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This list collected by: Denise Ullman
last update: August 2000

Please feel free to email me at with any additions you think might be appropriate. I include only a very limited set of the "NET" acronyms, as there are many other "NET" acronym lists out there that contain more than I could ever gather. The few I include are ones that show up frequently.
Acronyms for Syndromes & Conditions
Acronyms for Associations & Organizations
Miscellaneous Acronyms
Common Net Acronyms

Syndromes & Conditions NEXT
AD : Alzheimer's Disease
AD : Attachment Disorder
ADD : Attention Deficit Disorder. Now replaced by AD/HD
AD/HD : The DSM-IV eliminated the diagnosis of ADD and replaced it with AD/HD (for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). The specifiers for subtypes for this disorder are Predominantly Inattentive, Predominantly Hyperactive or Combined..
ADD-RT : ADD that lasts into Adulthood is referred to as ADD-RT (Residual Type).
AHC : Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood
AIDS : Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
ALS : Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
AS : Anklyosing Spondylitis
AS : Asperger's Syndrome (part of the autism spectrum)
BEH : Behaviorally/Emotionally Handicapped
BH : Behaviorally Handicapped
CAPD : Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CCD : Considerable Conduct Disorder
CCHS : Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome
CDGS : Carbohydrate Deficient Glycoprotein Syndrome
CF : Cystic Fibrosis
CFIDS : Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
CFS : Chronic fatigue syndrome
CHARGE : Coloboma, Heart, Atresia of the choanae, Retarded growth & or development, Genital, Ears
CHD : Congenital Heart Disease.
CHD : Congenital Hip Dysplasia
CMV : Cytomegalovirus Infection
CP : Cerebral Palsy
DAS : Developmental Apraxia of Speech
DD : Developmentally Delayed
DEF : Deaf
DH : Developmentally Handicapped (used in some areas instead of DD)
DiG : DiGeorge Syndrome
DS : Down Syndrome
DVD : Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
ED : Emotionally Disturbed
EDS : Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
EMH : Educable Mentally Handicapped
EMR : Educable Mentally Retarded
ENS Epidermal Nevus Syndrome.
FAE : Fetal Alcohol Effect
FAS : Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FMA : Fibromyalgia Syndrome
FMS : Fibromyalgia Syndrome
FRAXA : Fragile X Syndrome
FVS : Fetal Valproate Syndrome
GI : Gastro Intestinal
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
JAS : Juvenile Anklosing Spondylitis
JHD : Juvenile Huntington's Disease
JRA : Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
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)
MS : Multiple Sclerosis
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
OMA : Ocular Motor Apraxia
PDD : Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PDD/NOS : Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified
PPS : Post-Polio Syndrome.
PVL : PeriVentricular Leukomalacia
PW : Port-Wine Stain
RA : Rheumatoid Arthritis
RAD : Reactive Attachment Disorder
RSD : Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (a trauma induced neurological condition of autonomic nervous system - extremely disabling)
ROP : Retinopathy of Prematurity. A condition in which blood vessels which should grow across the back of the eye actually grow forward.
SBS : Shaken Baby Syndrome - also referred to as SIS
SID : Sensory Integrative (or Integration) Dysfunction
SIDS : Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SIS : Shaken Infant Syndrome - also referred to as SBS
SMA : Spinal Muscular Atrophy
SMS : Smith-Magenis Syndrome
SWS : Sturge-Weber Syndrome
TCS : Tethered Cord Syndrome
TMH : Trainable Mentally Handicapped
TMJ/TMD : Temporomandubular Joint Dysfunction
TMR : Trainable Mentally Retarded
TBI : Traumatic Brain Injury
TEF : Tracheo Esophageal Fistula
TS : Tourette Syndrome
VCFS : Velo-Cardio-Facial-Syndrome
VSD : Ventral Septal Defect

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.
AFHC : Association Française de l'Hémiplégie Alternante
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
CEDA : Canadian Ehlers-Danlos Association
CFF : Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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
EDNF : Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation
FICC : Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
HDSA : Huntington's Disease Society of America
IRSA : International Rett Syndrome Association
LDA : Learning Disabilities Association
LICC : Local Interagency Coordinating Council
LINC : Learning Independence Through Computers, Inc.
LLLI : La Leche League International
MUMS : Mothers United for Moral Support - support group
NADDC : National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils
NADS : National Association for Down Syndrome
NCDCO : National Caucus of Disability Consumer Organizations (Peak National Body usually called Caucus)
NEA : National Education Association
NEC*TAS : National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Systems
NDSC : National Down Syndrome Congress
NDSS : National DS Society
NFXF : National Fragile X Foundation
NIC : National Information Clearinghouse for Infants with Disabilities and Life-Threatening Conditions.
NICHCY : National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.
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 for Civil Rights
OEA : Overseas Education Association
ODS : Orton Dyslexia Society
PDCA : Physical Disability Council Australia ( Peak National Body)
PHP : Parents Helping Parents
PLAN : Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
PRYS : Polio-Remember Your Strength
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

Miscellaneous PREVIOUS NEXT
ABA : Applied Behavior Analysis
ACOA : Adult Children of Alcoholics
ACs : Autistics and Cousins
ADA : The Americans with Disabilities Act
ADL's : 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 : monoamine 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 referring 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

Common Net Acronyms PREVIOUS
AOL : America On Line
BTW : By The Way
ETLA : Extended Three Letter Acronym
IMHO : In My Honest Opinion or In My Humble Opinion
IRC : Internet Relay Chat
LOL: Laughing Out Loud
NTMK : Not to My Knowledge
ROTFLOL : Rolling On The Floor, Laughing Out Loud
RTFM : Read the Flipping Manual
TLA : Three Letter Acronym
TTYL : Talk To You Later
URL : Universal/Uniform Reference/Resource Locator = WWW page address
YMMV : Your Mileage May Vary
WWW : World Wide Web

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