ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder

ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder -

ADHD Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

ADL Activities for Daily Living

AIS Academic Intervention Services

ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder

AT Assistive Technology

BIP Behavioral Intervention Plan

BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services

BOE Board of Education

CP Cerebral Palsy

CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education

CPE Committee on Special Education

CT Consultant Teacher

CTE Career and Technical Education

DIR Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model

DOH Department of Health

ECDC Early Childhood Direction Center

ED Emotional Disturbance

EI Early Intervention (Program)

ELA English Language Arts

ELL English Language Learner

ESL English as a Second Language

ESY Extended School Year


FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment

FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

GED General Equivalency Diploma

HI Hearing Impairment

IAES Interim Alternative Educational Setting

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP Individualized Education Program

IESP Individualized Education Services Program

ILC Independent Living Center

IQ Intelligence Quotient

LD Learning Disability

LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MAPS Management, Academic, Physical, Social
(4 required areas in PLPs)

MR Mental Retardation

MD Multiple Disabilities

NCLB No Child Left Behind Act, 2002

NYSAA New York State Alternative Assessment

OHI Other Health Impairment

OI Orthopedic Impairment

OMH Office of Mental Health

OPWDD Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

OT Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy


PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder |

PDD-NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder not otherwise specified

PINS Person in Need of Supervision

PST Pupil Serviced Team

PT Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy

PLP Present Level of Performance (also PLEP or PLOP)

RCT Regents Competency Test

RECDC Regional Early Childhood Direction Center

RR Resource Room

RTI Response to Intervention

RS Related Service

RSE-TASC Regional Special Education Technical Assistance

SED State Education Department

SEIT Special Education Itinerant Teacher

SEQA Special Education Quality Assurance, SED

SLP Speech Language Pathologist

SWD Student with a Disability

TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

VI Visual Impairment

VR Vocational Rehabilitation

504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112, Section 504)