Once you start reading the laws, you will encounter many acronyms or abbreviations used in the language that you should understand. Below are the most common acronyms used in the federal and state law language. Familiarization with these acronyms will help you understand the law.

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

APE – Adaptive Physical Education

AT – Assistive Technology

FAPE – Free Appropriate Public Education

FBA – Functional Behavior Assessment

FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FSIQ – Full Scale Intelligence Quotient

IAT – Intervention Assistance Team

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE – Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP – Individualized Education Plan

IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan

IQ – Intelligence Quotient

LEA – Local Education Agency

LRE – Least Restrictive Environment

MFE – Multi-Factored Evaluation

OCR – Office of Civil Rights

OHI – Other Health Impaired

OT – Occupational Therapy/Therapist

PE – Physical Education

PT – Physical Therapy/Therapist

RTI – Response To Intervention

SEA – State Education Agency

SLD – Specific Learning Disability

SLP – Speech and Language Pathologist

504 – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973