SVSS Acronyms

(AAC) - Alternative Augmentative Communication

(ABA) - Applied Behavior Analysis

(ABC) - Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence

(ADA) - Americans with Disabilities Act

(ADD / ADHD) - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

(ADM) - Average Daily Membership

(AETS) - Adult Education Transition Services Program

(APE) - Adapted Physical Education

(APR) - Annual Performance Report

(ARRA) - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

(ASL) - American Sign Language

(AT) - Assistive Technology

(AUT) - Autism

(AYP) - Adequate Yearly Progress

(BD) - Behavior Disorder

(BIE) - Bureau of Indian Education

(BIP) - Behavior Intervention Plan

(CAPD) - Central Auditory Processing Disorder

(CAPTA) - Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

(CBA) - Curriculum Based Assessment

(CCS) - Common Core Standards

(CEC) - Council for Exceptional Children

(COP) - Coordinated Early Intervening Services

(CFR) - Code of Federal Regulations

(CIL) - Center for Independent Living

(COP) - Community of Practice

(CSHCN) - Children with Special Health Care Needs, DHS

(DB) - Deaf-Blind

(DD) - Developmental Delay

(DD Council) - Developmental Disabilities Council

(DHH) - Deaf or Hard of Hearing

(DHS) - Department of Health Service

(DIBELS) - Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy

(DOC) - Department of Corrections

(DoDDS) - Department of Defense Dependent Schools

(DOE) - United States Department of Education

(DPI) - Department of Public Instruction

(DSM) - Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association

(ESCE) - Early Childhood Special Education

(ED) - Emotional Disturbances

(EDGAR) - Education Department General Administrative Regulations

(EI) - Early Intervention

(EIS) - Early Intervening Services

(ELL) - English Language Learners

(ESD) -Extended School Day

(ESOL) - English as a Second or Other Language

(ESY) - Extended School Year

(FAPE) - Free Appropriate Public Education

(FAS) - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

(FBA) - Functional Behavioral Assessment

(FERPA) - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

(FFY) - Federal Fiscal Year


(HS) - Head Start

(HQT) - Highly Qualified Teacher

(IAES) - Interim Alternative Educational Setting

(ICC) - Interagency Coordinating Council

(ID) - Intellectual Disabilities

(IDEA) - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the current federal special education law.

(IEE) - Individualized Educational Evaluation

(IEP) - Individualized Education Program

(IHL) - Institutes of Higher Learning

(IQ) - Intelligence Quotient

(IFSP) - Individualized Family Service Plan

(ITP) - Individualized Transition Plan

(LD) - Learning Disability

(LEA) - Local Educational Agency (School District)

(LRE) - Least Restrictive Environment

(MDR) - Manifestation Determination Review

(MOU) - Memorandum of Understanding

(MTSS) - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

(NCD) - Non-categorical Delay (up to 9yrs old)

(NCLB) - No Child Left Behind Act (reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

(NIMAC) - National Instructional Materials Access Center

(NIMAS) - National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard


(O&M) - Orientation and Mobility

(OAH) - Office of Administrative Hearings

(OCR) - Office for Civil Rights: A part of the US DOE responsible for enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

(OHI) - Other Health Impairment

(OI) - Orthopedic Impairment

(OSEP) - Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education

(OSERS) - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

(OT) - Occupational Therapy

P&A) - Protection & Advocacy

(PBIS) - Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

(PLAAFP) - Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

(PT) - Physical Therapy

(PTI) - Parent Training and Information (Pathfinder Center)

(PWN) - Prior Written Notice


(RCH) - Residential Care Home

(RtI) - Response to Intervention

(SEA) - State Educational Agency (NDDPI)

((Section) 504) - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

(SIP) - State Improvement Plan

(SLI) - Speech Language Impairment

(SPDG) - State Personnel Development Grant for Response to Intervention in ND

(SPP) - State Performance Plan

(STARS) - State Automated Reporting System

(SVSS) - Souris Valley Special Services

(TBI) - Traumatic Brain Injury

(TTY) - Teletypewriter

(VI) - Vision Impairment

(VR) - Vocational Rehabilitation

If you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please let us know the accessibility issue you are having by contacting, Alison Dollar at (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format and/or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible. If you would like to file a formal grievance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you may contact our Section 504 coordinator, Alison Dollar, Director at 1370 20th Ave SW., Minot ND, (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

The Souris Valley Special Services Unit is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The Unit prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a student, parent/guardian, employee and/or applicant's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

The Unit's nondiscrimination policy (pdf)

For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment, please contact:
Dr. Alison Dollar
Title IX, 504, and nondiscrimination Coordinator
1370 20th Ave SW
Minot, ND. 58701

Inquiries and complaints under Title IX may also be referred to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560


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