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Albhabet Soup: Glossary of Terms and Acronyms in Special Education

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

CDC Comprehensive Development Class (a self-contained special education classroom).

CP Cerebral Palsy

DCS Department of ChildrenŐs Services

DD Developmental Disabilities or Developmental Delays

DHS Department of Human Services

DMH/MR Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

ED Emotionally Disturbed

EHA Education of the Handicapped Act ESY Extended School Year

FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

HI Hearing Impaired

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP Individualized Education Program

IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan

IQ Intelligence Quotient

LD Learning Disabled

LEA Local Educational Agency

LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MD Muscular Dystrophy

MH Multiply Handicapped

MR Mental Retardation

OCR Office of Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education)

OHI Other Health Impaired

OT Occupational Therapy

PT Physical Therapy

SEA State Educational Agency

SED Serious Emotional Disturbance

TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

TEIS Tennessee Early Intervention Services

TP&A Tennessee Protection and Advocacy

VR Vocational Rehabilitation


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