Acronyms 

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Syndromes & Conditions

AD : Alzheimer's Disease
ADD : Attention Deficit Disorder. The term ADD is usually referring to ADHD (a subtype which includes hyperactivity). ADD without hyperactivity is also known as ADD/WO (Without) or Undifferentiated ADD.
ADD-RT : ADD that lasts into Adulthood is referred to as ADD-RT (Residual Type).
AIDS : Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
ALS : Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
BEH : Behaviorally/Emotionally Handicapped
BH : Behaviorally Handicapped
CAPD : Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CCD : Considerable Conduct Disorder
CCHS : Congential Central Hypoventilation Syndrome
CDGS : Carbohydrate Deficient Glycoprotein Syndrome
CFS : Chronic fatigue syndrome
CHD : Congenital Heart Disease.
CHD : Congenital Hip Dysplasia
CMV : Cytomegalovirus Infection
CP : Cerebral Palsy
DD : Developmentally Delayed
DEF : deaf
DH : Developmentally Handicapped (used in some areas instead of DD)
DiG : DiGeorge Syndrome
DS : Down Syndrome
EMH : Educable Mentally Handicapped
EMR : Educable Mentally Retarded
ENS Epidermal Nevus Syndrome.
FAE : Fetal Alcohol Effect
FAS : Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FRAXA : Fragile X Syndrome
GT/LD : Gifted & Learning Disabled
HFA : High Functioning Autism
HIV : Human ImmunoDeficiency Virus
HI : Hearing Impaired (all of us in general)
HOH or HH : Hard Of Hearing
IBD : Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
IED : Intermittent Explosive Disorder
KTW : Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome
LD : Learning Disabilities/Differences
LFA : Low Functioning Autism
LKS : Landau-Kleffler Syndrome - a form of aphasia with seizure-like activity
LP : Little Person/People (Dwarfism)
LPA : Little People of America
MBD : Minimal brain dysfunction (another name AD(H)D has been known by)
MCS : Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
MD : Muscular dystrophy
MIDD or MC : middle child (late deafened or hard of hearing AFTER spending life as hearing)
MSDD : Multi-Sensory Developmental Delays
NAS : Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - a term for babies who are born either addicted to or affected by drugs
NDA : No Diagnosis of Anything
NLD : Nonverbal Learning Disability
NTD : Neural Tube Defect
OCD : Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
ODD : Oppositional Defiant Disorder
PDD : Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDD/NOS : Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified
PVL : PeriVentricular Leukomalacia
PW : Port-Wine Stain
RSD : Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (a trauma induced neurological condition of autonomic nervous system - extremely disabling)
ROP : Retinpathy of Prematurity. A condition in which blood vessels which should grow across the back of the eye actually grow forward.
SIDS : Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIS : Shaken Infant Syndrome
SMA : Spinal Muscular Atrophy
SWS : Sturge-Weber Syndrome
TMH : Trainable Mentally Handicapped
TMR : Trainable Mentally Retarded
TBI : Traumatic Brain Injury
TEF : Tracheo Esophogeal Fistula
TS : Tourette Syndrome
VCFS : Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome
VSD : Ventral Septal Defect
 

