Acronym Decoder


ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ACS Administration for Children’s Services
ACCES-VR Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD    Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL Activities of Daily Living
AES Adaptive Equipment Specialist
AFC Advocates for Children
AHRC Association for the Help of Retarded Children
AS Asperger Syndrome
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
AT Assistive Technology


BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BOCES Board of Cooperative Educational Services


CAB   Consumer Advisory Board
CAH  Care at Home
CAP Client Assistance Program
CAPD  Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CARE Consumer/Advocate Review and Evaluation
CBO  Community-Based Organization
CBVH Commission for the Blind & Visually Handicapped
CCSI Coordinated Children's Services Initiatives
CCRR Child Care Resource and Referral
CDOS Career Development and Occupational Studies (Credential)
CEC Council for Exceptional Children
CFS Children and Family Services
CHIP Children's Health Insurance Program
CHP  Child Health Plus
CI Community Inclusion
CP Cerebral Palsy
CPA Child Protective Agency
CPEP   Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
CPP  Community partnership Program
CPSE  Committee on Preschool Special Education
CQCAPD  Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
CR Community Residence
CRP Children's Residential Program
CSE Committee on Special Education
CSP Community Services Plan
CSW   Certified Social Worker
CTE   Career and Technical Education


DA  Developmental Aid
DC Developmental Center
DD    Developmental Disabilities
DDP Developmental Disabilities Profile
DDPC Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
DDSO  Developmental Disabilities Service Office
DFA Department of Family Assistance
DL Dual Language
DME Durable Medical Equipment
DOH Department of Health (NYS)
DOHMH Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (NYC)
DQA  Division of Quality Assurance
DT  Day Treatment


EAP  Employee Assistance Program
ECDC  Early Childhood Direction Center
EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EI Early Intervention
EIS  Environmental Impact Statement
ELL English Language Learner
ESL English as a second language
EMOD   Environmental Modification
EPSDT  Early Periodic Screening & Diagnostic Treatment Program
ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act


FA Family Assistance
FAPE  Free Appropriate Public Education
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FBA   Functional Behavior Assessment
FC  Family Care
FERPA Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
FFC  Foster Family Care
FOIL Freedom of Information Law
FRC Family Resource Center
FSS  Family Support Services



HCBSW Home & Community Based Services Waiver
HCRA Health Care Reform Act
HHS Health and Human Services
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HUD  Housing and Urban Development


ICT Information & Communication Technology
ICF Intermediate Care Facility
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Program
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ILC  Independent Living Center
ID Intellectual Disability
IRA Individualized Residential Alterative
IRWE Impairment Related Work Expense
ISE Individualized Service Environment
ISP Individualized Service Plan
ISPM Individual Services Planning Model
ISS Individual Support Services
ISS Information Support Services
ITT  Interdisciplinary Treatment Team
IUR   Independent Utilization Review
IWRP  Individual Written Rehabilitation Plan




LD   Learning Disability
LDA   Learning Disability Association
LDANYS Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
LRE Least Restrictive Environment


MA Medicaid
MW Medicaid Waiver
MRDDAC Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council


NECTAC National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
NIH National Institutes of Health
NICHCY National dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NIMH  National Institute of Mental Health
NOD Notice of Determination
NP  Nurse Practitioner
NYSARC New York State Association for Retarded Citizens
NYSSAC  New York State Society for Autistic Citizens


OAPWD Office of the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
OASAS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
OCFS  Office of Children and Family Services
OEOD Office of Equal Opportunity Development
OFT Governor’s Office for Technology
OHCDS Organized Health Care Delivery System 
OMH Office of Mental Health (NYS)
OPWDD  Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
OSEP  Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services
OT Occupational Therapy
OTDA Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (NYS)


PA   Physician’s Assistant
PA Public Assistance
PASS  Plan for Achieving Self Support
PCP Person Centered Planning
PCSS  Plan of Care Support Services
PLP Present Level of Performance  
PSA  Protective Services for Adults
PT Physical Therapy
PWS Prader-Willi Syndrome


QA Quality Assurance


RBITU  Regional Behavioral Intensive Treatment Uni
RSA Related Service Authorization
RSE-TASC Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center
RSFO Revenue Support Field Office
RSVP  Retired Senior Volunteer Program
RTI   Response to Intervention


SACC Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential
SC Service Coordinator
SCANS State Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills
SCIP Strategies for Crisis Intervention & Prevention
SD Self Determination
SED   State Education Department (NYS)
SESIS Special Education Student Information System
SETSS Special Education Teacher Support Services
SI    Special Instruction
SILC Statewide Independent Living Council
SLP Speech/Language Pathology
SMP Strategic Management Plan
SNT Supplemental Needs Trust
SOCR State Operated Community Residence
SODH  State Operated Day Habilitation
SP Speech Pathology
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI  Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
ST  Speech Therapy


TANF  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion (new GED)
TASH   The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
TBI  Traumatic Brain Injury
TDD Telephone Device for the Deaf
TLC Transition Linkage Coordinator
TRAID Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
TTY Teletypewriter


UCPA United Cerebral Palsy Association
UDL Universal Design for Learning


VOCR Voluntary Operated Community Residence


WIC  Women, Infants, Children


YAI Young Adult Institute


ZTT   Zero to Three – National Center for Infants, Toddlers, & Families
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