Delaware Agencies and Programs

AAR Adult Abuse Registry
ADRC Aging and Disability Resource Center
APS Adult Protective Services
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CLIMB Consortium Leadership and Independence through Managing Benefits
DART Delaware Authority for Regional Transit
DDC Developmental Disabilities Council
DDDS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
DEMA Delaware Emergency Management Agency
DFS Division of Family Services
DHSS Department of Health and Social Services
DLTC Division of Long Term Care
DMMA Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
DODHH Delaware Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DOE Department of Education
DOL Department of Labor
DPAP Delaware Prescription Assistance Program
DPBHS Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services
DPC Delaware Psychiatric Center
DPH Division of Public Health
DSAAPD Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities
DSAMH Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
DSBA Delaware School Boards Association
DSCYF Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families (The Delaware Children’s Department)
DSEA Delaware State Education Association
DVI Division for the Visually Impaired
DVR Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, also known asVR
DYRS Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
ECAP Early Childhood Assistance Program
ECT Exceptional Children Team
EDTAC Elderly and Disabled Transit Advisory Committee
EIC Education Improvement Commission
EPPC Educational Planning and Placement Committee
FCRB Foster Care Review Board
GACEC Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council (for Infants and Toddlers)
ICCF Interagency Council for Children and Families
ICT Interagency Collaborative Team
ISI Inclusive Schools Initiative
SCPD State Council for Persons with Disabilities
SNAP Special Needs Alert Program
STEPS Sequenced Transition to Education in the Public Schools

Delaware Disability-related Organizations

AAB Architectural Accessibility Board
AD Autism Delaware The Arc The Arc of Delaware
CAP Client Assistance Program
CDS Center for Disabilities Studies
CERTS Collaborative Efforts to Reinforce Transition Success
CFF Children and Families First
CCCD Coordinating Council for Children with DisAbilities CLASI Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
CODHHE Council on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Equality
CQSE Center for Quality Special Education
DADB Delaware Association for Deaf/Blind
DAP Delaware Autism Program
DATI Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative
DE CEC Delaware Council for Exceptional Children
DE FV/F2F Delaware Family Voices/ Family to Family Health Information Center
DelARF Delaware Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
DFRC Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities
DLP Disabilities Law Program
DS A Down Syndrome Association of Delaware
DSPAC Delaware State Parent Advisory Committee
Early CHOICES Children Having Options in the Continuum of Educational Services
F2F Delaware Family to Family Health Information Center
Family SHADE Family Support and Healthcare Alliance Delaware
FCIL Freedom Center for Independent Living
HLAA Hearing Loss Association of America
HLADE Hearing Loss Association of Delaware
IRI Independent Resources, Inc.
PIC Parent Information Center of Delaware
MHA Mental Health Association of Delaware
NAMI-DE National Alliance on Mental Illness, Delaware Chapter
PAC Parent Advisory Committee
PAT Parents as Teachers
PEEC Parent Early Education Center
UCP United Cerebral Palsy

