There are many acronyms used in discussion about disability in the U.S.. Some of these acronyms are listed here, along with a brief explanation.

504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

AT: Assistive Technology

AUCD: Association of University Centers on Disabilities*

CRC: Convention on the Rights of the Child

CRPD: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

DOE: U.S. Department of Education

DIS: Designated Instruction and Services

DOR: Department of Rehabilitation

DOS: U.S. Department of State

ECA: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

ESEA: Elementary and Secondary Education Act

ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act

FAPE: Free and Appropriate Public Education

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

ICI: Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston*, or Institute for Community Integration at University of Minnesota

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation

IEP: Individualized Educational Program

IFSP: Individualized Family Service Plan

LEA: Local Education Agency

LEND: Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities programs

LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

NCLB: No Child Left Behind

OCR: U.S. Office for Civil Rights

OEO: Office of Equal Opportunity

OSEP: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (in U.S Department of Education)

OSERS: U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Programs (in U.S Department of Education)

PFC: Professional Fellows Congress

PFP: Professional Fellows Program

PWN: Prior Written Notice

RSA: Rehabilitation Services Administration

SERR: Special Education Rights and Responsibilities book

SLP: Speech Language Pathologist

SPED: Special Education

UCEDD: University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service


*Program partners implementing the ADA International Fellowship Program