Special Education Terminology

  • ADA            Americans with Disabilities Act

    ADHD         Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

    ASHA          American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    ASD             Autism Spectrum Disorder

    ASL             American Sign Language

    AT                Assistive Technology

    BI                 Behavior Intervention

    BIP              Behavior Intervention Plan

    CI                 Cognitive Impairment

    COTA          Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

    CP                Cerebral Palsy

    DB               Deaf-Blindness

    DD               Developmental Disabilities

    DHH            Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    DOE             Department of Education

    DSM-V        Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V

    ECSE           Early Childhood Special Education

    ED                Emotionally Disturbed

    EI                 Early Intervention

    ELL             English Language Learner

    ELP              English Language Proficiency

    ENT             Ear, Nose and Throat

    ESY             Extended School Year

    FAPE           Free Appropriate Public Education

    FBA             Functional Behavior Assessment

    FERPA        Family Educational Rights Privacy Act

    HIPAA        Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act

    IATP            Idaho Assistive Technology Program

    IDEA           Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 Amendments

    IDLA           Idaho Digital Learning Academy

    IDVR           Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    IEE              Independent Education Evaluation

    IEP               Individual Education Program

    IESDB         Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind

    IFSP             Individual Family Service Plan

    IHCP           Individual Health Care Plan

    IPUL            Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc

    IRI               Idaho Reading Indicator

    ISAT-ALT  Idaho Standards Achievement Test-Alternative

    ISHA           Idaho Speech/Language Hearing Association

    ISPA            Idaho School Psychologist Association

    ITP               Infant Toddler Program

    LEA             Local Education Agency

    LEP              Limited English Proficiency

    LI                 Language Impaired

    LRE             Least Restrictive Environment

    MD              Multiple Disabilities

    MDT            Multidisciplinary Team

    OCR            Office for Civil Rights

    ODD            Oppositional Defiant Disorder

    OHI             Other Health Impairment

    OI                Orthopedic Impairment

    O&M           Orientation and Mobility

    OT               Occupational Therapy

    Part B          Services for School age Children with Disabilities

    Part C          Services for Children Birth Through Two Years

    PBS              Positive Behavioral Support

    PDD             Pervasive Development Disorders

    PLOP           Present Level of Performance

    PT                Physical Therapist

    RTI              Responsiveness to Intervention

    SDE             State Department of Education (Idaho)

    SLD             Specific Learning Disability

    SLP              Speech Language Pathologist

    SPED           Special Education

    TBI              Traumatic Brain Injury

    TDD/TTY   Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (Teletypewriter)

    VI                 Visually Impaired

    VR               Vocational Rehabilitation

    504 (Section)   “Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability” portion of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973