Special Education Acronyms

Special Education: Its All Greek To Me

I remember my first IEP meeting (what meeting?).

I was lost. They were speaking my language, but I did not understand. There are so many acronyms in special education, it is easy to feel completely lost. Let me help you with a list of the most common acronyms (I did not include the acronyms for all of the educational assessments – we will need a whole other blog for that). I highlighted the ones you should remember, because you will hear them a lot. Bring the list to your meeting, and do not be afraid to ask them to stop and explain if it is not on the list.


ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD/ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disporder
AT – Assistive Technology
BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan
DIS – Designated Instruction and Services
ED – Emotional Disturbance
ERMHS – Educationally Related Mental Health Services
FAPE – Free and Appropriate Public Education
FBA – Functional Behavior Assessment
IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP – Individualized Education Program (School District)
IEE – Independent Education Evaluation
ITP – Individual Transition Plan
LEA – Local Education Agency
LRE – Least Restrictive Agency
OAH – Office of Administrative Hearings
OHI – Other Health Impaired
OT – Occupational Therapy
PLOP – Present Levels of Performance
PT – Physical Therapy
RTC – Residential Treatment Center
SAI – Special Academic Instruction
SDC – Special Day Class
SLD – Specific Learning Disabilities
SLI – Speech Language Impaired
504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

TA4N. TY.*


* TA4N = That’s all for now. TY = Thank you.

** This information is provided for educational purposes and to provide the reader with a general understanding of the basic rights afforded to parents/children under IDEA, not to provide specific legal advice. No attorney client relationship between the reader and Moore Law for Children is created. This information should not be used as a substitute for legal advice as it relates to the specific facts of your or your child’s circumstances or case.