Frequently Asked Questions
If you are interested in connecting with another parent, please feel free to learn more about different programs under our parent connections section.
If your child did not pass their newborn hearing screening, please view our “Journey through screening and beyond” roadmap to assist you in the next steps.
To learn more about the AZ Technology and Equipment distribution program, please view our assistive technology/accommodations section for more information.
To learn more about different programs that can provide assistance with your child’s amplification devices, please view our assistive technology/accommodations section.
To learn more about advocating for your child, please view our parent workshop video located under our community support programs section.
To learn more about different programs and events in the community, please see our community event section.
For a list of different terms and commonly used acronyms, please view our glossary and terms section.
There can be several different documents that are important for parents to know about, please view our educational transitions sections for more information regarding these documents.
To learn more about evaluations for your child, please view our education transitions section for more information.
Glossary and Terms
As you travel your individual journeys of raising your Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deafblind child, you may encounter several different acronyms or terms that you may not be familiar with. Please reference our parent glossary and terms that will provide clarification for you.
AAC- Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device
ACDHH- Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
ACDL- Arizona Center for Disability Law
ADE- Arizona Department of Education
ADP- Auditory Processing Disorder
ADHS- Arizona Department of Health Services
AHCCCS- Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
ALTCS- Arizona Long Term Care System
ASL- American Sign Language
AT- Assistive Technology
AUD- An audiologist is a doctor that specializes in testing the hearing of infants and children and the recommendation of hearing devices
AZEIP- Arizona Early Intervention Program
AZHV- Arizona Hands and Voices
ASDB- Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
AZDB- Arizona Deaf Blind Project
AZTAP- Arizona Technology Access Program
AZTEDP- Arizona Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program
BAHA- Bone Anchored Hearing Aid
BTE- Behind the Ear Hearing Aid
CART- Communication Access Realtime Translation
CI- Cochlear Implant
CRS- Children’s Rehabilitation Services
CVHL- Combined Vision and Hearing Loss
DDD- Division of Developmental Disabilities
DME- Durable Medical Equipment
DV- Desert Voices
EHDI- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
ENT- A doctor who specializes in conditions of the ear, nose and throat
FBC- Foundation for Blind Children
HA- Hearing Aid
HH- Hard of Hearing
IEP- Individual Education Plan
IFSP- Individual Family Service Plan
OT- Occupational Therapy/ist
PCH- Phoenix Children’s Hospital
PT- Physical Therapy/ist
RSK- Raising Special Kids
SLP- Speech Language Pathology/ist
SSI- Supplemental Security Income
VR- Vocational Rehabilitation Services