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Acronyms and resource links for families and professionals.
Acronyms and Terms

Acronym/Term

Name/Definition

BEL

Business, Education, and Labor Committee

CDE

California Department of Education

CIE Competitive, integrated employment

Compliance

Following program rules.

Documentation

Evidence that supports program data and activities

DDS Department of Developmental Services

DOL

Department of Labor

DOR

Department of Rehabilitation

EDD

Employment Development Department

Encumbrance

Earmarking specific sums of money for specific expenditures.

FAPE

Free appropriate public education

FMTA

Focused Monitoring Technical Assistance units in the CDE, Special Education Division

Follow-Along

Services, including placements, which are provided to students while they are still in school.

Follow-Up

Survey-based data collected to determine adult outcomes for former WAI students one and two years past their exit dates from high school.

FTN

Family Transition Network Committee

Grant letter

A letter issued by CDE that states a local program will be funded for a specific amount of money.

GRC

Government Relations Committee

HSS

Human Support Services

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP

Individualized Education Program

LEA

Local Educational Agency

Listserv

A CDE administrated distribution list that is to disseminate official policy, guidance, documents, and announcements to the subscribers of the listserv, and for those subscribers to share operational information

LMI

Labor Market Information

LRE

Least Restrictive Environment

Mentor

An experienced WorkAbility I program representative assigned to assist and guide less experienced or troubled programs.

NCDG

National Career Development Guidelines

NPS/A

Nonpublic Schools and Agencies

On-campus placement

Any job provided on the same campus where the student attends school.

One Stop

Career and Employment Center funded through the Employment Development Department

Placement

Any WAI student who receives competitive pay for work.

RC

Regional Center

Regional manager

A WAI program representative elected from the field to supervise a specific state region.

SCANS

Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills

SELPA

Special Education Local Plan Area

Served

Any student who participates in specific school-based, work-based, and connecting activities as outlined in the array of services.

SRT State and Regional Training Committee
Student Learner Wage There is an exception for learners, regardless of age, who may be paid not less than 85 percent of minimum wage rounded to the nearest nickel during their first 160 hours of employment in occupations in which they have no previous similar or related experience. Department of Industrial Relations, Labor Commissioner's Office External link opens in new window or tab.

SSID/CSIS numbers

The California School Information Services Statewide Student Identifiers

Subsidized placement

Any paid student placement that is not paid by the employer (e.g., through WorkAbility I funds)

TEC Technology, Educational, Communication Committee

Transition

The act of moving from one stage to another. WAI focuses on moving students from high school to the post-secondary world.

TSL

Transition services language

WAI

WorkAbility I

WBL

Work-based learning experiences

WIOA Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

WLS

Wage, Labor, and Safety Committee

Work permit

Documentation required for minor students who have not graduated from high school to work within the State of California.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, April 28, 2016
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