Special Education Acronyms

The Special Education field is filled with lots of acronyms.  

Here’s a list to help you out.



ABA-Applied Behavioral Analysis

ADA-Americans with Disabilities Act

AE-Age Equivalent

ALJ-Administrative Law Judge

APA-Alternate Proficient Assessment

APE-Adapted Physical Education

AT-Assistive Technology

BIP-Behavioral Intervention Plan

CI-Communication Impaired

CM-Case Manager

DD-Developmentally Disabled

DLM-Dynamic Learning Maps

ED-Emotionally Disturbed

ESY-Extended School Year

FAPE-Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA-Functional Behavioral Assessment

GE-Grade Equivalent

ID-Intellectually Disabled (usually paired with Mild, Moderate, or Severe)

IEP-Individualized Education Program

IQ-Intelligence Quotient

LEA-Local Educational Agency (local school district)

LRE-Least Restrictive Environment

MD-Multiply Disabled

NJAC-New Jersey Administrative Code

NOS-Not Otherwise Specified

OAL-Office of Administrative Law

OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ODD-Oppositional Defiance Disorder

OHI-Other Health Impaired

OT-Occupational Therapy

PDD-Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PLAAFP-Present Levels of Academic and Functional Performance

PRISE-Parental Rights in Special Education

PT-Physical Therapy

SEPAC-Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

SLD-Specific Learning Disability

TBI-Traumatic Brain Injury

VI-Visual Impairment

WIAT-Wechsler Individual Achievement Test

WISC-Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

WJ-Woodcock Johnson