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Acronym Decoder: Special Education and Disability

October 20, 2021
Disability Systems, Special Education


ABAApplied Behavioral Analysis
ABCAntecedent, Behavior, Consequence
ACCES-VRAdult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation
ACESAcademics, Career, and Essential Skills Program
ACSAdministration for Children’s Services
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
ADDAttention Deficit Disorder
ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADLActivities of Daily Living
AEMAccessible Education Materials
AESAdaptive Equipment Specialist
AIMAccessible Instructional Materials
AIMSAcquisition, Integrated Services, Meaningful Communication and Social Skills Program
ALCAlternate Learning Center
APEAdapted Physical Education
APSAdult Protective Services
ARP ESSERAmerican Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief
ASDAutism Spectrum Disorder
ASEAdministrator of Special Education
ASLAmerican Sign Language
ATAssistive Technology


BCBABoard Certified Behavior Analyst
BCOBorough/Citywide Offices
BIPBehavior Intervention Plan
BOSBoard Of Education
BSEBilingual Special Education


CAPClient Assistance Program/Corrective Action Plan
CAPDCentral Auditory Processing Disorder
CBOCommunity-Based Organization
CBSTCentral Based Support Team
CCD75Citywide Council for District 75
CCRRChild Care Resource and Referral
CCSICoordinated Children’s Services Initiatives
CDOSCareer Development and Occupational Studies
CECCommunity Education Council OR Council for Exceptional Children
CHIPChildren’s Health Insurance Program/Child Health Plus
CICommunity Inclusion
CPCerebral Palsy
CPIRCenter for Parent Information and Resources
CPPCommunity Partnership Program
CPSECommittee on Preschool Special Education
CRCommunity Residence
CRPChildren’s Residential Program
CSECommittee on Special Education
CSPComparable Services Plan
CSWCertified Social Worker
CTECareer and Technical Education


DDDevelopmental Disabilities
DDACDevelopmental Disabilities Advisory Council
DDPDevelopmental Disabilities Profile
DDPCDevelopmental Disabilities Planning Council
DDRODevelopmental Disabilities Regional Office
DFADepartment of Family Assistance
DLDual Language
DMAFDiabetes Medical Accommodations Form
DMEDurable Medical Equipment
DOEDepartment of Education
DOHDepartment of Health (NYS)
DOHMHDepartment of Health & Mental Hygiene (NYC)
DRNYDisability Rights New York
DTDay Treatment
DTPDay Treatment Program
D75District 75


EBPEvidence-based Practice
EAPEmployee Assistance Program
ECTACEarly Childhood Technical Assistance Center
EDEmotional Disturbance
EEOCEqual Employment Opportunity Commission
EIEarly Intervention
ELAEnglish Language Arts
ELLEnglish Language Learner
ENLEnglish as a New Language
EODEqual Opportunity and Diversity
ESYExtended School Year


FACEFamily and Community Engagement (NYSED)
Family and Community Empowerment (NYCDOE)
FAPEFree Appropriate Public Education
FASFetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBAFunctional Behavior Assessment
FERPAFamily Education Rights and Privacy Act
FIFiscal Intermediary
FOILFreedom of Information Law
FRCFamily Resource Center
FSCFamily Support Coordinator
FSSFamily Support Services
FWCFamily Welcome Center


GEGeneral Education
G&TGifted and Talented


HATSHearing Assistive Technology
HCBSHome & Community Based Services
HESHearing Education Services
HHSHealth and Human Services
HIHearing Impared
HLISHome Language Identification Survey
HMOHealth Maintenance Organization
HOHearing Officer
HSEHigh School Equivalency
HUDHousing and Urban Development


ICTIntegrated Co-Teaching
IDIntellectual Disability
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEEIndependent Educational Evaluation
IEPIndividualized Education Program
IESPIndividualized Education Services Program
IFSPIndividualized Family Service Plan
ILCIndependent Living Center
IRAIndividualized Residential Alternative
IRWEImpairment Related Work Expense
ISEIndividualized Service Environment
ISPIndividualized Service Plan
ISSIndividualized Support Services
IWRPIndividual Written Rehabilitation Plan


LDLearning Disability
LOTELanguage Other than English
LRELeast Restrictive Environment
LYFELiving for the Young Family Program


MAFMedical Administration Form
MDEMulti-Disciplinary Evaluation
MDRManifestation Determination Review
MLLMultilingual Learner
MOPDMayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
MTSSMulti-Tiered System of Support
MWMedicaid Waiver


NIMHNational Institute of Mental Health
NODNotice of Determination
NPNurse Practitioner
NPSNon-Public School
NYSAANew York State Alternate Assessment
NYCSANew York City Schools Account
NYSCBNew York State Commission for the Blind
NYSEDNew York State Education Department
NYSESLATNew York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
NYSITELLNew York State Identification Test for English Language Learners
NYSILCNew York State Independent Living Council


OASASOffice of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
OCFSOffice of Children and Family Services
OHIOther Health Impairment
O&MOrientation and Mobility
OMHOffice of Mental Health
OPTOffice of Pupil Transportation
OPWDDOffice for People with Developmental Disabilities
OSEOffice of Special Education (NYSED)
OSEPOffice of Special Education Programs (USDOE)
OSERSOffice of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
OSHOffice of School Health
OSISOpen Student Information System (NYCDOE data system used to generate student ID numbers)
OTOccupational Therapy
OTDAOffice of Temporary and Disability Assistance (NYS)


PAPhysician’s Assistant
PASSPlan for Achieving Self Support
PBISPositive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PCPPerson Centered Planning
PCSSPlan of Care Support Services
PEPPanel for Education Policy
PIDPromotion in Doubt
PLOPPresent Level of Performance
PTPhysical Therapy
PWNPrior Written Notice
PWSPrader-Willi Syndrome


RBITURegional Behavioral Intensive Treatment Unit
RPCRegional Partnership Center (NYSED)
RSARelated Service Authorization
RtIResponse to Intervention


SACCSkills and Achievement Commencement Credential
SAMHSASubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SANDI/FASTStudent Annual Needs Determination Inventory/Formative Assessment of Standard Tasks
SCService Coordinator
SCISSpecial Class Integrated Setting
SDSelf Determination
SDISpecially Designed Instruction
SEEPPOSpecial Education, Evaluation, Placement and Program Officer
SEOSpecial Education Office (NYCDOE)
SEQASpecial Education Quality Assurance
SESISSpecial Education Student Information System
SETSSSpecial Education Teacher Support Services
SLDSpecific Learning Disability
SLLSchool Location Letter
SLPSpeech/Language Pathology
SLTSchool Leadership Team
Speech/Language Therapy
SNTSupplemental Needs Trust
SOCRState Operated Community Residence
SOPMStandard Operating Procedures Manual
SPSpeech Pathology
Service Plan
SSASocial Security Administration
SSDISocial Security Disability Insurance
SSISupplemental Security Income
STSpeech Therapy
STHStudents in Temporary Housing


TANFTemporary Assistance for Needy Families
TASCTest Assessing Secondary Completion
TBITraumatic Brain Injury
TCACTransition and College Access Center
TDDTelecommunications Device for the Deaf


UDLUniversal Design for Learning
UPKUniversal Pre-Kindergarten
USDOEUnited States Department of Education


WICWomen, Infants, and Children


YAIYoung Adult Institute


ZTT Zero to Three – National Center for Infants, Toddlers, & Families


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