Here are some of the most common Acronyms in Special Education

Here are some of the most common Acronyms in Special Education

Here are some of the most common Acronyms in Special Education

The special education world is filled with Acronyms. Here are some common acronyms you may come across frequently.


Common Acronyms in Special Education

504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADR – Alternative Dispute Resolution

ALJ – Administrative Law Judge

AT- Assistive Technology

CAC – Community Advisory Committee on Special Education

CASE – Community Alliance for Special Education

DIS – Designated Instruction and Services

DOE – U.S. Department of Education

DOR – Department of Rehabilitation

DREDF – Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

FAPE- Free and Appropriate Public Education

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE – Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP – Individualized Educational Program

IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan

IPP – Individual Program Plan

LEA – Local Education Agency

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

NCLB – No Child Left Behind

OAH – Office of Administrative Hearings

OCR – U.S. Office for Civil Rights

OEO – Office of Equal Opportunity

OSEP – U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

OSERS – U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs

OT/PT – Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

PAI – Protection and Advocacy, Inc.

PSRS – Procedural Safeguards and Referral Services

PTI – Parent Training and Information Center

PWN – Prior Written Notice

RSP – Resource Specialist Program

SDC – Special Day Class

SELPA – Special Education Local Plan Area

SERR – Special Education Rights and Responsibilities book

SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

SPED – Special Education


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