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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Special Education Abbreviations and Definitions:
ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
APE: Adapted Physical Education
AUT: Autistic
CAC: Community Advisory Committee
CCR: California Code of Regulations - Title V
CCS: California Children's Services (provides OT and PT services)
CELDT: California English Language Development Test
CP: Cerebral Palsy
CBI: Community Based Instruction
DB: Deaf/Blindness
DEAF: Deafness
DHH: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DIS: Designated Instruction and Services (same as related services; commonly includes Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT)  Speech and Language Therapy, Adapted Physical Education (APE)
ECSE: Early Childhood Special Education
EMD: Established Medical Disability (ages 3-5)
ED: Emotionally Disturbed
FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education
GATE: Gifted and Talented Education
IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (P.L. 101-476)
ID: Intellectual Disability
IEP: Individualized Education Program
ITP: Individual Transition Program
HH: Hard of hearing
LD: Learning Disabled
LEP: Limited English Proficient
Local Plan: A legal document that describes in detail how the special education local agency will implement special education laws and regulations within its jurisdiction.
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
MD: Multiple Disabilities
OI: Orthopedic Impairment
OHI: Other Health Impairment
OT: Occupational Therapy
PT: Physical Therapy
P.L. 94-142: Education for All Handicapped Children Act (federal law)
RSP: Resource Specialist Program
SDC: Special Day Class
Section 504: Section of Civil Rights Law (Rehabilitation Act of 1973) pertaining to individuals with disabilities
SELPA: Special Education Local Plan Area
SLD: Specific Learning Disability
SLI: Speech and Language Impairment
SST: Student Study Team (same as child study team and guidance team)
TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury
Title 5 Regulations: California regulations concerning special education laws
VI: Visual Impairment
Visual Motor: The ability to coordinate vision with body movements