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Transition Alphabet Soup!  What do these acronyms mean?

ABLE Account
Savings accounts for people with disabilities which allow them to keep benefits.

ACL Administration on Community Living
Maximizes independence for people with disabilities and older adults.

ADA Americans with Disabilities Act 
The civil rights law that prevents discrimination against people with disabilities.

ADL Activities of Daily Living 
Everyday tasks people do to live and home and remain independent.

Career / Vocational Assessment 
Tests that measure work-related skills and interests.

CBI: Community Based Instruction 
Teaching skills, such as employment skills, in natural environments.

CIL Centers for Independent Living 
Support community living and independent for people with disabilities.

Competitive Employment 
A job which is paid at the same rate as wages paid to people without disabilities doing similar work.

Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Identify the needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state and work towards systems change to enhance independence.

Disability Rights 
Called Protection and Advocacy in some states, they promote the rights of people with disabilities.

DDS-Division/Department of Disability Services 
Provides information/referral to services for individuals with disabilities.

DHS-Department of Human Services
Protects health and wellbeing by providing essential human services, especially for vulnerable populations.

Dual Diagnosis 
Refers to someone with co-occurring conditions such and developmental disability and mental illness, or mental illness and substance use.

DVR-Division of Vocational and Rehabilitative Services
Helps people with disabilities prepare for or maintain employment.

Group Home 
Where people who are unrelated and need care live together, however this is not truly community based as people are grouped based on their condition.

A legal process in which someone else makes decisions for an adult; although this used to be widely accepted, it takes away the rights of the individual and supported decision-making is preferred.

Home Care 
Care required in the home to maintain someone in their community, rather than institutional care.

HIPAA-Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 
Protects private health information.

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 
Federal special education law.

IEP: Individualized Education Program 
The student’s educational plan which includes supports and services.

IEP Team 
The team which includes parents and child study that develops the IEP.

Independent Living 
Living like nondisabled peers with the ability to make decisions and choose activities.

IPE Individualized Plan for Employment  
The job-related plan for employment and services need to reach employment goals.

Job Coach 
Assists individuals with disabilities to learn or keep a job.

Job Training 
Prepares people with disabilities for employment.

Public health coverage for low income or people with disabilities.

Public health coverage for people with disabilities or those over 65.

PASS Plan for Achieving Self-Support
A savings plan for people with disabilities to reach a work goal.

Pre-employment skills training to help people with disabilities get a job.

Pre-ETS Pre-Employment Transition Services
Provided to prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 
Prohibits disability discrimination and provides services such as training for independent living.

Being able to communicate needs and access services.

Making decisions, setting goals, and self-advocacy.

Sheltered Workshop 
Employs people with disabilities separately from others and pays below minimum wage.

SGA Substantial Gainful Activity
The level of work of non-disabled peers.

SNT Special/Supplemental Needs Trust  
A savings plan that allows people with disabilities to maintain benefits.

Social Security 
Assists retirees, survivors, and people with disabilities.

SSDI Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) 
Disability benefits based on a work history.

SSI Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
Cash assistance for people with disabilities who are not gainfully employed.

Supported Employment 
Helps people with disabilities with supports to obtain inclusive/competitive employment.

Moving from school to adult life which includes health care, work, and independent living.

Transition Services
Plans what a student with disabilities wants to do post-school.

Work Incentives
Working while receiving disability benefits.