AAC Alternative Augmentative Communication

ABA Applied Behavior Analysis

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADLs – Activities of Daily Living

AER – Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

ALLIANCE – The Alliance- Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers

AMI – Alliance for the Mentally Ill

APE – Adaptive Physical Education

ARD – Admissions, Review, and Dismissal Committee

ASL – American Sign Language

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder

AT – Assistive Technology

ATC – Assistive Technology Center

AYP – Adequate Yearly Progress

BD – Behavior Disorder

BEST – Behavioral and Educational Strategies for Teachers

BI – Brain Injury

BIA – Brain Injury Association OR Bureau of Indian Affairs

BIL – Bilingual

BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan

BMP – Behavior Management Plan

CA – Chronological Age

CADRE – Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

CAP – Client Assistance Program (DLC) OR Corrective Action Plan

CAPD – Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CD – Communication Disorder

CEC – Council for Exceptional Children

CF – Cystic Fibrosis

CIL – Centers for Independent Living

COE – Center for Expertise

CP – Cerebral Palsy

CPD – Center for Persons with Disabilties, Utah State University

CSHCN – Children with Special Health Care Needs, Utah Department of Health

CSPD – Comprehensive System of Personnel Department

CST – Child Study Team

D – Deaf

DB – Deafblind

DCFS – Division of Child and Family Services

DD – Developmental Delay

DD Act – Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act

DDS – Division of Disability Determination Services

DH – Department of Health

DHS – Department of Human Services

DI – Direct Instruction

DLC – Disability Law Center

DMH – Division of Mental Health, Utah Department of Human Services

DoDDS – U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools

DRS – Division of Rehabilitation Services

DS – Down Syndrome

DSBVI – Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

DSDHH – Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association

DSPD – Division of Services for People with Disabilities

DWS – Department of Workforce Services

EBD – Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

EC – Early Childhood OR Exceptional Child[ren]

ECE – Early Childhood Education

ED – Emotional Disturbance

EDGAR – Education Department General Administrative Regulations

EHA – Education of the Handicapped Act (now IDEA)

EI – Early Intervention

EMH – Educable Mentally Handicapped

EMR – Educable Mentally Retarded

EPSDT – Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment

ESA – Education Service Agency

ESD – Extended School Day

ESEA – Elementary and Secondary Education Act

ESL – English as a Second Language

ESY – Extended School Year

ETP – Effective Teaching Practices

EYS – Extended Year Services

F2FHIC – Family to Family Health Information Center, Family Voices/Utah Parent Center Project

FACT – Families, Agencies and Communities Together

FAPE – Free, Appropriate, Public Education

FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FBA – Functional Behavioral Assessment/Analysis

FEOG – Full Educational Opportunity Goal

FERPA – Family Education Rights Privacy Act

FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act

FOIA – Freedom of Information Act

FtoFN – Family to Family Network, A Program of DHS/DSPD, of which the UPC has a grant

FV – Family Voices, Family Voices of Utah, a project of the Utah Parent Center

GAPS – Guardianship, Advocacy, and Protective Services

GCPD – Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

GCSSP – Governor’s Coordination and Special Services Plan

GE – General Education

GT – Gifted and Talented

HI – Hearing Impairment

HO – Hearing Officer

HOH – Hard of Hearing

HS – Head Start OR High School

IA – Instruction Assistant

IAES – Interim Alternative Education Setting

IASA – Improving America’s Schools Act

ICC – Interagency Coordinating Council

ID – Intellectual Disability

IDEA ’97 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Reauthorized in 1997

IEE – Individualized Educational Evaluation

IDEIA 2004 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act; Reauthorized in 2004

IEP – Individualized Education Program

IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan

IHE – Institution of Higher Education

IL – Independent Living

IPE – Individualized Plan for Employment

ITAG – Individual Technical Assistance Agreement

ITP – Individualized Transition Plan

LA – Local Affiliate (ADA)

LCPD – Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities

LD – Learning Disability (sometimes called SLD see below)

