basic skills.
COTA  = Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
DB = Deaf/Blind
DD = Developmental Disability
ECSE = Early Childhood Special Education

ED = Emotional Disturbance


ELO = Extended Learning Opportunities (Gifted)


ESY = Extended School Year

FAPE = Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA = Functional Behavior Assessment
GEI = General Education Intervention
GI = Gifted Intellectually

HI = Hearing Impaired

ID = Intellectual Disability

IDEA = Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, EHA Amendments, 1990

IEP = Individualized Education Program

IFSP = Individualized Family Service Program

IQ = Intelligence Quotient

IR = Interrelated

KAR = Kansas Administration Regulations

KSDE = Kansas State Department of Education

LD = Learning Disability

LEA = Local Education Agency

LRE = Least Restrictive Environment

NC = Non-Categorical

OCR = Office for Civil Rights


ODD = Oppositional Defiant Disorder


OHI = Other Health Impaired


OI = Orthopedic Impairment


OT = Occupational Therapist/Therapy

PAWS = Personal Awareness With Supports


PBS = Positive Behavior Support


PI = Physically Impaired

PL = Public Law
PLAAFP = Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

PT = Physical Therapy/Therapist

SL = Speech/Language

SLD = Specific Learning Disability

SM = Severely Multiple Handicapped

SPED = Special Education
SLP = Speech Language Pathologist

SRS = Social Rehabilitation Services

SSI = Supplemental Security Income

TBI = Traumatic Brain Injury

VI = Visually Impaired

VR = Vocational Rehabilitation