AFN-TIPS

Access and Functional Needs Information for First Responders

Acronyms to Know

Disability Acronyms

ACF

Administration for Children and Families

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

ADD

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder

APS

Adult Protective Services

AT

Assistive Technology

AUCD

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

CAP

Client Assistance Program

CIL

Center for Independent Living

CMS

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

CP

Cerebral Palsy

DD

Developmental Disabilities

DME

Durable Medical Equipment

ECI

Early Childhood Intervention

FAPE

Free Appropriate Public Education

HHS

Health and Human Services

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IHFS

In-Home and Family Support

ILC

Independent Living Center

ISP

Individualized Service Plan

MDCP

Medically Dependent Children Program (Medicaid waiver)

MH

Mental Health

MR

Mental Retardation

NACDD

National Association of Council on Developmental Disabilities

NAMI

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NDRN

National Disability Rights Network

NOD

National Organization on Disability

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OSERS

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OT

Occupational Therapy

P&As

Protection and Advocacy Agencies

PAS

Personal Assistance Services

PDD

Pervasive Developmental Disorder

PDP

Person-Directed Planning

PT

Physical Therapy

PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SILC

State Independent Living Council

SNF

Skilled Nursing Facility

SSA

Social Security Administration

SSDI

Social Security Disability Insurance

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

TBI

Traumatic Brain Injury

TDD

Telecommunication Device for Persons with Hearing Loss

TTY

Teletypewriters for Persons with Hearing ImpairĀ­ments

UCEDD

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

VAC

Vocational Adjustment Coordinator

VR

Vocational Rehabilitation

WIC

Women, Infants, and Children program

Emergency Management Acronyms

ACS

Alternate Care Site

AFN

Access and Functional Needs

ARC

American Red Cross

ARRL

American Radio Relay League, Inc.

CBO

Community-Based Organization

CC

Crisis Counseling

CDC

Centers for Disease Control

CERT

Community Emergency Response Team

COOP

Continuity of Operations

DAC

Disaster Assistance Center

DAE

Disaster Assistance Employee

DDC

Disaster District Committee

DEM

Division of Emergency Management

DFO

Disaster Field Office

DHHS

US Department of Health and Human Services

DHS

US Department of Homeland Security

DISC

Disaster Information Support Center

DMAT

Disaster Medical Assistance Team

DMORT

Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team

DOD

Department of Defense

DRC

Disaster Recovery Center

DUA

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

EAS

Emergency Alert System

EMAC

Emergency Management Assistance Compact

EOC

Emergency Operations Center

EOP

Emergency Operations Plan

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

ERT

Emergency Response Team

ESC

Emergency Support Center

ESF

Emergency Support Function

FBO

Faith-Based Organization

FCO

Federal Coordinating Officer

FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency

GIS

Geographic Information System

GPS

Global Positioning System

HA

Housing Assistance

HAN

Health Alert Network

HVA

Hazard Vulnerability Analysis

IA

Individual Assistance

IAEM

International Association of Emergency Managers

ICS

Incident Command System

IDEAS

Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance

IHP

Individual and Household Programs

JFO

Joint Field Office

KAT

Katrina Aid Today

LDR

Lutheran Disaster Response

MSS

Medical Support Shelter

NGO

Non-Governmental Organization

NIMS

National Incident Management System

NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

OES

Office of Emergency Services

PA

Public Assistance

PCC

Preparedness Coordinating Council

POD

Point of Distribution

PIO

Public Information Officer

SBA

Small Business Administration

SERT

State Emergency Response Team

SNS

Strategic National Stockpile

SOC

State Operations Center

SOG

Standard Operating Guideline(s)

TRAC

Trauma Regional Advisory Committee

UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

USAR

Urban Search and Rescue

VOAD

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

The above acronym lists were adapted from acronym guides developed by Project REDD at the Center on Disability Development at Texas A&M University. Thank you to Project REDD for sharing their ‘Disaster Acronym Guide’ with us.

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