List of DDS Acronyms and their definitions.
ABI Acquired Brain Injury
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD/ADHD  Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADOS Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
AFO Ankle-Foot Orthosis
A/N Abuse and Neglect
AO  Age Out
APRN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
APPROPS Appropriations Committee
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder  (also American School for the Deaf)
AT Assistive Technology
B23 Birth-To-Three
BESB Board of Education & Services for the Blind
BOE Board of Education
BPR Biannual Performance Report
BRS Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
DDS’ internal client database, Connecticut Automated Mental Retardation Information System (also eCAMRIS)
CBA Curriculum Based Assessment
CCH Community Companion Home
CDI Child Development Infoline
CEP Community Experience Program
CLA Community Living Arrangement (Group Home)
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (federal)
CO Central Office of DDS
COTA Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
CP Cerebral Palsy
CPAC CT Parent Advocacy Center
CSHCN Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSPD Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
CTH Community Training Home
DAS Department of Administrative Services
DCF Department of Children and Families
DD Developmental Disabilities
DDS Department of Developmental Services (formerly DMR)
DMHAS Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
DMR Department of Mental Retardation (DDS as of 10-1-07)
DPH Department of Public Health
DSO Day Support Options
DSS Department of Social Services
EC Early Connections
EMS Eligibility Management System
ERISA Employee Retirement Income Security Act
ESY Extended School Year
FAP Follow Along Plan
FAPE Free, Appropriate, Public Education
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FEA Fetal Alcohol Effects
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FI Fiscal Intermediary
FICS Family & Individual Consultative Service (private broker)
FSC Family Support Council
FSN Family Support Network
FSW  Family Support Workers
GH Group Home (also CLA)
GSE Group Supported Employment
HCBS Home & Community Based Services
HCFA Health Care Finance Administration (now CMS)
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HRC Human Rights Committee
HSC Human Services Committee
HUSKY Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth
ICC Interagency Coordinating Council
ICF/IID (formerly ICF/MR) Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (formerly ICF/MR)
ID Intellectual Disability
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDT Interdisciplinary Team
IEP Individualized Education Program
IES Integrated Eligibility System
IFS Individual and Family Supports
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
IHS Individualized Home Supports (Previously SL or ISHab)
IL Independent Living
IP Individual Plan
IPS Individual Plan Short Form
IPT Temporary Individual Plan Short Form
IS Individual Supports
ISA Individual Support Agreement
ISHab Individual Supports Habilitation
LD  Learning Disability
LEA Local Education Agency
LICC Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LON Level of Need assessment tool
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
LTC Long Term Care
MIR Management Information Report
MMIS Medicaid Management Information System
MOA Memorandum of Agreement (between agencies or parties)
MOU Memorandum of Understanding (between agencies or parties)
NR North Region of DDS
Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (the set of rules enacted in the  federal budget act covering nursing facility placement for persons with mental retardation, e.g. OBRA nurse.)
OOA Opportunities for Older Adults

Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

OPS Overall Plan of Service (now IP)
OSEP Office of Special Education Programs
OT Occupational Therapy/Therapist
P&A Protection and Advocacy
PAR Programmatic Administrative Review
PATH Parents Available To Help
PCA Personal Care Attendant
PDD/NOS Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified
PECS Picture Exchange Communication System
PHC Public Health Committee
PMT Physical/Psychological Management Training
PPT Planning and Placement Team
PRAT Planning & Resource Allocation Team
PRC Program Review Committee
PST Planning and Support Team
PT Physical Therapy/Therapist
PTA Physical Therapy Assistant
QA/QI  Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement
QIDP(formerly QMRP) Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional
QM Quality Management
QSR Quality Service Review or Quality System Review
RAC Regional Advisory Council (or Advisory & Planning Council)
RCH Residential Care Home (formerly Home for the Aged)
RN Registered Nurse
SAC Self Advocate Coordinator
SDE State Department of Education
SEI Supported Employment (Individual)
SERC Special Education Resource Center
SNF Skilled Nursing Facility
SL Supported Living
SLA Supported Living Arrangement
SLP Speech & Language Pathologist
SR South Region of DDS
SSA Social Security Administration
SSDI Social Security Disability Insurance
SSI Supplemental Security Income
STS Southbury Training School
TBI  Traumatic Brain Injury
Treatment Education of Autistic and Related Communication for Handicapped Children
URR  Utilization Resource Review
VSP Voluntary Services Program
WR  West Region of DDS