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AANE Asperger's Association of New England
ABA Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABC Autism Behavior Checklist
ABI Adaptive Behavior Inventory
AC Autistic Cousin (see "COUSIN") Autistics and Cousins
ACCESS Autistic Continuum Connections, Education, and Support Site.
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AITAdvanced Individual Training
AIT Auditory Integration Therapy, Alternative Learning Experience.
ALJ Administrative Law Judge
Autism Network International,
ANI-L The listserv (mailing list) for Autism Network International,
APD Auditory Processing Disorder
APE Adaptive Physical Education,
ARD Admission, Review, Dismissal (used in Texas),
AS Asperger's Syndrome (DSM IV 299.80)
AS Autistic Spectrum
ASA Autism Society of America
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
ASI Autism Society of Illinois
ASPEN of America - Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc., National
ASPEN of New Jersey (not affiliatied with ASPEN of America.
ASPEN Asperger Syndrome Parent Education Network.
ASPIE A person with Asperger's Syndrome (informal, don't use unless sure
it won't offend)
BBRS Burks' Behavior Rating Scale.
BD Behavioral Disorder.
BD/ED Behavior Disordered Emotionally Disturbed.
BIC Behavior Improvement Class.
BIP Behavior Improvement Plan.
BMP Behavior Management Plan.
BOCES Board Of Cooperative Educational Services.
BP Bi-Polar (formerly called "manic-depressive")
BTW "By The Way".
CAN Cure Autism Now - advocacy organization.
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
CARD Center for Autism and Related Disorders (used in Maryland)
CARD Committee for Admission,Review, Dismissal (used in Texas)
CARD Committee for Autism and Related Disabilities (used in Florida)
CARS Childhoold Autism Rating Scale (diagnostic and evaluation tool)
CD Conduct Disorder.
CNS Central Nervous System.
COSAC Center for Outreach and Services for the Autistic Community (New
COTA Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
COUSIN Someone who has some autistic-spectrum characteristics to the extent
that he/she can identify with autistic folks even if not formally diagnosed.
CP Cerebral Palsy.
CPS Canadian Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialities.
CPS Child Protective Services.
CSE Committee for Special Education (called "MDT" in some states)
CST Child Study Team.
CVPD Central Vision Processing Disorder.
CYA California Youth Authority.
DAN Defeat Autism Now! (organizational site at http://www.autism.com/ari/dan.html)
DAS Differential Abilities Scales.
DCD Development Coordination Disorder
DD Development Disorder.
DD Developmental Disabilities.
DH Developmentally Handicapped.
DHS Department of Human Services
DMG Dimethyl Glycine.
A triple inoculation given to kids: Diptheria, Pertussis (whooping cough),
DR Disability Rights.
DREDF Disability Rights Education Defense Fund.
DSM Diagnostic Statistical Manual - enormous industry-standard catalogue
of medical diagnoses.
DSM-IV Diagnostic Statistical Manual (edition IV) - the current version
of this publication.
DSMR Diagnostic Statistical Manual (Revised) - preceded DSM-IV.
DTVMI Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration.
EBD Emotional Behavioral Disorder.
ECSE Early Childhood Special Education.
ECT ElectroConvulsive Therapy (electroshock)
ED Emotionally Disturbed.
EEG . ElectroEncephaloGram (basically, a graph of brain-wave activity)
EFD Executive Functioning Disorder.
EI Early Intervention.
EIBI Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention.
EKG ElectroCardioGram (basically, a graph of the heart's electrical activity)
EPD Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization (say this one right the first try
& win a prize!)
EPSDT Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment.
ESD Educational Service District.
ESE Exceptional Student Education.
ESL English as a Second Language.
ESY Extended School Year.
EYSD Extended Year Special Ed.
F2F "Face to Face".
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education.
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions (an info sheet in Q&A format)
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
FDA Food and Drug Administration.
FERPA Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FNS Fuzzy Neuron Syndrome (associated with FADD)
FOIA Freedom Of Information Act.
FWIW "For What It's Worth".
GAF Global Assessment of Functioning scale.
GT Get Together.
HFA High Functioning Autism (defined as autism occurring without mental
retardation, e.g. w/ IQ 70 or higher)
HH Hard of Hearing.
HMO Health Medical Organization.
HSLDA Home School Legal Defense Organization.
IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
ICDM A book (used by health insurors for billing purposes) which classifies
diseases by numbers.
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
IEP Individual Education Plan.
IFLACA "I Feel Like A Complete Ass" (used as an apology)
IIRC "If I Recall Correctly".
IME Independent Medical Examination.
IMHO "In My Humble Opinion".
IMMV "Individual Mileage May Vary" (meaning "your experiences
might be different".
IMNSHO "In My Not So Humble Opinion".
IMO "In My Opinion".
IMVHO "In My Very Humble Opinion".
InLv Independent Living (support group)
IOW "In Other Words"
IQ Intelligence Quotient.
IRB Institutional Review Board\tab
IRCA Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
ISP Internet Service Provider.
IU Intermediate Unit (used in PA)
LD Learning Disability.
LEA Local Education Agency.
LFA Low-Functioning Autism (defined as autism occurring with mental retardation,
e.g. w/ IQ lower than 70)
LLD Language-based Learning Disability.
LMK "Let Me Know".
LOL "Laugh Out Loud" -- "Laughing Out Loud".
