The disability world is difficult enough, but the myriad of terms and foreign vocabulary may make the system seem impossible to navigate. This section explains some of the most frequently used terminology in the disability field.
Advocacy/Advocate: To actively promote the fundamental principles of self-determination for all individuals with disabilities.
Cash Assistance: A grant from the state to use for different items or activities needed by the family. It is not Medicaid matched.
Early Intervention: Programs and services for children with disabilities from birth to age 3.
Guardian: The person who is legally responsible for the care of another person (and/or his or her property).
IEP: Individual Education Plan that directs the services for a child with a disability in a school district.
Medicaid: A federal program that pays for health care and long-term supportexpenses for people who meet eligibility requirements. Benefits are paid with federal and matching state dollars.
Respite: Temporary relief from the day-to-day care of a family member with a disability.