504 refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act that precedeed the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides accommodations in educational and public settings. "504 plans" are typically found in K-12 schools as a way to outline the needed accommodations for students with disabilities. More information can be found here: https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.index.htm
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term used to describe all types of abuse, neglect, and other potentially traumatic experiences that occur to people under the age of 18. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/aboutace.html
The ADRC provides information on a broad range of programs and services, helps people understand the various long-term care options available to them, helps people apply for programs and benefits, and serves as the access point for publicly-funded long-term care. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/adrc/index.htm
The Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) is a graduate-level certification in behavior analysis. Professionals certified at the BCBA level are independent practitioners who provide behavior analysis services.
The Children's Community Options Program (CCOP) provides supports and services to children living at home or in the community who have one or more of the following long-term disabilities: developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/ or severe emotional disturbances. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ccop/index.htm
Refers to IEPs in Wisconsin that support students at all grade levels to prepare for college and careers.
From the Department of Human Services: Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) is a program that helps individuals of all ages live their best life by providing supports that address their unique needs related to mental health and substance use. CCS is intended to assist individuals who are in need of care outside of inpatient settings, but who may have ongoing needs that, if left unaddressed, could result in hospitalizations during times of crisis. As of September 30, 2019, the latest data available, 8,562 individuals were enrolled in CCS.
A listing of county contacts is available at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/areaadmin/hsd-programs.htm
Wisconsin has 12 CESAs. The Cooperative Educational Service Agencies are designed to serve educational needs in all areas of Wisconsin by serving as a link both between school districts and between school districts and the state. Not every school district participates in CESA programs. A brochure explaining CESAs is available at: https://www.cesa9.org/about/CSN%20BRO_1215final.pdf
Wisconsin's Medicaid waiver program for children who meet financial and functional eligibility. Eligible children include those with developmental disabilities, severe emotional disturbances, and physical disabilities. Funding can be used to support a range of different services based on an assessment of the needs of the child and his or her family. To find your local contact to see if you qualify- go to the list on the DHS website- https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/contact.htm
May go by other names in different states. In Illinois referred to as Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC)
Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and CYSHCN programs are charged with providing family-centered, community-based coordinated care.
Wisconsin's state agency responsible for a variety of services, support and enforcement- including Child care, custody and child welfare concerns, adoption and foster care.
DPI is the department of State Superintendent. Information on Special Education from DPI can be found here: https://dpi.wi.gov/sped
DVR supports people with disabilities to get, keep, or maintain employment. DVR supports a variety of transition programs in the state for youth, including Project SEARCH. More information on transition services can be found at: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/job-seekers/transition/. Local DVR counselors can be contacted by finding your nearest office: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/about/locations.htm
Family Care is an option for long term supports for adults in Wisconsin along with IRIS. More information on Family Care can be found at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/familycare/index.htm
IFSPs are plan created for Early Intervention which in Wisconsin is known as Birth to 3
I Respect, I Self-Direct: self directed program for those 18 and over that along with Family Care make up Wisconsin's long-term care system. Individuals qualify due to having a developmental disability, physical disability, and/or frail elder. More information is on the DHS website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/iris/index.htm or by contacting your local Aging and Disability Resource Center.
IRIS is also a software program within DVR
the Katie Beckett Program is for children under 19 years old with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs. Children who are not eligible for other Medicaid programs because their parents' income or assets are too high may be eligible for Medicaid through the Katie Beckett Program. The program is a special eligibility process that allows certain children who are residents of Wisconsin with long-term disabilities or complex medical needs, living at home with their families, to obtain a Wisconsin Medicaid card. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/kbp/index.htm
The program is named after a child at the time from Iowa, Katie Beckett, whose mother advocated for the program.
This term is part of special education law and supports that inclusion of children with disabilities with their peers should be considered first. For more information you can download "Special Education in Plain Language" at https://wspei.org/iep/. Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction also has information at: https://dpi.wi.gov/sped/topics
A classification in Special Education: "Other health impairment means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, due to chronic or acute health problems. The term includes but is not limited to a heart condition, tuberculosis, rheumatic fever, nephritis, asthma, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, epilepsy, lead poisoning, leukemia, diabetes, or acquired injuries to the brain caused by internal occurrences or degenerative conditions, which adversely affects a child's educational performance. "
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
Universal design is the process of creating products that are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics
UDL: Universal Design for Learning
Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment -held annually in locations across the state in conjunction with PIP trainings for parents
Other glossaries and definitions of terms are available at:
Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families has a list of Acronyms and Definitions for Early Childhood here.
A list of insurance-related definitions can be found here.
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