Here is a small part of this seeming endless list.  I tried to post the whole thing yesterday, but it was too big.  I'll settle for part of it today, with the link on the bottom for the rest.  If you're anything like me, you can't keep straight all the acronyms used.  And the the 'powers that be' look at you strangle, because you dare to ask what they mean.  This will help.

What Do All These Acronyms Mean?



This list is not comprehensive; it is intended as a quick reference.


AAC augmentative and alternative communication
AAD adaptive assistive devices
AAT advanced academic training
AAVE African American Vernacular English (Black English or Ebonics)
AB Assembly Bill, Adaptive Behavior
ABA applied behavior analysis
ABD antisocial behavior disorders
ABE adult basic education
ABVIII Area Board 8
AC alternative certification
ACROS automated cross referencing occupational system
ACSA Association of California School Administrators
ACSE Advisory Commission on Special Education
ACT American College Testing
AD attachment disorder
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act; average daily attendance
ADC aid to dependent children
ADD attention
ADHD attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder
ADL activities of daily living
ADA average daily attendance
ADR alternative dispute resolution
ADVOC-NET adult vocational network
ADE Average Daily Enrollment
AE age equivalent
AEA acquired eleptiform aphasia (Landau-Kleffner syndrome)
AEP alternative education placement
AFDC aid to families with dependent children
AFS adult and family services
AG annual goal
AHSD adult high school diploma
AI auditorily impaired
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AIR American Institutes for Research
AIT Agency for Instructional Technology
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
ALO alternative learning options
ALS advance life support
AMD alternative mobility device
AP advanced placement
APD antisocial personality disorder; auditory processing disorder
APE adapted physical education
APPE average per pupil expenditure
ARD admission, review, and dismissal [committee]
ARP advisory review panel


ASC advanced study center
ASD autism spectrum disorder
ASDO alternative service delivery options
ASL American Sign Language
AT assistive technology
ATC area technical center; alternative teacher certification
ATCP alternative teacher certification program
AU Autistic
AUT Autism
AVTI area vocational technical institute
AYP annual yearly progress
BAC behavior adjustment class
BASIS Basic Adult Skills Inventory System
BCSD Bakersfield City School District
BD behaviorally disordered; behavior disorders
BEST basic education study team
BETAC bilingual education technical assistance centers
BI brain injury
BIA Brain Injury Association; Bureau of Indian Affairs
BICM Behavior Intervention Case Manager
BIL Bilingual
BIP behavior intervention plan
BLS basic life support
BOCES Board of Comprehensive Education Services (New York State)
BSP behavioral support plan
CA chronological age
CAC Community Advisory Committee, California Administrative Code
CAHSEE California High School Exit Exam
CAI computer-assisted instruction
CALSTAT California Services for Technical Assistance and Training
CAM certificate of advanced mastery
CAP central auditory processing
CAPA California Alternate Performance Based Assessment
CAPD central auditory processing disorders; see also APD (auditory processing disorder)
CAT committee on accessible transportation
CBA curriculum based assessment
CBE children with behavioral and emotional difficulty
CBI community-based instruction
CBM curriculum based measurement
CC cross categorical
CCF Community Care Facility
CCR Coordinated Compliance Review
CCS California Children Services
CD communication development; conduct disorder
CDA child development and rehabilitation center
CDE California Department of Education


CDS child development specialist
CDRC child development and rehabilitation center
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CFLA community and family living amendments
CFR code of federal regulations
  CH communicatively/communication handicapped
  CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
  CHAP child health assurance program
  CHD center on human development
  CHI closed head injury
  CIL center for independent living
  CIM certificate of initial mastery
  CLAS culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  CLD culturally and linguistically diverse
  CMA Cal Modified Assessment
  CMHP community mental health program
  CNS central nervous system
  COE county office of education
  COGAT cognitive abilities test
  CPS child protection services
  COLA cost of living adjustment
  COTA certified occupational therapist assistant
  CP cerebral palsy
  CPPC cooperative personnel planning council
  CPSE committee on preschool special education
  CSA childhood sexual abuse
  CSE case study evaluation; committee on special education
  CSEF Center for Special Education Finance
  CSPD comprehensive system of personnel development
  CSS community support service
  CST California Standards Test
  CTT community transition team
  CWPT class wide peer tutoring


