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A list of acronyms commonly used by the Exceptional Student Services Unit.  For other acronyms used by the Colorado Department of Education: click here.

AACAugmentative Alternative Communication
ABIAcquired Brain Injury
ADA Americans With Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder
ADLActivities of Daily Living
ALJAdministrative Law Judge
APE Adapted Physical Education
APRAnnual Performance Report
ASDAutism Spectrum Disorder
ASHAAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASLAmerican Sign Language
ATAssistive Technology
AUAdministrative Unit
AUAAdministrative Unit of Attendance
AYPAdequate Yearly Progress
BD Behavior Disorder
BEPBehavior Education Program
BIPBehavior Intervention Plan
BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services
BOCS Board of Cooperative Services
BVIBlind/Visually Impaired
CAPCorrective Action Plan
CCB Community Centered Board
CCRColorado Code of Regulations
CDE Colorado Department of Education
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CHADDChildren and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CICochlear Implant
CIMC-VHColorado Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Handicapped
CIMPContinuous Improvement and Monitoring Process
CLD Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse
CNS Central Nervous System
CPCerebral Palsy
CSDB Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
CSEACColorado Special Education Advisory Committee
DB Deafblind or Deafblindness
DD Developmentally Disabled
DHHDeaf/Hard of Hearing
DPHDue Process Hearing
DSM-IVDiagnostic and Statistical Manual IV
DSUData Services Unit
DVRDivision of Vocational Rehabilitation
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECEAExceptional Children's Educational Act
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education
EDEmotional Disability
EDACEducation Data Advisory Committee
EIEducational Interpreter
ELLEnglish Language Learner
EOYEnd of Year
ESL English as a Second Language
ESSUExceptional Student Services Unit
ESYExtended School Year
FAPEFree Appropriate Public Education
FBAFunctional Behavior Assessment
FERPAFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FHAFunctional Hearing Assessment
FVAFunctional Visual Assessment
GTGifted and Talented
HIPPAHealth Insurance Portability Accountability Act
HKNC Helen Keller National Center
HQT Highly Qualified Teacher
ICAPIndividual Career and Academic Plan
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council
IDIntellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
IEEIndependent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
IHOIndependent Hearing Officer
IPS Individualized Planning Sessions
IQIntelligence Quotient
ITPIndividual Transition Plan
LD Learning Disabled
LEA Local Education Agency
LEPLimited English Proficient
LMALearning Media Assessment
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MDMultiple Disabilities
MPRRCMountain Plains Regional Resource Center
NASDSENational Association of State Directors of Special Education
NCLBNo Child Left Behind
NECTASNational Early Childhood Technical Assistance System
NIMACNational Instructional Materials Access Center
NIMASNational Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
NPSONational Post-School Outcomes Center
NSTTACNational Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
NTAC National Technical Assistance Consortium
OCROffice of Civil Rights
OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODDOppositional Defiant Disorder
O&MOrientation and Mobility
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERSOffice of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
OT Occupational Therapy
Part BSpecial Education - School-Aged Children (Ages 3-21)
Part CSpecial Education Early Intervention - Birth through 2 Years Old
PBISPositive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PBSPositive Behavior Support
PC Perceptual-Communicative Criteria
PCD Perceptual or Communicative Disability
PD Physical Disability
PEAK Parent Education and Assistance for Kids
PEP Parents Encouraging Parents
PsDPreschool Disability
PT Physical Therapy
RADReactive Attachment Disorder
RtIResponse to Intervention
SATStudent Assistance Team
SBRRScientifically Based Reading Research
SEA State Education Agency
SEAPSpecial Education Advisory Panel
Section 619Special Education 3-5 Years Old
SEFACSpecial Education Fiscal Advisory Committee
SISensory Integration
SIED Significant Identifiable Emotional Disability
SILC Supporting Inclusive Learning Communities
SIPState Improvement Plan
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLISpeech or Language Impairment
SLIC Significant Limited Intellectual Capacity
SOPState Operated Program
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SPPState Performance Plan
SSNSignificant Support Needs
SWAAAC Statewide Assistive, Augmentative Alternative Communication
SWAP School to Work Alliance Program
SWDStudents with Disabilities
TA Technical Assistance
TAPTransition Action Plan
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
ToDTeacher of the Deaf
TPTransition Plan
TTE Temporary Teacher Eligibility
TTY TeleType or Text Telephone
TVITeacher of Students Who Are Visually Impaired
USDEUnited States Department of Education
VDVisually Disabled
VI Visually Impaired
VRVocational Rehabilitation

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