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Glossary of Special Education Abbreviations


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