Special Needs

Utah PTA Special Needs Committee

Children with special needs and their parents and teachers are an important part of PTA. This group faces a unique set of challenges and they deserve our support and recognition. All special needs are not the same. Some are purely physical and others are cognitive or behavioral or a mixture. What is appropriate for one person with a special need may not be appropriate for another. Different children may need different accommodations to fully participate.

We have formed a Utah PTA Special Needs Committee, a coalition of special needs groups, parents and teachers. The goal of this committee is to assess what elements, programs, and resources are needed for local PTA units and for special needs schools to help meet the needs of the families and teachers of children with special needs across the state and to help them feel included and valued. 

The Role and Responsibilities of Local Special Needs Reps

Local PTAs are encouraged to have a Special Needs Representative on each local board. 

Guide to Helpful Special Education Acronyms

Educators and others in the special education community will use an acronym to describe a service, disability or agency. Here is a list of commonly used acronyms:

ADA         Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD         Attention Deficit Disorder 
ADHD         Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
APE         Adaptive Physical Education
AE         Age Equivalent
AIS         Academic Intervention Services
ASL         American Sign Language
AT         Assistive Technology
BIP         Behavior Intervention Plan
BOCES         Board of Cooperative Educational Services
BOE         Board of Education
CPSE         Committee on Preschool Special Education
CSE         Committee on Special Education
DD         Developmental Disability
ED         Emotionally Disabled
ESEA         Elementary and Secondary Education Act
ESY         Extended School Year Services 
FAPE         Free and Appropriate Public Education
FBA         Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA         Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
IAES         Interim Alternative Educational Setting 
IDEA         Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 
IEP         Individualized Education Program 
IEE         Independent Educational Evaluation 
IHO         Impartial Hearing Officer 
IQ         Intelligence Quotient 
LD         Learning Disabled 
LRE         Least Restrictive Environment 
NCLB         No Child Left Behind
OHI         Other Health Impaired 
OT         Occupational Therapy
PDD         Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PT         Physical Therapy 
RR         Resource Room
RtI         Response to Intervention
SAI         Specialized Academic Instruction
SED         State Education Department
SEIT         Special Education Itinerant Teacher Services
SETRC         Special Education Training Resource Centers
SGI         Small Group Instruction
SI         Speech Impaired
TBI         Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD         Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
UDL         Universal Design for Learning
VESID         Office of Vocational & Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
VI         Visually Impaired 
VR         Vocational Rehabilitation