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Special Education Acronyms

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ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA: Average Daily Attendance

ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AGENCY: Texas Education Agency

ALE: Alternate Learning Environment ( Formerly Life Strides )

APE: Adaptive Physical Education

ARD: Admission, Review, and Dismissal

AT: Assistive/Adaptive Technology

BIP: Behavior Intervention Program

CA: Chronological Age

CBI: Community-Based Instruction

CFR: Code of Federal Regulations

CBWT: Community-Based Work Training

CIA: Comprehensive Individual Assessment

CIC: Clean Intermittent Catheterization

CMC: Content Master Center

CP: Cerebral Palsy

CPI: Crisis Prevention Intervention

CRCG: Community Resource Coordination Group

CVAE: Cooperative Vocational Academic Education

DPH: Due Process Hearing

DSM IV: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders American Psychiatric Association

ECI: Early Childhood Intervention

ESC: Education Service Center

ESL: English as a Second Language

ESY: Extended School Year

FAPE: Free and Appropriate Public Education

FVE: Functional Vision Evaluation

HCFA: Health Care Financing Administration

HCPA: Handicapped Children's Protection Act

HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HLS: Home Language Survey

IA: Instructional Assistant

ICC: Interagency coordinating Council

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP: Individualized Education Program

IFC-MR: Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded

IFSP: Individual(ized) Family Services Plan

IQ: Intelligence Quotient

ITP: Individual Transition Plan

IU: Intermediate Unit

LEA: Local Education Agency

LEP: Limited English Proficient

LMA: Learning Media Assessment

LPAC: Language Proficiency Assessment Committee

LIFE: Learning in a Functional Environment (Curriculum)

LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

LS: Life Strides ( Now ALE )

MHA: Mental Health Authority

ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OJT: On-the-Job Training

OSEP: Office of Special Education Program

PEIMS: Public Education Information System

PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PPCD: Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities

RDSPD: Regional Day School Program for the Deaf

SAD: State Administrative Decision

SBOE: State Board of Education

SEA: State Educational Agency/Authority

SEMS: State Education Management System

SERS: Special Education Resource System

SLE: Structured Learning Environment ( Formely TLC )

SSA: Social Security Administration

SSI: Supplemental Security Income

TAAS: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills

TAC: Texas Administrative Code

TCB: Texas Commission for the Blind

TDD: Telecommunication Device for the Deaf

TDHS: Texas Department of Human Services

TDMHMR: Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

TEA: Texas Education Agency

TEACCH: Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication handicapped Children

TEC: Texas Education Code

TLC: Total Learning Classroom ( now SLE )

TRC: Texas Rehabilitation Commission

TWC: Texas Workforce Commission

TYC: Texas Youth Commission

VAC: Vocational Adjustment Coordinator

VEH: Vocational Education for the Handicapped

WIAT: Weschler Individual Achievement Test

WISC-R: Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children - Revised

WRAT: Wide Range Achievement Test

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 discrimination on the basis of disability (not an educational program).



AI: Auditorially Impaired

AU: Autism

DB: Deaf-Blind

ED: Emotionally Disturbed

LD: Learning Disability

MD: Multiple Disabilities

MR: Mentally Retarded

NC: Non-Categorical (PPCD)

OHI: Other Health Impaired

OI: Orthopedically Impaired

SI: Speech Impaired

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

VI: Visually Impaired




AT: Art Therapy

ATD: Assistive Technology Device

MT: Music Therapy

OT: Occupational Therapy

O & M: Orientation and Mobility

PT: Physical Therapy

TR: Transportation