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Acronyms are use throughout our general day.  We often use acronyms without even thinking about it because we are talking with people who use our lingo, or should we say acronyms.  This list should help you better understand what acronyms are used in the regards to deaf/hard of hearing.

AAP - American Academy of Pediatrics

ABR - Auditory Brainstem Response

ACD - Assistive Communication Device
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act

ALD - Assistive Listening Device

ASDC - American Society for Deaf Children

ASHA - American Speech - Language Hearing Association

ASL - American Sign Language

A-V - Auditory Verbal

AVT - Auditory Verbal Therapy

BAHA - Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid

BOA - Behavior Observation Audiometry

BTE - Behind the Ear

CASE - Conceptually Accurate Signed English

CC - Closed Captions

CFC - Child & Family Connections

CDC - Center for Disease Control

CHS - Chicago Hearing Society

CI - Cochlear Implant

CIL - Centers for Independent Living


CODA - Child of Deaf Adult

dB - Decibel

DHH - Deaf and Hard of Hearing

DSC - Designated Service Coordinator 

DSCC - Division of Specialized Care for Children

DM - Digital Modulation assistive listening device

DT-H - Developmental Therapist - Hearing

EHDI - Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

EI - Early Intervention

EITP - Early Intervention Training Program

ENT - Ear, Nose & Throat or Otolaryngologist 

FHSR - Foundation for Hearing and Speech Resources 

FM - Frequency Modulation assistive listening device

GBYS - Guide By Your Side

GEN ED - General Education

HA - Hearing Aid

HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

HV - Hands & Voices 

IATP - Illinois Assistive Technology Program aka "ILTech"

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IDHHC - Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

IEP - Individual Education Plan

IFSP - Individual Family Service Plan

ILHV - Illinois Hands & Voices

ILSB - Illinois Sound Beginnings

ISBE - Illinois State Board of Education

ISD - Illinois School for the Deaf

ISRC - Illinois Service Resource Center

ISVI - Illinois School for the Visually Impaired

JCIH - Joint Commission on Infant Hearing

LRE - Least Restrictive Environment

LSL - Listening and Spoken Language 

NAD - National Association of the Deaf

NCHAM - National Center for Hearing Assessment and Managements

NCSA - National Cued Speech Association

OAE - Otoacoustic Emission

Part B - section of IDEA Law for age 3 - 22 with disabilities

Part C - section of IDEA Law for age birth - 3

ROE - Regional Office of Education

SEE - Signed Exact English

TC - Total Communication pertaining to Language

TOD - Teacher of the Deaf

TTY - Telecommunication Device for the Deaf 

VP - Video Phone

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