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Here is a list of acronyms commonly used BY the Colorado Department of Education.

AAC Augmentative Alternative Communication
ABI Acquired Brain Injury
ADA Americans With Disabilities Act
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder
ADL Activities of Daily Living
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
APE Adapted Physical Education
APR Annual Performance Report
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASL American Sign Language
AT Assistive Technology
AU Administrative Unit
AUA Administrative Unit of Attendance
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BD Behavior Disorder
BEP Behavior Education Program
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services
BOCS Board of Cooperative Services
BVI Blind/Visually Impaired
CAP Corrective Action Plan
CCB Community Centered Board
CCR Colorado Code of Regulations
CDE Colorado Department of Education
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CHADD Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
CI Cochlear Implant
CIMC-VH Colorado Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Handicapped
CIMP Continuous Improvement and Monitoring Process
CLD Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse
CNS Central Nervous System
CP Cerebral Palsy
CSDB Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
CSEAC Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee
DB Deafblind or Deafblindness
DD Developmentally Disabled
DHH Deaf/Hard of Hearing
DPH Due Process Hearing
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV
DSU Data Services Unit
DVR Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECEA Exceptional Children's Educational Act
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education
ED Emotional Disability
EDAC Education Data Advisory Committee
EI Educational Interpreter
ELL English Language Learner
EOY End of Year
ESL English as a Second Language
ESSU Exceptional Student Services Unit
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FHA Functional Hearing Assessment
FVA Functional Visual Assessment
GT Gifted and Talented
HIPPA Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act
HKNC Helen Keller National Center
HQT Highly Qualified Teacher
ICAP Individual Career and Academic Plan
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
IHO Independent Hearing Officer
IPS Individualized Planning Sessions
IQ Intelligence Quotient
ITP Individual Transition Plan
LD Learning Disabled
LEA Local Education Agency
LEP Limited English Proficient
LMA Learning Media Assessment
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MD Multiple Disabilities
MPRRC Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center
NASDSE National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NECTAS National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System
NIMAC National Instructional Materials Access Center
NIMAS National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
NPSO National Post-School Outcomes Center
NSTTAC National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
NTAC National Technical Assistance Consortium
OCR Office of Civil Rights
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
O&M Orientation and Mobility
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
OT Occupational Therapy
Part B Special Education - School-Aged Children (Ages 3-21)
Part C Special Education Early Intervention - Birth through 2 Years Old
PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PBS Positive 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
PsD Preschool Disability
PT Physical Therapy
RAD Reactive Attachment Disorder
RtI Response to Intervention
SA Self-Assessment
SAT Student Assistance Team
SBRR Scientifically Based Reading Research
SEA State Education Agency
SEAP Special Education Advisory Panel
Section 619 Special Education 3-5 Years Old
SEFAC Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee
SI Sensory Integration
SIED Significant Identifiable Emotional Disability
SILC Supporting Inclusive Learning Communities
SIP State Improvement Plan
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech or Language Impairment
SLIC Significant Limited Intellectual Capacity
SOP State Operated Program
S/P Severe/Profound
SLP Speech Language Pathologist
SPP State Performance Plan
SSN Significant Support Needs
SWAAAC Statewide Assistive, Augmentative Alternative Communication
SWAP School to Work Alliance Program
SWD Students with Disabilities
TA Technical Assistance
TAP Transition Action Plan
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
ToD Teacher of the Deaf
TP Transition Plan
TTE Temporary Teacher Eligibility
TTY TeleType or Text Telephone
TVI Teacher of Students Who Are Visually Impaired
USDE United States Department of Education
VD Visually Disabled
VI Visually Impaired
VR Vocational Rehabilitation

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