LDA – Learning Disabilities Association

LEA – Local Education Agency

LEP – Limited English Proficiency

LRBI – Least Restrictive Behavior Intervention

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

MA – Mental Age

MCH – Maternal and Child Health, Utah Department of Health

MD – Manifestation Determination OR Multiple Disabilities OR Muscular Dystrophy

MR – Mental Retardation

MH – Mental Health

MM – Mild Moderate

MMR – Moderately Mentally Retarded

MOA – Interagency Memorandum of Agreement

MPRRC – Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center

NAST – Negotiation and Advocacy Skills Training, Offered by the Utah Parent Center

NCLB – No Child Left Behind Act

NDT – Neurodevelopmental Treatment

NEA – National Education Association

NPRM – Notice of Proposed Rule Making

OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCR – Office of Civil Rights

ODD – Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OHI – Other Health Impairment

OI – Orthopedic Impairment

O & M – Orientation and Mobility

OSEP – Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

OSERS – Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OT – Occupational Therapy/Therapist

PALS – Peer-Assisted Learning System

PASS – Plan for Achieving Self-Support

PBS – Positive Behavioral Supports

PCA – Personal Care Attendant

PD – Physical Disability

PDD – Pervasive Developmental Disorder

Perkins Act – Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act

PIQ – Performance I.Q.

PL – Public Law

PLEP – Present Level of Educational Performance

PP – Paraprofessional

PS – Preschool

PT – Physical Therapy/Therapist

PTI – Parent Training and Information

PWI – Projects with Industry

RAD – Reactive Attachment Disorder

RO<–>RB – Reach Out <–> Reach Back, Minority Outreach Project at the Utah Parent Center

RS – Related Services

RSA – Rehabilitation Services Administrator

RTI – Response to Intervention

§ -This symbol means “Section” as in “§ 300.7 Child with a disability” in the IDEA regulations

SAS – Supplementary Aids and Services

SB – Spina Bifida

SC – Service Coordinator

SE – Special Education

SEA – State Education Agency

SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee

Section 504 – A part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 making it illegal for any organization receiving federal funds to discriminate against a person solely on the basis of disability

SED – Serious Emotional Disturbance

SI – Sensory Integration OR Speech Impairment

SJBT – Supported Job Based Training

SIG – State Improvement Grant

SIP – State Improvement Plan

SLD – Specific Learning Disability

S/LI – Speech/Language Impairment

S/LP – Speech/Language Pathologist

S/PD or S/PH – Severe/Profound Disability or Handicap

SPOA – Specific Power of Attorney

SPED – Special Education

SSA – Social Security Administration

SSDI – Social Security Disability Income

SSI – Supplemental Security Income

SSP – Supplemental Service Providers

SST – Student Study Team

STO – Short-Term Objectives

TA – Technical Assistance

TATRA – Technical Assistance about Transition and the Rehabilitation Act, through PACER

TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury

TDD – Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf

TE – Transitional Employment

TS – Tourette Syndrome

TTA – Training and Technical Assistance

TTY – Teletypewriter (phone system for the deaf)

TWWIIA – Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act

UAA – Utah Alternate Assessment

UAIRS – Utah Alliance of Information and Referral Services

UATP – Utah Assistive Technology Program, Utah State University

UBSCT – Utah Basic Skills Competency Test

UCAT – Utah Center for Assistive Technology

UCCD – Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

UDDC – Utah Developmental Disabilities Council, Formerly the Governor’s Council (GCPD)

UFV – Utah Family Voices, a project of the Utah Parent Center

UIP – Utah Interpreter Program


UPASS – Utah Performance Assessment System for Students

UPC – Utah Parent Center

UPIPS – Utah Program Improvement Planning System for Special Education

USB – Utah School for the Blind

USD – Utah School for the Deaf

USDB – Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

USIG – Utah’s State Improvement Grant

USILC – Utah Statewide Independent Living Council

USOE – Utah State Office of Education

USOR – Utah State Office of Rehabilitation

USOSE – Utah State Office of Special Education

USEAP – Utah State Office of Education Special Education Advisory Panel

VI – Visual Impairment

Voc Ed – Vocational Education

VR – Vocational Rehabilitation

This list was compiled from lists created by the Utah Parent Center in 2001, Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE), Acronyms and Special Education Handout, April 2001, and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Two of these very comprehensive lists can be accessed online at Acronyms from ericec.org and FAPE information from fape.org.

Compiled by the Utah Parent Center

Updated – November 2006