ABC's of Special Education

  • ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADL: Activities of Daily Living
  • APE: Adapted Physical Education
  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ASL: American Sign Language
  • AT: Assistive Technology
  • ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • COTA: Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • CP: Cerebral Palsy
  • DD: Developmental Delay
  • DDS: Department of Developmental Services
  • DESE: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • DMH: Department of Mental Health
  • DPH: Department of Public Health
  • ED/BD: Emotional/Behavioral Disablity
  • EI: Early Intervention
  • FAPE: Free and Appropriate Public Education
  • FBA: Functional Behavior Assessment
  • HI: Hearing Impaired
  • IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act
  • IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation
  • IEP: Individualized Educational Program - ages 3-22
  • IFSP: Individual Family Service Plan - ages 22 and up
  • LEP: Limited English Proficiency
  • LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
  • MCAS: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
  • MCAS-ALT: Alternative MCAS Assessment (Portfolios)
  • NCLB: No Child Left Behind
  • OT: Occupational Therapy
  • PAC: Parent Advisory Council
  • PT: Physical Therapy
  • SLD: Specific Learning Disability
  • SI: Sensory Integration
  • SPED: Special Education
  • Sp/L: Speech and Language
  • TDD/TTY: Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (Teletypewriter)
  • USDE: United States Department of Education
  • VI: Visually Impaired
  • 504 (Section): “Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability” portion of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • 619 (Section): Special Education — 3 - 5 Years Old (Preschool)