Terms Related to 504/IEP


ABA Applied Behavior Analysis

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act

ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADD; AD/HD; ADHD; ADD/In Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; ADD Inattentive

AHEAD Association on Higher Education and Disabilities

AP Advanced Placement

AP; APD Auditory Processing Disorder

ARD Admission, Review, and Dismissal (Committee)

AS Asperger's Syndrome

ASL American Sign Language

AT Assistive Technology


BMP Behavior Intervention Plan; Behavior Management Plan

BOE Board of Education

CAP; CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CAST Center for Applied Special Technology

CBA Curriculum-Based Assessment

CCLD Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities

CEC Council for Exceptional Children

CFR Code of Federal Regulations

CHADD Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

COPAA The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education

CSE Committee on Special Education

CST Child Study Team

DCD Developmental Coordination Disorder

DD Developmentally Disabled; Developmentally Delayed

DOH Department of Health




DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - fourth edition;


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - fourth edition, text revision

DSS Disability Support Services

EBD Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

ECDC Early Childhood Development Center

ED Emotionally Disturbed

EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations

EH Emotionally Handicapped

ELL English Language Learner

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

ESL English as Second Language

ESY Extended School Year Services

ETS Educational Testing Service

FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

fMRI Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

FSP Family Support Plan

GATE Gifted and Talented Education

GE General Education

GED General Education Diploma

GPA Grade Point Average

GT/LD Gifted and Talented with Learning Disabilties

HI Hearing Impaired

HOH Hard of Hearing

HS High School

IDA International Dyslexia Association

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP Individualized Education Program

IEPT Individualized Education Program Team

ITP Individual Transition Plan

IQ Intelligence Quotient

K-12 Kindergarten through 12th Grade

LEA Local Education Agency

LBLP;LiPS; LMB;LM-B Lindamood-Bell Language Program

LD Learning Disability

LDA Learning Disability Association

LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MBD Minimal Brain Dysfunction

MDT Multidisciplinary Team

MH Multiply Handicapped

MR Mental Retardation

MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MS Middle School

NCLB No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

NCLD National Center for Learning Disabilities

NICHCY National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities formerly National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

NICHD National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

NIH National Institutes of Health

NILD National Institute for Learning Disabilities

NIMH National Institutes of Mental Health

NLD;NVLD Nonverbal Learning Disability

OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

OCR Office for Civil Rights

ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OG; O-G Orton Gillingham [reading method]

OHI Other Health Impaired

OMRDD Office of Mentally Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

OSEP Office of Special Education Programs

OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OT Occupational Therapist; Occupational Therapy

P & A Protection and Advocacy

PAC Parent Advisory Committee

PACER Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

PDA Personal Data Assistant

PDD; PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

PSAT Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

PT Physical Therapist; Physical Therapy

PTA Parent-Teacher Association

PTI Parent Training and Information (Center)

PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

RFBD Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic

RSP Resource Specialist Program

SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test

SD School District

SED State Education Department; Severely Emotionally Disturbed

SI Sensory Integration

SLD Specific Learning Disability

SLP Speech and Language Program

SMT Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching

SP/Lang, SP/LG Speech and Language

SPED Special Education

SSI Supplemental Security Income (related to Social Security)

SST Student Study Team

TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

URL Uniform Resource Locator [website address]

V/V Verbalization/Visualization

WIAT Wechsler Individual Achievement Test

WISC; WISCIII; WISCIV Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

WJ; WJ-III, WJIII; WJ-4; WJ4 Woodcock-Johnson Psychoeducational Battery

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