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Acronyms for Associations

AAMR : American Association on Mental Retardation
ACDS : Association for Children with Down Syndrome
ACMG : American College of Medical Genetics.
ADFL : Association of Departments of Foreign languages
ADSA : The Australian Down Syndrome Association Inc.
APA : American Psychiatric Association
ASA : Autism Society of America
ATA : Alliance for Technology Access
BAMH : The Burnaby Association for the Mentally Handicapped
BCACL : British Columbia Association for Community Living
CACL : Canadian Association for Community Living
CADRE : Coalition Advocating for Disability Reform In Education
CANDLE : Childhood Aphasia,Neurological Disorders, Landau-Klefner, and Epilepsy.
CCBD : Council for Children with Behaviour Disorders
CCD : Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
CDSS : Canadian Down Syndrome Society
CHADD : CHildren & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
CHDD : Center on Human Development and Disability
CLIMB : Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
CRC : Clinical Research Center
DD Council : Developmental Disabilities Council (Each state has one)
DSAQ : The Down Syndrome Association of Queensland
DSAMT : Down Syndrome Association of Metropolitan Toronto
FICC : Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
IRSA : International Rett Syndrome Association
LDA : Learning Disabilities Association
LICC : Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LINC : Learning Independence Through Computers, Inc.
MUMS : Mothers United for Moral Support - support group
NADDC : National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils
NADS : National Association for Down Syndrome
NEA : National Education Association
NEC*TAS : National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Systems
NDSC : National Down Syndrome Congress
NDSS : National DS Society
NIC : National Information Clearinghouse for Infants with Disabilities and Life-Threatening Conditions.
NORD : National Organization for Rare Disorders
NPIN : National Parent Information Network
NPND : National Parent Network on Disabilities (advocates in DC)
NPPSIS : National Parent to Parent Support & Information Systems, Inc.
NRSI : National Reading Styles Institute
NTID : National Technical Institute for the Deaf
OCR : Office of Civil Rights
OEA : Overseas Education Association
ODS : Orton Dyslexia Society
PHP : Parents Helping Parents
PLAN : Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
PTI : Parent Training and Information Centers (Each State has at least one)
SICC : State Interagency Coordinating Council
SWF : Sturge-Weber Foundation
TASK : Team of Advocates for Special Kids
VRAMHP : Vancouver-Richmond Assoc. for Mentally Handicapped People

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Educational Acronyms

ABE : Adult Basic Education
AER : Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
AHEAD : Association for Higher Education and Disability
DOE : Department of Education
FAFSA : Financial Application for Federal Student Aid
Federation : Federation for Children with Special Needs
GPA :  Grade Point Average
IDEA : Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP : Individualized Education Plan (school)
LRE : Least Restricted Environment
MAAPS : Massachusetts Association of 766-Approved Private Schools
MABE : Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education
OJT : On-the-Job Training OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OSERS : United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services
PAC : Parent Advisory Committee
PTO : Parent Teacher Organization
SAT : Scholastic Achievement Testing
SEOG :  Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
SpEd : Special Education
SpEd PAC : Special Education Parent Advisory Committee
UAP : University-Affiliated Program

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MA and Government Acronyms

DET : Department of Employment and Training
DMH : Department of Mental Health
DMR : Department of Mental Retardation
DOE : Department of Education
DOL : Department of Labor
DPH : Department of Public Health
DPW : Department of Public Welfare
DSS : Department of Social Services
DYS : Department of Youth Services
EOEA : Executive Office of Economic Affairs
EOHHS : U.S. Executive Office of Health and Human Services
EOHS : Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services 
MGL : Massachusetts General Laws
MAC : Massachusetts Advocacy Center
MATP : Massachusetts Assistive Technology Partnership
MBTA : Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
MCB : Massachusetts Commlssion for the Blind
MCCD : Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
MCDHH : Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
MDDC : Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
MDOC : Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
MHFA : Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency
MOD : Massachusetts Office on Disability
MORR : Massachusetts Office of Refugee Resettlement
MRC : Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
MTI : Massachusetts Transition Initiative
OFC : Office For Children
OHA : State Office of Handicapped Affairs
RSA : Rehabilitation Services Administration
SAC : State Advisory Council
SSA : Social Security Administration
SSDI : Supplemental Security Disability Income
SSI : Supplemental Security Income

