Here is a helpful list that defines many commonly-used acronyms in the Special Needs community!


504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 


AAC – Alternative Augmentive Communication

ABA – Applied Behavioral Analysis

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD/ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution

APE – Adaptive Physical Education

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASL – American Sign Language

AT – Assistive Technology

AUT - Autism


BCBA – Board Certified Behavior Analyst

BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan

BSP – Behavior Support Plan


CAC – Community Advisory Committee on Special Education

CBI – Community-Based Instruction

CCSS – Common Core State Standards

CCS – California Children’s Services

CDE – California Department of Education

CP – Cerebral Palsy


D/HH – Deaf / Hard of Hearing

DCFS – Department of Children and Family Services

DD – Developmental Delay / Developmentally Disabled

DDS – Department of Developmental Services

DHCS – Department of Health Care Services

DIS – Designated Instruction and Services

DMH – Department of Mental Health

DOE – U.S. Department of Education                                           

DOR – Department of Rehabilitation

DPSS –Department of Public Social Services

DRC – Disability Rights of California

DS – Down Syndrome

DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual


ED – Emotional Disturbance

EI – Early Intervention

ERICS – Educationally Relevant Intensive Counseling Services

ESY – Extended School Year (Summer Program)


FAA – Functional Analysis Assessment

FBA – Functional Behavior Assessment

FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education

FERPA – Federal Educational Records and Privacy Act


HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

HS – Head Start


ID – Intellectual Disability

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE – Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP – Individualized Education Program

IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan

IPP – Individual Program Plan

ITP – Individualized Transition Plan


LD – Learning Disability

LEA – Local Education Agency (School Districts, County offices of Education, etc.)

LEP – Limited English Proficient

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment


MDR – Manifestation Determination Review

MH – Multiple Handicapped  


NPA – Non Public Agency

NPS – Non-Public School


OAH – Office of Administrative Hearings

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCR – Office for Civil Rights (Federal)

OHI– Other Health Impairment

OSEP/OSERS – Office of Special Education Programs (Federal)

OT – Occupational Therapy


PBS/PBIS – Positive Behavioral Support / Positive Behavior Intervention & Support

PDD/NOS – Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified

PLOP – Present Levels of Performance (Academic & Functional)

PT – Physical Therapy

PWN – Prior Written Notice


RC –Regional Center

RS – Related Services

RSP/RST – Resource Specialist Program / Resource Specialist Teacher

RTI – Response to Intervention


SDC – Special Day Class

SDP – Self Determination Program

SELPA – Special Education Local Plan Area

SLD – Specific Learning Disability

SLP- Speech Language Pathology

SI – Sensory Integration

SPD- Sensory Processing Disorder

SSI – Supplemental Security Income

SST – Student Success Team / Student Study Team

S/L – Speech and Language (Services)                                                      

SLI – Speech / Language Impairment

SLP – Speech / Language Pathologist

SLPA – Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant

SSIP – State Systemic Improvement Plan


TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

TTY  - Teletypewriter (phone for the deaf)


VI– Visual Impairment

VR – Vocational Rehabilitation


WIOA – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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