The disability sector uses many acronyms, terms and phrases that you may have never come across before. It can feel very overwhelming as you learn to navigate this space.

This glossary is an active work in progress that Team EmployAbility will constantly add too. We have included medical, disability, employment acronyms, as well as phrases you may hear in the workplace.

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ABIAcquired Brain Injury
TBITraumatic Brain Injury
SCISpinal Cord Injury
SCIASpinal Cord Injuries Australia
DESCentrelink Program: Disability Employment Program
BECBuilding Employer Confidence
ECEmployment Coach
IDIntellectual Disability
DDDevelopmental Delays
ABTActive Based Therapy
ADEAustralian Disability Enterprise
DRCDisability Royal Commission
NDISNational Disability Insurance Scheme
JDJob Description
S&CStrength & Conditioning
LMSLearning Management Systems
CHIClosed Head Injury
NDAPNational Disability Advocacy Program
ILOIndependent Living Options
SILSupported Independent Living
SDMSupported Decision Making
Work place AccommodationsAn adjustment to a work environment eg specialised equipment, extra time to complete tasks etc
NEDANational Ethnic Alliance
FPDNFirst Peoples Disability Network
ATAssistant technology
GDDGlobal Developmental Delay
Lived ExperienceA person’s own experience of living with a disability or having a close relationship with someone with disability, e.g. a family member or partner.
TSPTypical Support Package
ASCEDAustralian Standard Classification of Education
Main JobThe job in which a person usually works the most hours.
ESSEmployment Support Service
DMSDisability Management Service
WWC or WWCCWorking With Children or Working With Children Check
PDPosition Description
TLTeam Leader
D&IDiversity & Inclusion