  D deaf
  D&E diagnosis and evaluation
  DAP developmentally appropriate practices
  DARTS day and residential treatment services
  DAS developmental apraxia of speech
  DB; DBL deaf-blind
  DC development center
  DCD developmental coordination disorder
  DD developmental disabilities; developmentally delayed
  DDC developmental disabilities council
  DDD division of developmental disabilities
  DDS Department of Developmental Services
  DHH deaf and  hard of hearing
  DHHAP deaf and hard of hearing access program
  DHR Department of Human Resources
  DHS Department of Health Services


DI direct instruction
DIS designated instruction and services
DNR do not resuscitate
DNQ does not qualify
DoDDS US Dept. of Defense Dependent Schools
DOE Department of Education
DOF Department of Finance
DON determination of need
DOR District of Residence
DOS District of Service
DRC Disability rights of California
DRDP Desired results development profile
DREDF Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
DRG diagnostically related groups
DS direction service
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (for Mental Disorders)


EBD emotional and behavioral disorders
EC early childhood; exceptional child[ren]
ECE early childhood education
ECI early childhood intervention
ECSE early childhood special education
ECT early childhood team
ED emotionally disturbed; emotional disorders; US Department of Education
EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations
EE English emersion
EEs essential elements
EEN exceptional education needs
EFA experimental functional analysis
EHA Education for All Handicapped Children Ace (since 1990, known as

the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA])

EI early intervention
ELA English Language Arts
ELL English language learner
ELD English language development
EMDR eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
EMT emergency medical treatment
EPSDT early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment program
EQ exceptional quality
ERAF Education Revenue Augmentation Fund
ERC education resource center
ERIC Education Resources Information Center
ES Early Start
ESA education service agency
ESC education service center
ESD education service district
ESE exceptional student education
ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESL English as a second language


ESOL English for speakers of other languages
ETP effective teaching practices
ESY extended school year
EYS extended year services


FAA functional analysis assessment
FAIP functional assessment and intervention program
FAPE free appropriate public education
FAS/FAE fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effect
FAST functional academic skills test
FBA functional behavior assessment
FC facilitated communication; foster care
FDAB Fair Dismissal Appeals Board
FEC Family Empowerment Center
FEP fully English proficient
FES fluent English speaker
FERPA Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (aka the Buckley Amendment)
FFA Foster Family Agency
FFH Family Foster Home
FIEP facilitated individualized education program
FIPSA fund for the improvement of postsecondary education
FMLA Family Medical Leave Act
FR federal register
FRC Family Resource Center
FSA Family Support Act
FSHA first source hiring agreement
FSIQ full scale intelligent quotient
FSD flexible service delivery model
FTE full-time equivalent
FY fiscal year


GAPS guardianship, advocacy, and protective services
GATES gifted and talented evaluation scales
GE grade equivalent
GSE generic special education
GATE gifted and talented


HBV Hepatitis B Virus
H.E.A.R.T.S. Help Encourage Advocate Resources Training Support
HFA high-functioning autism
HH Hard of Hearing
HI health impaired; hearing impaired
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HIV human immune deficiency virus
HOH hard of hearing
HOTS higher-order thinking skills
HOUSSE high, objective, uniform state standards of evaluation
HQ highly qualified


HS head start; high school
HSC high school completion


IA instructional assistant
IASA Improving America’s Schools Act
IAES interim alternative educational setting
ICC interagency coordinating council
ICD international code of diseases
ICDP individual career development plans
ICF intermediate care facility
ICFMR intermediate care facility for mental retardation
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEIA Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
IDELR Individuals with Disabilities Education Law Report (from LRP Pubs.)
IDP Infant Development Program
IDT inter-district transfer / intra-district transfer
IED intermittent explosive disorder
IEE independent education evaluation
IEP individualized education program
IEPC individualized educational planning committee
IEPT Individualized Education Program Team
IEU intermediate educational unit
IFA individualized functional assessment
IFSP individualized family service plan
IHE institution of higher education
IHCP individualized health care plan
IHTP individualized habilitation and treatment plan
ILC independent living center
ILP independent living plan
ILT instructional leadership training
IMC instructional materials center
IML instructional materials laboratory
IPE individualized plan for employment
IPL initial program load
IPP individualized program plan (for Regional Center clients)
IQ intelligence quotient
ISA Individual Service Agreement (for NPS/NPA)
ISP individualized service plan
ITH intensive training home
ITIP instructional theory into practice
ITP Individualized Treatment Plan; Individualized Transition Plan
IWEN individual with exceptional needs

individual written rehabilitation plan


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