As you take part in her child’s special education process, you might feel the everyone has actually started speaking in a international language during meetings. While it may seem favor a international language, it is a language of initials (acronyms). Abbreviation are used often and it is assumed the everyone is familiar with the meaning.

We put together a rapid reference Special education and learning list (grab her copy below, and include to your IEP Notebook). in the hopes that it may bring an ext understanding and clarity. The finish list of distinct education and also disability abbreviations and acronyms is below.


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Special education & handicap Acronyms / Abbreviations

Quick reference Guide


Knowledge is power

A – Acronyms

AAC = different Augmentative Communication

ABA = used Behavioral Analysis

ADA = Americans with Disabilities Act

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

ADLs = activities of everyday Living

APE = Adaptive physics Education

ASD | Autism Spectrum Disorders

ASL | American sign Language

AT | Assistive Technology

AYP | enough Yearly development

B – Acronyms

BD | behavior Disorder

BIP | behavior Intervention Plan

BOE | plank of Education

C – Acronyms

CBA | Curriculum Based Assessment

CCSS | common Core State Standards

CDA | Child development Associate

CD | Cognitive Delay

CF | Cystic Fibrosis

COTA | Certified occupational Therapist Assistant

CP | Cerebral Palsy

CST | child Study Team

D- Acronyms

DB | Deaf-Blind

DD | Developmental Delay

DOE | room of Education

DoH | room of Health

DPH | Due process Hearing Officer

DS | down Syndrome

DSM | Diagnostic and Statistical hands-on of mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association