Disability-related Terms

AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADL Activities of Daily Living
AMD Adaptive Mobility Device
ASL American Sign Language
AT Assistive Technology
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
CAP Corrective Action Plan
CART Communication Access Realtime Translation
CAS Comprehensive Assessment System
CASA Court Appointed Special Advocate
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CM Case Manager
CNA Certified Nursing Assistant
COPM Coordinator of Planning and Monitoring Personnel Development
CST Child Study Team
CSW Clinical SocialWorker CYSHCN Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
DCAS Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System
DCAS-Alt1 Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System Alternate Assessment
DME Durable Medical Equipment
DSP Direct Support Professional
ED Educational Diagnostician
EI Early Intervention
ELL English Language Learners
ELP Essential Lifestyle Plan
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
ESL English as a Second Language
ESY Extended School Year for Special Education Services
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavior Assessment
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FQHC Federally Qualified Health Centers
FTE Full Time Equivalent
GCS Glasgow Coma Score
HHA Home Health Aide
HIPAA Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
ICAN Increasing Capabilities Access Network
ICAP Inventory for Client and Agency Planning
ICAS Inclusive Comprehensive Assessment System
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEALR Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Law Review
IEE Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP Individualized Educational Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
IIP Individual Improvement Plan
ILC Intensive Learning Center
IPRD Identification, Placement, Review, Dismissal
IQ Intelligence Quotient
ISIS Integrated Services Information System
IST Instructional Support Team
JPIP Junior Partners in Policymaking
LCCE Life Centered Career Education
LEA Local Educational Agency
LEP Limited English Proficiency
LMN Letter of Medical Necessity
LOF Letter of Finding
LOP Local Operational Plan
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MBI Medicaid Buy-in
MCO Managed Care Organization
MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team
MFP Money Follows the Person
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOE Maintenance of Effort
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MOVE Mobility Opportunities Via Education/Experience Curriculum
MSW Masters in SocialWork
NPA Nurse Practices Act
OT Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Part B Public law that authorizes assistance for the education of all children
Part C Public law that authorizes early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities (formerly Part H)
P&A Protection and Advocacy
PAS Personal Assistance Services
PASS Plan to Achieve Self-Sufficiency
PBS Positive Behavior Support
PCA Personal Care Attendant
PCIP Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan
PIP Partners in Policymaking
POC Purchase of Care
PPEC Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care
PT Physical Therapist/Therapy
PWD Person with a Disability
RTC Residential Treatment Center
SEA State Educational Agency
Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the section that concerns non-discrimination)
SEEDS Special Education Effectiveness Development System
SES Special Education Services
SIG State Improvement Grant
SLP Speech-Language Pathologist
SIP State Improvement Plan
Sped Special Education (sometimes written as “Special Ed.” or “Spec. Ed.”)
TDD Telecommunications Device for the Deaf
TPR Termination of Parental Rights
TTY Text Telephone (for the hearing impaired)
UDL Universal Design for Learning
Vo-Tech Vocational-Technical School or Program
WISC Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs

ABI Acquired Brain Injury
ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AS Asperger Syndrome
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
AU Autism
CF Cystic Fibrosis
CP Cerebral Palsy
DB Deaf/Blind
DD Developmental Disability or Developmentally Delayed
DS Down Syndrome
FASD Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (includes FAS - fetal alcohol syndrome, ARND - alcohol related neurodevelopment disorder and ARBD - Alcohol-Related Birth Defects)
HI Hearing Impaired
ID Intellectual Disability
LD Learning Disability
MH Mental Health
MI Mental Illness
MS Multiple Sclerosis
NTD Neural Tube Defect
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODD Oppositional Defiant Disorder
OI Osteogenesis Imperfecta
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
SB Spina Bifida
SCI Spinal Cord Injury
SED Severely Emotionally Disturbed
SEM Social/Emotional Disability
SLD Specific Learning Disability
SLI Speech and Language Impaired
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
VI Visually Impaired

National Organizations

AAIDD American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR—American Association on Mental Retardation)
ACB American Council for the Blind
ASDC American Society for Deaf Children
AUCD Association of University Centers on Disabilities
BIA Brain Injury Association
CCD Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CHADD Children with Attention Deficit Disorder
NACDD National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
NASDSE National Association of State Directors of Special Education
NASDTEC National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification
NCATE National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
NCD National Council on Disability
NCIL National Council on Independent Living
NDCCD National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NFCA National Family Caregivers Association
NFV National Family Voices
NICHCY National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders
STOMP Specialized Training of Military Parents
UCPA United Cerebral Palsy Associations

Federal Agencies and Programs

ACF Administration on Children and Families
ADD Administration on Developmental Disabilities
ATBCB Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
HHS United States Department of Health and Human Services
DOJ United States Department of Justice
DOL United States Department of Labor
ED United States Department of Education
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development
JAN Job Accommodation Network
MC&FP Military Community and Family Policy
MCHB Maternal and Child Health Bureau
NCSET National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
NIDRR National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
OCR Office of Civil Rights
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
PCEPD President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
PCPID President’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities
RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (formerly AFDC)
TEFRA Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act
TWIIA Ticket toWork Incentive and Improvements Act
VAMC Veterans Administration Medical Center
WIC Women, Infants and Children