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Common Education/Human Services Acronyms


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Acronym Meaning
AA Alternate Assessment
AAC Augmentive and Alternative Communication
AAGSE Alternate Assessment Grade Span Expectations
ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABC Antecedent/Behavior/Consequence
ACB American Council for the Blind
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL Activities for Daily Living
AFT American Federation of Teachers
APE Adaptive Physical Education
APH American Printing House for the Blind
APR Annual Performance Report
ARC Associations for Retarded Citizens (ARCs)
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASHA American Speech Language and Hearing Association
ASPIIRE Associations of Service Providers Implementing IDEA
AT Assistive Technology
AUCD Association of University Centers on Disabilities
BD Behavior Disorder
CAITS Child and Adolescent Intensive Treatment Services
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CASSP Child and Adolescent Services Program (sponsored by the LCC)
CDC Child Development Center (at Hasbro)
CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CEDARR Comprehensive Evaluation Diagnosis Assessment Referral and Reevaluation
CEEC Caucus for Educators of Exceptional Children
CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CNDC Childrens Neurodevelopment Center
CRC Community Resource Center
CSHCN Children with special healthcare needs
CSPD Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CVI Cortical Vision Impairment
CWIC Community Work Incentives Coordinator (formerly BPAO Benefits Specialist)
DBH Division of Behavioral Health
DD Developmental Delay
DDD Division of Developmental Disabilities
DDS Disability Determination Services
DHS Department of Human Services
DLT Department of Labor and Training
DOE Department of Education
DOL Department of Labor
DPN Disability Program Navigator- works at netWORKri
DRA Developmental Reading Assessment
DSI Dual Sensory Impairment (Blind/Deaf)
EARN Employer Assistance Referral Network
ECC Expanded Core Curriculum (for students who are blind or visually impaired)
ED Emotional Disturbance
EI Early Intervention (birth to 3)
ELL English Language Learners
EN Employment Network
EPE Extended Period of Eligibility
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening Diagnostics and Testing
ERIC Educational Resource Information Center Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
ESL English as a Second Language
ESY Extended School Year
EXR Expedited Reinstatement
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FBR Federal Benefit Rate
FEAT Families for Effective Autism Treatment
FICA Federal Insurance Contributions Act
GCD Global Communication Disorder
GED General Educational Development
GLE Grade Level Expectations
GSE Grade Span Expectations
HBTS Home Based Theraputic Services
HIPPY Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council (oversees Early Intervention)
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act
IEP Individualized Education Plan
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan (early intervention equivelant of an IEP)
IHE Institutes of Higher Education
ILIAD IDEA Local Implementation by Local Administrators
IPE Individual Plan for Employment
IRS Internal Revenue Service
IRWE Impairment-Related Work Expenses
ISP Individual Service Plan
ITP Individual Transition Plan
JAN Job Accommodation Network
LAC Local (special education) Advisory Committee
LCC Local Coordinating Council
LD Learning Disabled
LEA Local Educational Agency
LRE Least Restricitive Environment
MHRH Mental Health Retardation & Hospitals- over sees DDD and DBH
NASP National Association of School Psychologists
NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals
NCBDDD National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NEA National Education Association
NECAP New England Common Assessments Program
NECTAC National Early Childhood Technicial Assistance Center
NetWORKri RI's One Stop Career Center, DLT
NICHCY National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NLTS National Longitudinal Transitional Summary
NRCP National Resourse Center for Paraprofessionals in Education and Related Services
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCR Office of Civil Rights (US Dept. of Education)
ODL Office of Diverse Learners
OHI Other Health Impaired
OJT On the Job Training- (work incentive for employers)
ORS Office of Rehabilitation Services
OSEP US Department of Education Office of Special Education Populations
OSESN Ocean State Employer Services Network - Work force Development Professional Group
OSP Office of Special Populations
OT Occupational Therapy/Therapist
P&A Protection and Advocacy
Part B Services for School Aged Children
Part C Services for Children Birth - 2 years old
PASS Personal Assistance Services and Supports (DHS program for children with special healthcare needs)
PASS Plan to Achieve Self-Support
PAT Parents As Teachers
PBGR Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements
PBIS Positive Behavior Interventions
PEC Picture Exchange Communication System
PEP Positive Educational Partnership
PESS Property Essential for Self-Support
PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
PSN Parent Support Network
PT Physical Therapy/Therapist
PTI Parent Training Information Project
PWN Prior Written Notice
RIBLN RI Business Leadership Network
RIDE RI Department of Education
RIDLC RI Disability Law Center
RIPIN RI Parent Information Network
RITAP RI Technical Assistance Program
RRC Regional Resource Center
SALT School Accountability for Learning and Teaching
SE Supported Employment
SEA State Education Agency
SEAC Special Education Advisory Committee
Section 504 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability portion of the Federal Rehab Act of 1973
Section 619 Preschool Special Education for Children 3-5 years old
SGA Substantial Gainful Activity
SIG State Improvement Grant
SIP State Improvement Plan
SIT School Improvement Team
SLP Speech/Language Pathologist
SORI Special Olympics of RI
SPDG State Personnel Development Grant
SPED Special Education
SpeNSE Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education
SPP State Performance Plan
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
SSS School Support System
TA Teacher Assistant
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
TTW Ticket to Work
TTY Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (Teletype)
TWP Trial Work Period
UCEDD University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
UWA Unsuccessful Work Attempt
VR Vocational Rehabilitation
WIA Workforce Investment Act
WIPA Work Incentives Planning and Assistance
WOTC Work Opportunities Tax Credit

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