Powerful lettersby Sven Brandsma

Common Acronyms Used in CA Special Education

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

ADR: Alternative Dispute Resolution

ALJ: Administrative Law Judge

AT: Assistive Technology

CAC: Community Advisory Committee on Special Education

CASE: Community Alliance for Special Education

CCS: California Children’s Services

CDE: California Department of Education

CDC: California Diagnostic Centers

CAHSEE: California High School Exit Exam

DIS: Designated Instruction and Services

DOE: U.S. Department of Education

DOR: Department of Rehabilitation

DREDF: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

FAPE: Free and Appropriate Public Education

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP: Individualized Educational Program

IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan

IPP: Individual Program Plan (Regional Center)

LEA: Local Education Agency

LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

NCLB: No Child Left Behind

OAH: Office of Administrative Hearings

OCR: U.S. Office for Civil Rights

OEO: Office of Equal Opportunity / CDE

OSEP: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs / DOE

OSERS: U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs

OT/PT: Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

PAI: Protection and Advocacy, Inc.

PSRS: Procedural Safeguards and Referral Services / CDE

PTI: Parent Training and Information Center

PWN: Prior Written Notice

RSP: Resource Specialist Program

SDC: Special Day Class

SELPA: Special Education Local Plan Area

SERR: “Special Education Rights and Responsibilities” book

SLP: Speech Language Pathologist

SPED: Special Education