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ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act


AOTA American Occupational Therapy Association

APA American Psychological Association

APTA American Physical Therapy Association


ASD Autism Spectrum Disorders

ASHA American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASL American Sign Language

AT Assistive Technology

AUCD Association of University Centers on Disabilities (formerly American Association of University Affiliated Programs)

BD Behavioral Disorder

CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder

CEC Council for Exceptional Children


CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (DHHS)

CPS Child Protective Services

CSHCN Children with Special Health Care Needs

CSPD Comprehensive System of Personnel Development

DAP Developmentally appropriate practice

DD Developmental Disability

DEC Division of Early Childhood (of the CEC)

DHHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

DMAS Department of Medical Assistance Services

DBHDS Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

DOE Department of Education

EC Early Childhood

ECSE Early Childhood Special Education

EDGAR Education Department General Administrative Regulations

EI Early Intervention

EIP Early Intervention Program

EPSDT Early Periodic Screening and Diagnosis and Treatment (Medicaid program under 21 years old)

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education

FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

HHS U.S. Department of Human Services

HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HMO Health maintenance organization

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP Individualized Education Program

IFSP Individual Family Service Plan

IHE Institution of Higher Education

LD Learning Disability

LEA Local Education Agency

LICC Local Interagency Coordinating Council

LRE Least Restrictive Environment

MCH Maternal and Child Health

MCHB Maternal and Child Health Bureau (DHHS)

MCO Managed Care Organization

MIMS Monitoring Improvement Measurement System

ID Intellectual Disability

NECTAC National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

NICHCY National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NIH National Institute of Health (DHHS)

NORD National Organization of Rare Disorders

OMB U.S. Office of Management and Budget

OSEP Office of Special Education Programs (in OSERS)

OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)

OT Occupational Therapy

PEATC Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center

PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

PT Physical therapy

QIC Quality Improvement Center (Head Start)

RFP Request for Proposals

SI Sensory Integration

SIP State Improvement Plan

SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

SSA Social Security Administration

SSI Supplemental Security Income

TA Technical assistance

TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (DHHS)

TDD/TTY Telecommunication Device for the Deaf/Teletype

TRICARE Military Health Care System (formerly CHAMPUS)

T/TA Training and Technical Assistance

VDBVI Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired

VDDHH Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

VICC Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council

WIC Women, Infants and Children (Special Supplemental Food Program)



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