Special Education Acronyms

The assessment process in special education is a very detailed approach. It is one that involves many meetings and conversations. Too often, we hear educators speaking with acronyms rather than using the full words or phrase (e.g., at most meetings you’ll here someone say “Billy has an IEP” instead of “Billy has an Individualized Education Program”. The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. We are pleased to provide this list of special education and disability related acronyms, and hope it helps our members quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal acronyms in the field, as well as be used as a possible handout for parents in the future.