Special Education Acronyms

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Special education acronyms often add an additional level of confusion for many parents during IEP meetings. As a parent, it is often easy to distance yourself from IEP meeting conversations once team members begin using language such as LEA, FAPE, and LRE. Although below is not an exhaustive list of special education acronyms, the list does provide you an overview of many of the typical acronyms used.

AE – Age Equivalent

AT – Assistive Technology

BIP – Behavior Intervention Plan

DOE – Department of Education

ED – Emotional Disturbance

ESY – Extended School Year

FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA – Functional Behavior Assessment

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

GE – Grade Equivalent

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

ID – Intellectual Disability

I/DD – Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability

IEE – Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP – Individualized Education Program

LEA – Local Education Agency

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

MDR – Manifestation Determination Review

OSEP – Office of Special Education Program

PLOP – Present Levels of Performance

PWN – Prior Written Notice

RTI – Response to Intervention

SEA – State Education Agency

SLI – Speech Language Impairment

VR – Vocational Rehabilitation

When you hire us to help your special needs child we will provide you a complete list of special education acronyms so you can be empowered to advocate for your child.

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