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Disability Related Abbreviations: Full Form and Meaning

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List of Abbreviations / Acronyms related with Disability
AbbreviationFull Form / MeaningComments
PwDPerson / People with DisabilitySee the meaning and definition of disability
PwBDPerson with Benchmark Disability
OAOne ArmUsed for indicating disability in one arm
OLOne LegUsed for indicating disability in one leg
BABoth ArmsUsed for indicating disability in both arms
BLBoth LegsUsed for indicating disability in both legs
BHBoth HandsUsed for indicating disability in both hands
OALOne Arm One LegUsed for indicating disability in one arm and one leg
BLABoth Legs and ArmsUsed for indicating disability in both legs and in both arms
BLOABoth Legs One ArmUsed for indicating disability in both legs and one arm
CRPDConvention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
UNCRPDUnited Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesAn international treaty to ensure equal rights for PwD around the world.
PHPhysically Handicapped
HHHard of Hearing
VHVisually Handicapped
LVLow Vision
VIVisual Impairment
HIHearing Impairment
LD
MD
MSMultiple Sclerosis
CPCerebral Palsy
SCISpinal Cord Injury
SSASocial Security Administration
SSISupplemental Security Income, SSA Title XVI/T16
SSDISocial Security Disability Insurance, SSA Title II/T2
TTText Telephone
TTYTeletypewriter
ADAAmericans with Disability Act
RPWDRights of Persons with DisabilitiesIndia and Bangladesh have named their disability related national laws as RPWD Act
ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ASAsperger’s Syndrome
CDCCenters for Disease Control and PreventionNational public health agency of the United States
DDDevelopmental Disability/Developmentally Delayed
DSDown Syndrome
ASDAutism Spectrum Disorders
VRVirtual Reality
OTOccupational Therapy/Therapist
NIHNational Institutes for HealthPrimary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research.
NHSNational Health ServiceNational public health agency of the United Kingdom
MHMental Health
MIMental Illness
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education ActIt is an American law
IDIntellectual Disability
CRPCommunity Rehabilitation Program
ATAssistive Technology
ACBAmerican Council of the Blind
SDSevere Disability
SLD
NABNational Association for the BlindA non-government organization in India
AFOAnkle-Foot OrthosisA brace that is used for supporting ankle and foot
KAFOKnee-Ankle-Foot OrthosisA brace that is used for supporting knee, ankle and foot. For example, Jaipur Foot
HKAFOHip-Knee-Ankle-Foot OrthosisA brace that is used for supporting hip, knee, ankle and foot
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2 responses to “Disability Related Abbreviations: Full Form and Meaning”

  1. Avatar Abhishek Pal says:

    1 VI
    2 HI
    3 OC

    Meaning or Hindi

  2. Avatar Srinivasan Ramakrishnan says:

    Add the following:
    1. RPwD Act, 2016 – Rights of People with Disabilities, India
    2. Acid attack victim – Add this and other disabilities figuring in RPwD Act, 2016 of India not listed in the above list.
    Thanks.

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