Glossary

Glossary

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There are currently 5 names in this directory beginning with the letter D.
DCF: Department of Children and Families
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

Developmental Disability
From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services: a disability attributable to brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or Prader-Willi syndrome. This also includes an intellectual disability diagnosed before age 18 and characterized by below-average general intellectual function and a lack of skills necessary for daily living, or another neurological condition closely related to such intellectual disability or requiring treatment similar to that required for such intellectual disability, that has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial handicap to the afflicted individual. “Developmental disability” does not include senility that is primarily caused by the process of aging or the infirmities of aging.

DHS: Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Health Services oversees a variety of programs including Children's Long Term Supports, Comprehensive Community Services, Public Health, CYSHCN, and a variety of medicaid programs.

DPI: Department of Public Instruction
DPI is the department of the State Superintendent. Information on Special Education from DPI can be found here: https://dpi.wi.gov/sped

DVR: Division of Vocational Rehabiltiation
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

Other glossaries and definitions of terms are available at:

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Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families has a list of Acronyms and Definitions for Early Childhood here.

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