Abbreviations and Acronyms

Communication is difficult when abbreviations and acronyms are used too frequently with people unfamiliar with the field of developmental disabilities. Here are many of those that relate to North Carolina services and organizations.

General Abbreviations and Acronyms
Government Agencies and Entities
Advocacy and General Organizations
University Affiliated Organizations

General Abbreviations and Acronyms

ABA               applied behavior analysis
ABI                 acquired brain injury
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADVP adult developmental vocational program
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
AT assistive technology
BIP  behavior intervention plan
CAP-MR/DD Community Alternatives Program for Persons with Mental Retardation and other Developmental Disabilities
CC   closed captioned
CDC   child development center
CP cerebral palsy
CSLA  community supported living arrangements
DD developmental disabilities
DSA designated state agency
ECI early childhood intervention
EPSDT early & periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment
ESY extended school year
FAPE   free and appropriate public education
FAS fetal alcohol syndrome
FMLA Family Medical Leave Act
FPL federal poverty level
HCBS home and community based services
HMO health maintenance organization
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
I/DD individual with intellectual or other developmental disabilities
IAEP interim alternative education placement
ICF-MR/DD intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded/developmental disabilities
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP individualized education program
IFC individual family care
IFP individual family plan
IFSP individualized family services plan
IHP individualized habilitation plan
IPRS integrated payment and reporting system (DMH/DD/SAS)
IRWE impairment related work expense
IST  individual service team
IWRP  individualized written rehabilitation program
LD learning disability
LOE level of eligibility
LOC level of care
LRE least restrictive environment
MA medical assistance
MAPC medical assistance personal care program
MD muscular dystrophy
MFIAA Money Follows the Individual Accountability Act
MH mental health
MR mental retardation
MS multiple sclerosis
NCAC  North Carolina Administrative Code
NCGS North Carolina General Statute (state law)
NCLB No Child Left Behind
NC-SNAP NC support needs assessment profile
OT occupational therapy
PDD pervasive developmental disorder
P & A protection and advocacy
PACT Parents & Children Together (or Parent & Child Training)
PART B Preschool Program under PL 99-457 for 3 And 4 Year Olds
PART H Infant, Toddler Program under PL 99-457 for Children Birth to 3 Years Old
PCP person centered plan
P.L. public law (federal law)
PNS projects of national significance
PPO preferred provider organization
PT physical therapy
QA/QI quality assurance/quality improvement
QDDP qualified developmental disabilities professional
QMRP qualified mental retardation professional
R&D Resource and Development Committee
RFA  request for applications
RFP request for proposal
RT/TR Recreation therapy/therapeutic recreation
SA special assistance
SSBG Social Services Block Grant
SE supported employment
SIS support intensity scale
SL supported living
SSI supplemental security income
SSDI social security disability insurance
TBI traumatic brain injury
TDD telecommunication device for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing
TTY teletext device typewriter
TS   tourette syndrome or tuberous sclerosis
UCR unit cost rate reimbursement
UM utilization management
UR utilization review
VR vocational rehabilitation
VRS video relay service

Government Agencies and Entities

ACYF Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
ADD Administration on Developmental Disabilities
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (formerly known as HCFA)
CDSA Child’s Developmental Services Agency
CFAC Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (within NC DHHS)
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program (federal)
DCD  Division of Child Development (within NC DHHS)
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DMA Division of Medical Assistance (within NC DHHS)
DMH/DD/SAS  Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse
Services (within NC DHHS)
DOC Department of Correction
DPH  Division of Public Health (within NC DHHS)
DPI Department of Public Instruction
DSB Division of Services for the Blind (within NC DHHS)
DSDHH Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (within NC DHHS)
DRNC Disability Rights North Carolina
DSS Division of Social Services (state agency) (within NC DHHS), Department of Social Services (county agency)
DVRS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (within NC DHHS)
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
GACCY Governor's Advocacy Council on Children and Youth
HFCA Health Care Finance Administration (now called Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-CMS)
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council (for IDEA, Birth-5)
LEA Local Education Agency
LICC Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LME Local Management Entity
LOC   Legislative Oversight Committee (MH/DD/SAS)
NCATP North Carolina Assistive Technology Project
NCCDD North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
NCCHI North Carolina Council for the Hearing Impaired
OAH Office of Administrative Hearings
ODEP Office of Disability Employment Policy
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs (U.S.)
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
OSHA Occupational Safety/Health Administration
SCHIP State Children's Health Insurance Program (federal)
SILC State Independent Living Council
SSA Social Security Administration
WCH Women’s and Children’s Health

Advocacy and General Organizations

AAIDD American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formally
known as AAMR)
ACCEPT Advocacy Center for Children's Education and Parent Training
ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
AMI Alliance for the Mentally Ill
APSE Association for Persons in Supported Employment
Arc of NC formerly The ARC or Association for Retarded Citizens of NC
ASANC Association of Self-Advocates of NC
ASNC Autism Society of North Carolina
BIANC Brain Injury Association of NC
CCD Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CIL Center for Independent Living
EANC Epilepsy Association of North Carolina
ECAC Exceptional Children's Assistance Center
FAA Families as Allies (Affiliate of Federation of Families)
FSN Family Support Network
LDA Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina
MDA Muscular Dystrophy Association
NACDD National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAPAS National Association of Protection and Advocacy Services
NASDDDS  National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
NASW  National Association of Social Workers
NCAD North Carolina Association of the Deaf
NCARF North Carolina Association of Rehabilitation Facilities
NCCYH National Information Center for Children and Youth with Handicaps
NCDAN North Carolina Disability Action Network
NCDBA North Carolina Deaf-Blind Associates
NDRN National Disability Rights Network
NICHCY National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities
NIDRR National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
NIH National Institutes of Health
NOD National Organization on Disability
PACER Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center
RWJ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
SBA Spina Bifida Association
UCP United Cerebral Palsy/ Easter Seals of North Carolina

University-Affiliated Organizations

AUCD Association of University Centers on Disabilities
AHEC Area Health Education Center
CDL Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning (UNC-CH)
DDTI Developmental Disabilities Training Institute (UNC-CH)
FPGCDC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center (UNC-CH)
FSN Family Support Network (UNC-CH)
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children
UCEDD University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education