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Miscellaneous Acronyms

ABA : Applied Behavior Analysis
ACOA : Adult Children of Alcoholics
ACs : Autistics and Cousins
ADA : The Americans with Disabilities Act
ADL : Activities of Daily Living
AFO : Ankle - Foot Orthotics
AIT : Auditory Integrated Training
ASL : American Sign Language
BASC : Basic Assessment System for Children
BMP : Behavior Management Plan
DO-IT : Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
CAT Scan : Computer Axial Tomography - a scan using an xray machine linked to a computer that produces a scan in cross sections
COA : Children of Alcoholics
CSHCN : Children with Special Health Care Needs - a list
DDHEALTH : Health Issues for People with Developmental Disabilities - a list
DMG : DiMethyl Glycine
DNR : Do Not Resuscitate
DSPS : Disabled Students' Programs and Services
DX : Diagnosis
EASe : Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect
EASI : Equal Access To Software And Information
ECG : ElectroCardioGram - records electrical activity in the heart
ECS : Early Childhood Services
EEG : ElectroEncephaloGram - records electrical activity in the brain
EI : Early Intervention
FC : Facilitated Communication
FSP : Family Support Plan
FES : Functional Electrical Stimulation or
FNS : Functional Neuromuscular Stimulation (also see TES & TENS)
IDEA : Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
IEP : Individual Education Plan
ITD : Information and Technology for the Disabled Complete Journal
LP : Little Person/People (Dwarfism)
LPA : Little People of America
MAO : monoamin oxidase inhibitors - a type of antidepressant
MAPS : McGill Action Planning System - a futures planning system for children.
MBTI : Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
MRI : Magnetic Resonance Imaging
OT : Occupational Therapist
PCA : Personal Care Attendant
PECS : Picture Exchange Communication System
PET Scan : Postronic Emission Tomography (a nuclear scan that measures blood flow in brain, heart etc.)
PT : Physical Therapist
PM&R : Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
RSP : Resource Specialist Program
SERT: Special Education Resource Teacher
SI : Sensory Integration
SLP : Speech Language Pathologist
SLT : Speech Language Therapist
SPED : Special Education - also used in refering to a Special Ed Teacher
SSRI : Selective Serotine Reuptake Inhibitor - antidepressant medication includes Prozac, Paxal or Zoloft
TA : Technical Assistance
TEACCH : Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped CHildren
TES : Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation or
TES : Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation
TENS : Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
TNI : Targeted Nutritional Intervention
TRIP : Translating Research into Practice - a teaching/learning strategy

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Common Net Acronyms

Emoticons 

Emoticons (emotional icons) are used to compensate for the inability to convey voice inflections, facial expressions, and bodily gestures in written communication. Some emoticons are better known as "smileys." Emoticons can be very effective toward avoiding misinterpretation of the writer's intents. 

:) or :-) Expresses happiness, sarcasm, or joke 
:( or :-( Expresses unhappiness 
:] or :-] Expresses jovial happiness 
:[ or :-[ Expresses despondent unhappiness 
:D or :-D Expresses jovial happiness 
:I or :-I Expresses indifference 
:-/ or :-\ Indicates undicided, confused, or skeptical. Also :/ or :\. 
:Q or :-Q Expresses confusion 
:S or :-S Expresses incoherence or loss of words 
:@ or :-@ Expresses shock or screaming 
:O or :-O Indicates surprise, yelling or realization of an error ("uh oh!") 


Acronyms 

AAMOF as a matter of fact 
AOL America On Line
BBFN bye bye for now 
BFN bye for now 
BTW by the way 
BYKT but you knew that 
CMIIW correct me if I'm wrong 
EOL end of lecture 
ETLA Extended Three Letter Acronym
FAQ frequently asked question(s) 
FITB fill in the blank 
FWIW for what it's worth 
FYI for your information 
HTH hope this helps 
IAC in any case 
IAE in any event 
ICL in Christian love 
IMCO in my considered opinion 
IMHO in my humble opinion 
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion 
IMO in my opinion 
IRC Internet Relay Chat
IOW in other words 
LOL lots of luck or laughing out loud 
MGB may God bless 
MHOTY my hat's off to you 
NRN no reply necessary 
NTMK Not to My Knowledge
OIC oh, I see 
OTOH on the other hand 
ROF rolling on the floor 
ROFL rolling on the floor laughing 
ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing 
RSN real soon now 
RTFM Read the Flipping Manual
SITD still in the dark 
TIA thanks in advance 
TIC tongue in cheek 
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TTYL talk to you later 
TYVM thank you very much 
URL Universal/Uniform Reference/Resource Locator  (web page address)
WWW World Wide Web
WYSIWYG what you see is what you get 
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
<G> Grinning 
<J> Joking 
<L> Laughing 
<S> Smiling 
<Y> Yawning 

Also see Glossary of Internet Terms

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