Decipher the disability sector’s acronyms and abbreviations

By Luisa Bustos, 31 January 2018 , Comments

Confused by NDIS, NDIA, NDS, SDA, SIL? We’re not surprised! The disability sector is rife with abbreviations, acronyms and jargon. This list should help you decipher some of the acronyms you are likely to come across when dealing with the disability sector.

AAA

Access for All Abilities

AAC

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ABI

Acquired Brain Injury

ADHC

Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care

AT

Assistive Technology

CALD

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

CICD

Community Inclusion and Capacity Development

COS

Coordination of Supports

CP

Community Program

DDA

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

DHS

Department of Human Services

DRC

COAG Disability Reform Council

DSP

Disability Service Provider

DSS

Department of Social Services

ECEI

Early Childhood Early Intervention

ECIS

Early Childhood Intervention Services

ELS

Everyday Life Skills

FASD

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

FPDN

First Peoples Disability Network

ICT

Information and Communications Technology

IPA

Individual Plan Advisor

LAC

Local Area Coordinator

NAT

National Access Team

NDIA

National Disability Insurance Agency

NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDS

National Disability Services

NGO

Non-Government Organisation

OOSH

Out Of School Hours

OSHC

Outside School Hours Care

OT

Occupational Therapist/Therapy

PSP

Person Centred Plan

PWD

People/Person With Disability

PWDA

People With Disability Australia (an advocacy group)

SC

Support Coordinator

SDA

Specialist Disability Accommodation – funded accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions

SIL

Supported Individual Living

ST

Speech Therapist/Therapy (commonly referred to as a ‘speechie’)

STA

Short-Term Accommodation

SW

Support Worker

VOC

Vocational Skills

We are sure to have missed some so let us know any that you’ve come across by leaving a message in the comments below.

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