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Common Acronyms

Below is a list of common disability-related acronyms.

Acronym Definition
AAC Alternative Augmentative Communication
ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADLs Activities of Daily Living
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorders
AT Assistive Technology
BD Behavioral Disorder
BOE Board of Education
CD Cognitive Delay
CF Cystic Fibrosis
COTA Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
CP Cerebral Palsy
DB Deafblind
D/HH Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DD/ID Developmental Disability/Intellectual Disability
DOE Department of Education
DoH Department of Health
DS Down Syndrome
EBD Emotional Disturbance
ED U.S. Department of Education
EHDI Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program
EI Early Intervention
ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GE General Education
GT Gifted and Talented
HL Hearing Loss
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEE Individualized Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ITP Individualized Transition Plan
LD Learning Disability
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MD Muscular Dystrophy
MD or MH Multiple Disabilities or Multiple Handicapped
NCLB No Child Left Behind Act (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
O&M Orientation and Mobility Services
OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
OT Occupational Therapist
PBS Positive Behavioral Supports
PD Physical Disability
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PT Physical Therapist
PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PwDs People with Disabilities
RTI Response to Intervention
SB Spina Bifida
SE Special Education
Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 508 Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
SED Serious Emotional Disturbance
SI Sensory Integration
SLI Speech/Language Impairment
SLP Speech/Language Pathologist
SLPA Speech/Language Pathologist Assistant
SSDI Social Security Disability Income
SSI Supplemental Security Income
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
TS Tourette Syndrome
TTY Teletypewriter (Telephone System for Individuals With Hearing Impairments)
TWWIIA Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act
VI Visual Impairment
Voc Ed Vocational Education
VR Vocational Rehabilitation

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