Special Education Abbreviations and Definitions

  • ADD:  Attention Deficit Disorder
    ADHD:  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    APE:  Adapted Physical Education
    AUT:  Autistic
    CAC:  Community Advisory Committee
    CCR:  California Code of Regulations - Title V
    CCS:  California Children's Services (provides OT and PT services)
    CP:  Cerebral Palsy
    CBI:  Community Based Instruction
    DB:  Deaf/Blindness
    DEAF:  Deafness
    DHH:  Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    DIS:  Designated Instruction and Services (same as related services; commonly includes Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT)  Speech and Language Therapy, Adapted Physical Education (APE)
    ECSE:  Early Childhood Special Education
    ELPAC: English Language Proficiency Assessments for California
    EMD:  Established Medical Disability (ages 3-5)
    ED:  Emotionally Disturbed
    EO: English Only
    EL: English Learner
    FAPE:  Free Appropriate Public Education
    GATE:  Gifted and Talented Education
    IDEA:  Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (P.L. 101-476)
    ID:  Intellectual Disability
    IEP:  Individualized Education Program
    ITP:  Individual Transition Program
    HH:  Hard of hearing
    LD:  Learning Disabled
    LEP:  Limited English Proficient
    Local Plan:  A legal document that describes in detail how the special education local agency will implement special education laws and regulations within its jurisdiction.
    LRE:  Least Restrictive Environment
    MD:  Multiple Disabilities
    OI:  Orthopedic Impairment
    OHI:  Other Health Impairment
    OT:  Occupational Therapy
    PT:  Physical Therapy
    P.L. 94-142:  Education for All Handicapped Children Act (federal law)
    RSP:  Resource Specialist Program
    SDC:  Special Day Class
    Section 504:  Section of Civil Rights Law (Rehabilitation Act of 1973) pertaining to individuals with disabilities
    SELPA:  Special Education Local Plan Area
    SLD:  Specific Learning Disability
    SLI:  Speech and Language Impairment
    SST:  Student Study Team (same as child study team and guidance team)
    TBI:  Traumatic Brain Injury
    Title 5 Regulations:  California regulations concerning special education laws
    VI:  Visual Impairment
    Visual Motor:  The ability to coordinate vision with body movements