Common Abbreviations

This list was created based on what abbreviations are seen most often. To add or suggest other abbreviations please email

AAC: Assistive Augmentative Communication

ABA: Applied Behavioral Analysis

ABC: Autism Behavior Checklist

ABI: Adaptive Behavior Inventory

ABLE Act: Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

ABLE: Adult Basic Literacy Education

ABLLS: Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills test

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

ADD: Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADOS: Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale

AHCCCS: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

ALTCS: Arizona Long-Term Care Services

ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASPEN: Asperger Syndrome Parent Education Network

ASSA: Autism Society of Southern Arizona

CARD: Center for Autism and Related Disorders

CARS: Childhood Autism Rating Scale

CF: Casein Free

CNS: Central Nervous System

DDD: Division of Developmental Disabilities

DHHS: Department of Health and Human Services

DOH: Department of Health

ECSA: Early Childhood Special Education

EI: Early Intervention

ESA: Empowerment Scholarship Application

ESE: Exceptional Student Education

ESL: English as a Second Language

FAPE: Free Appropriate Public Education

FERPA: Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FSP: Family Support Plan

FSS: Family Support Services

GF: Gluten Free

HFA: High Functioning Autism

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP: Individualized Education Program

IFSP: Individual Family Service Plan

IQ: Intelligence Quotient

LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

OT: Occupational Therapy

PDDNOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified

PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

POA: Power of Attorney

PT: Physical Therapy

SNT: Special Needs Trust

SSA: Social Security Administration

SSDI: Social Security Disability Income

SSI: Supplemental Security Income

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