18 Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup


Acronyms commonly used in Special Education

ADD .............................................Attention Deficit Disorder
APE..............................................Adapted Physical Education
CAC ...........................................Community Advisory Committee
CCS ..........................................California Children's Service
CDBS ........................................California Deaf-Blind Services
CDE .....................................California Department of Education
CNS .................................................Central Nervous System
COE .............................................County Office of Education
DIS ....................................Designated Instruction and Services
DD ................................................Developmentally Disabled
DHH ...............................................Deaf and Hard of Hearing
HKNC ..........................................Helen Keller National Center
ICSM ......................................Individual Critical Skills Model
IEP .......................................Individualized Education Program
IFSP ...... Individual Family Service Plan (implemented by infant programs)
IHE ..........................................Institute of Higher Education
IPP .............. Individual Program Plan (implemented by regional center)
ITP .............................................Individual Transition Plan
LD .......................................................Learning Disabled
LRE ..........................................Least Restrictive Environment
MH ......................................................Multiple Handicaps
OT ....................................................Occupational Therapy
PEERS .................. Providing Education to Everyone in Regular Schools
PNS ..............................................Peripheral Nervous System
PT ........................................................Physical Therapy
SDC ......................................................Special Day Class
SED .............................................Special Education Division
SED ...........................................Severe Emotional Disturbance
SELPA ................................Special Education Local Planning Area
SH ................................................... Severely Handicapped
SLD................................................Severe Language Disorder
SLD ...........................................Specific Learning Disability
TRCCI ..... Training and Resources for Community and Curriculum Integration
USD ................................................Unified School District
VI....................................................... Visually Impaired


Fact sheets from California Deaf-Blind Services are to be used by both families and professionals serving individuals with dual sensory impairments. The information applies to students 0-22 years of age. The purpose of the fact sheet is to give general information on a specific topic. More specific information for an individual student can be provided through individualized technical assistance available from CDBS. The fact sheet is a starting point for further information.


Order #018  rev. 3/12/94