•              Special Education Acronyms

    - A -
    AAC Augmentative & Assistive Technology

    AAMR American Association on Mental Retardation

    ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis

    ABS Adaptive Behavior Scale

    ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

    ADA Average Daily Attendance

    ADD Attention Deficit Disorder

    ADDAM Attention Deficit Disorder Association of Missouri

    ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    AFB American Federation of the Blind

    AFO Adaptive Foot Orthotics

    AHEAD Association on Higher Education & Disability

    AIT Auditory Integration Training

    AMI Alliance for the Mentally Ill

    APE Adaptive Physical Education

    APSE Association for Persons in Supported Employment

    ARC Association for Retarded Citizens

    ARCH Assistance with Respite Care in the Home

    ASA Autism Society of America

    ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder

    ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    ASL American Sign Language

    AT Assistive Technology

    AU Autism

    - B -
    BD Behavior Disorder

    BL Blind

    BOE Board of Education

    - C -
    CA Chronological Age

    CAP Client Assistance Program

    CASA Court-Appointed Special Advocate

    CASE Council for Administrators of Special Education

    CD Children's Division

    CEC Council for Exceptional Children

    CETA Comprehensive Employment and Training Act

    CF Cystic Fibrosis

    CHADD Children with Attention Deficit Disorder

    CID Central Institute for the Deaf

    CIL Center for Independent Living

    CISE Center for Innovations in Special Education

    CMHC Community Mental Health Center

    CO Central Office

    COACH Cayuga-Onondaga Assessment of Children with Handicaps

    CP Cerebral Palsy

    CWC Class Within A Class

    - D -
    DB Deaf/Blind

    DD Developmental Disabilities

    DDTC Developmental Disabilities Treatment Center

    DESE Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

    DF Deaf

    DFS Division of Family Services

    DMH Department of Mental Health

    DP Diagnostic Placement

    DSA Down Syndrome Association

    DSM-III-R Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (3rd ed. revised)

    DVR Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    - E -
    ECSE Early Childhood Special Education

    ED Emotionally Disturbed

    EHA Education of All Handicapped Children Act (now called IDEA)

    EPSDT Medicaid Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    ESYP Extended School Year Programs

    ExCEL Exploration of Careers through Experience and Language Program

    - F -
    FAS/FAE Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects

    FAPE Free and Appropriate Public Education

    FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Student School Records Act)

    - G -
    GE Grade Equivalent

    GED General Educational Development Diploma

    - H -
    HB House Bill

    HCY Healthy Children and Youth Program

    HI Hearing Impaired

    HMO Health Maintenance Organization

    HOH Hard of Hearing

    HOYO Home of Your Own

    HT Home Teaching

    - I -
    I & R Information & Referral

    ID Intellectual Disability

    IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEP Individualized Education Program

    IFSP Individualized Family Services Plan

    INFORM Information Network for Missouri’s Children with Special Needs

    IQ Intelligence Quotient

    ILC Independent Living Center

    IRC Instructional Resource Center

    ISP Individualized Service Plan

    ITP Individualized Treatment Plan

    - J -
    JTPA Job Training Partnership Act

    - K -
    K-12 Kindergarten through Grade Twelve

    - L -
    LD Learning Disability

    LDA Learning Disabilities Association

    LEA Local Education Agency

    LRE Least Restrictive Environment

    - M -
    MA Mental Age

    MCHR Missouri Commission on Human Rights

    MD Muscular Dystrophy

    MHA Mental Health Association

    MHIA Missouri Head Injury Association

    MI Mentally Ill

    MPACT Missouri Parents Alliance for Cooperative Training

    MPC Missouri Planning Council

    MSIP Missouri School Improvement Program

    MSW Masters of Social Work Degree

    MU Multiply Disabled

    - N -
    NAMI National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

    NASBE National Association State Boards of Education

    NASDE National Association of State Directors of Special Education

    NBD Neurobiological Disorders

    NCLD National Center for Learning Disabilities

    NFP Not for Profit

    NH Non-handicapped

    NICHCY National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

    NIH National Institutes of Health

    NIMH National Institute of Mental Health

    NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders

    NOS Not Otherwise Specified

    - O -
    OA Office of Administration

    O & M Orientation and Mobility

    OBE Outcome Based Education

    OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    OCR Office of Civil Rights

    ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder

    OH Orthopedically Handicapped

    OHI Other Health Impaired

    OSEP Office of Special Education Programs

    OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

    OT Occupational Therapy

    - P -
    PAC Parent Advisory Council

    P & A Protection & Advocacy

    PAS Personal Assistance Service

    PASS Plan for Achieving Self-Support

    PCA Personal Care Assistant

    PDC Professional Development Committee

    PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder

    PDDNOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

    PDR Physician’s Desk Reference

    PI Physically Impaired

    PKU Phenylketonuria

    PL Public Law

    PLB Productive Living Board

    POS Purchase of Service

    PS Partially Sighted

    PT Physical Therapy

    PTI Parent Training and Information Center

    - R -
    RC Regional Center

    RSMo Revised Statutes of Missouri

    - S -
    SB Senate Bill

    SD Standard Deviation

    SDD Severe Developmental Disabilities

    SEA State Educational Agency

    SED Severely (or Seriously) Emotionally Disturbed

    SH Severely Handicapped

    SIB Self-Injurious Behavior

    SLD Specific Learning Disability

    SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

    SP Speech Impaired

    SPED Special Education

    SSA Social Security Administration

    SSD Special School District of St. Louis County

    SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance

    SSI Supplementary Security Income

    - T -
    TA Technical Assistance

    TAC Technology Access Center

    TAPP Technical Assistance to Parent Program

    TASH The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps

    TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

    TDD Telecommunication Device for the Deaf

    TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children

    TT Text Telephone

    TTD/TTY Teletypewriting Device, Teletypewriter

    - U -
    UAF/UAP University Affiliated Facility/Program

    UCPA United Cerebral Palsy Association

    - V -
    VI Visual Impairment

    VR Vocational Rehabilitation

    VSA Very Special Arts

    - W -
    WAC Work Activities Center

    - Y -
    YES Youth Employment Services

Last Modified on December 18, 2014