LOL "Lots Of Love" (used as a closing phrase in correspondence)
LOLROFL "Laughing Out Loud, Roll On Floor".
LRE Least Restrictive Environment (phrase used in IDEA)
M-D Manic Depression (now called bipolar depression)
MAAP More Able Autistic Persons (support group)
MBD Minimum Brain Dysfunction.
MDLC Maryland Disability Law Center.
MDO Major Depressive Disorder.
MDT Multi-Disciplinary Team (called "CSE" in some states)
MFC Marriage and Family Counselor.
MFCC Marriage, Family, and Child Counsellor.
MFE Multi-Factored Evaluation.
MMR Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccination.
MPD Multiple Personality Disorder.
MR Mental Retardation, Mentally Retarded (IQ less than 70)
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
NAAR National Alliance for Autism Research.
NACD National Academy of Child Development.
NBAC National Bioethics Advisory Commission.
NDA Not Diagnosed with Anything (informal usage)
NICHCY National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.
NIH National Institute for Health.
NOD Not Otherwise Diagnosed.
NORD National Organization for Rare Disorders.
NOS Not of Specific Origin.
NOS Not Otherwise Specified, usually seen as
NP "No Problem".
NPD Normal Person Disorder (used jokingly)
NPND National Parent Network on Disabilities.
NS Noonan's Syndrome.
NT Neurologically Typical (no diagnosible neurological disorder)
NT Neurotypical (no diagnosible neurological disorder)
NVLD Non-Verbal Learning Disability.
NYD Not Yet Diagnosed (informal usage)
NYS New York State.
OAAC Office of Advocacy for Autistic Children.
OASIS On-line Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support (organizational
site at http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger)
OB Specific to.
OCB Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
OCR Office of Civil Rights.
ODD Oppositional-Defiant Disorder.
ODE Oregon Department of Education.
OHI Other Health Impaired.
OIC "Oh, I See".
OPM Other People's Money.
OPM Over-Protective Mom.
ORS Office of Rehabilitation Services.
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs (located Washington, DC).
OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
OT Occupational Therapist.
OT Occupational Therapy.
OTOH "On The Other Hand".
OVR Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
P&A Protection & Advocacy.
PA Parents' Auxiliary.
PANDAS Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorder Associated with Strep.
PAVE Parents Are Vital in Education.
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
PDR Physician's Desk Reference.
PET Positron Emission Tomography.
PITA "Pain In The Ass".
PK Psychokinesis (moving things with the mind, a form of ESP)
POHI Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired.
POV Point Of View.
PPO Preferred Physician Organization.
PPO Preferred Provider Option.
PPS Poor Parenting Syndrome.
PPS Pupil Personnel Services.
PQ Performance IQ.
PRT Pivotal Response Training.
PT Physical Therapist.
PT Physical Therapy.
PTIC Parent Training and Information Center.
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PwD People with Disabilities.
Q&A Question-and-Answer, generally referring to a document format.
RL Real Life.
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing".
ROFLMAO "ROFL My Arse Off".
ROFLSHCT . "Rolling On the Floor Laughing So Hard Can't Type".
RPITB "Royal Pain In The Butt".
S&LP Speech and Language Pathologist.
SAD Seasonal Affective Disorder (aka "Wintertime Depression")
SAHM Stay-At-Home Mom.
SD School District.
SED Severe Emotional Disorder.
SED Severely Emotionally Disturbed.
SELPA Special Education Local Plan Area (used in CA)
SERRC Special Educational Regional Recourse Center.
SI Sensory Integration.
SIAT Society for Integrative Auditory Training.
SIB Self-Injurious Behavior.
SIPT Sensory Integration and Praxis Text
SLK Severely Labeled Kid.
SLP Speech and Language Pathologist.
SM Selective Mutism.
SNT Special Needs Trust.
SSD Social Security Disability.
SSI Supplemental Security Income.
SSRI Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (class of meds, incl: Prozac,
Zoloft, Praxil, Luvox.)
SST Student Study Team (used in CA)
STRANS Survey of Teenage Readiness And Neurodevelopmental Status.
SULP Social Use of Langauge Programme.
SVSU Southern Vermont Supervisory Union.
TEACCH Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Disorders.
TIC "Tongue In Cheek".
TKD Tae Kwon Do (a martial arts discipline)
TLA Three-Letter Acronym.
TLS Transitional Living Services - sort of a halfway-house organization.
TOM Theory of Mind.
TOPL Test of Pragmatic Language.
TS Tourette's Syndrome.
TSS Therapeutic Support Staff.
TTFN "Ta-Ta For Now!".
TTYL "Talk To You Later".
TTYS "Talk To You Soon".
UK United Kingdom ("England," to Americans)
USPDI .United States Prescription Drug Information.
VAERs Vaccine Adverse Experience Reports (published by FDA).
VCF syndrome Vera-Cardio-Facial syndrome.
VP Virtual Party.
VPIC Vermont Parent Information Center.
VQ Verbal IQ.
VR Vocational Rehabilitation.
WAIS Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (an IQ test)
WDW Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL.)
WIIA . Work Incentives Initiative Act.
WISC Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (an IQ test)
WNA Word Nitpickers Anonymous.
WTG "Way To Go!".
YMMV "Your Mileage May Vary" (meaning, individual experiences
could be different)
YO Year Old.