A

  • AAB - Architectural Access Board
  • AAIDD (formerly AAMR) - American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, http://www.aaidd.org
  • ABAS - Adaptive Behavior Assessment System
  • ABE - Adult Basic Education
  • ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADAG - Accessibility Design Access Guidelines
  • ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ADDP - The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, http://www.addp.org
  • ADHD - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • ADL - Activities of Daily Living
  • AER - Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, http://www.aerbvi.org
  • AHEAD - Association for Higher Education and Disability, http://www.ahead.org
  • ALAB - Alleged Abuser
  • ALV - Alleged Victim
  • ARC - Association of Retarded Citizens, http://www.thearc.org , http://www.arcmass.org
  • ASC - Autism Support Center
  • ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ASL - American Sign Language

B

C

  • CAB - Citizen Advisory Board
  • CAM - Community Access Monitor
  • CMS - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • CMSP - Children's Medical Security Plan
  • COFAR - Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded, www.cofar.org
  • CORI - Criminal Offender Record Information
  • CP - Cerebral Palsy
  • CPASS - Community Personal Assistance Services and Supports
  • CRT- Complaint Resolution Team
  • CSHCN - Children with Special Health Care Needs

D

E

  • EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (federal), http://www.eeoc.gov
  • EEP - Extended Employment Program
  • EI - Early Intervention Services
  • EIP - Early Intervention Program (for children ages 0-3)
  • EMSC - Emergency Medical Services for Children
    http://www.mass.gov/dph/emsc
  • EOAF - Executive Office for Administration and Finance, http://www.mass.gov/eoaf
  • EOEA - Executive Office of Elder Affairs, http://www.mass.gov/elders
  • EOHHS - Executive Office of Health and Human Services,
  • EPSDT - Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • ETS - Employment Training Specialist

F-G

  • FSP - Family Support Plans
  • FAMILY TIES - Families Together in Enhancing Support
  • FC - Facilitated Communication
  • FEDERATION - The Federation for Children with Special Needs, http://www.fcsn.org/
  • FLSA - Fair Labor Standard Act
  • FOC - Families Organizing for Change, http://www.mfofc/.org
  • GAL - Guardian Ad Litem

H-I

  • HADU - Healthy Aging and Disability Unit
  • HCBW - Home and Community Based Waiver
  • HCSIS - Home and Community Services Information System
  • HHA - Home Health Aide
  • HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
  • HMO - Health Maintenance Organization
  • HOH - Hard of Hearing
  • HRO - Human Rights Officer
  • HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development, http://www.hud.gov/
  • http://www.mass.gov/dhcd
  • ICAP - Inventory for Client and Agency Planning
  • ICC - Interstate Coordinating Council
  • ICF - intermediate Care Facility
  • ICR/MR - Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded
  • ICI - Institute for Community Inclusion, http://www.communityinclusion.org/
  • IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • IEP - Individualized Education Plan
  • IL - Independent Living
  • ILC - Independent Living Center
  • IPCP - Injury Prevention and Control Program
  • IRWE - Inpaired-Related Work Expense
  • ISP - Individual Support Plan
  • ITP - Individual Transition Plan
  • IWRP - Individual Written Rehabilitation Plan

J-L

  • JTPA - Job Training Partnership Act
  • LEA - Local Education Authority
  • LHA - Local Housing Authority

M

N-O

P-Q

  • PAC - Parent Advisory Committee
  • PASARR - Pre-Admission Screening and Annual Resident Review
  • PASS - Plans to Achieve Self-Sufficiency
  • PCA - Personal Care Attendant
  • PCP - Person Centered Planning
  • PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • PDD, NOS - Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified
  • POC- Plan of Care
  • PS - Protective Service
  • PSL - Protective Service Liaison
  • PSW - Protective Service Worker
  • PT - Physical Therapy
  • PTA, PTO - Parent Teachers Association
  • PTSK - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

R

  • RAC - Regional Advisory Council
  • RCC - Rape Crisis Center
  • REB - Regional Employment Board
  • REPT - Reporter
  • RFP - Request for Proposal
  • RFR - Request for Response
  • RRTC - Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
  • RSA - Rehabilitation Services Administration, http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/index.html
  • RTA - Regional Transit Authority

S

  • SAC - Statewide Advisory Council
  • SAT - Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • SBHC - School Based Health Center
  • SDA - Service Delivery Area
  • SEOG - Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  • SGA - Substantial Gainful Activity
  • SHIP - Statewide Head Injury Program (MRC), http://www.mass.gov/mrc/ship
  • SIB - Self-Injurious Behavior
  • SILC - Statewide Independent Living Council
  • SNF - Skilled Nursing Facility
  • SPDU - State Police Detective Unit, http://www.mass.gov/msp/
  • SpEd - Special Education
  • SSA - Social Security Administration, http://www.ssa.gov/
  • SSDI - Supplemental Security Disability Income
  • SSI - Supplemental Security Income, http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/ssi.htm

T

  • TAC - Transitional Advisory Committee
  • TASH - The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, http://www.tash.org/
  • TJTC - Targeted Job Tax Credit
  • TPC - Transition Planning Committee

U-V

  • UAP - University Affiliated Program
  • UCPA - United Cerebral Palsy, http://www.ucp.org
  • UFAS - United Federal Access Standards
  • VG - Virtual Gateway
  • VNA - Visiting Nurses Association
  • VOR - Voice of the Retarded, http://www.vor.net/

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Note: If there are any other common acronyms you would like to suggest, contact us at: DDS.info@state.ma.us.

 


This information is provided by the Department of Developmental Services.