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The AABD or Aid to the Aged, Blind, Disabled is a cash assistance program for people who: (1) Have limited income (2) Are 65 or older (3) Are disabled


ABD or Aged, Blind and Disabled are individuals who are: (1) Age 65 and over (2) Unable to work because of a disability that is expected to last for at least a year or a disability that will result in death. (3) Blind


Physical harm, bodily injury, or attempt to cause physical harm or injury, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm or bodily injury on an elder or adult with disabilities.


Access is the freedom or ability to get needed services.


Accreditation is official recognition of an organization or person to signify that certain standards of quality have been met. The process is carried out by a nationally recognized accrediting body that determines whether or not standards have been met.


An organization is accredited once it has gone through the accreditation process and has met certain standards of quality.


ACRN or Americas Career Resource Network is a nationwide organization providing young people and adults with educational and career information that helps them make informed career decisions and secure meaningful employment.


The ACSI or American Customer Satisfaction Index is a survey that looks at performance and customer satisfaction within the Workforce Investment system.

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Basic, self-care tasks including: bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, walking, transferring, toileting, eating and bed mobility.

Acute Care

Care in a hospital setting which includes surgery, doctor visits, X-rays etc.


The ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal civil rights law, passed in 1990, to prevent the discrimination of individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government, transportation, and commercial and public facilities.

ADA Consulting

Americans with Disabilities consulting provides professional direction with regards to accessible design, construction as well as direction in the areas of employment and "reasonable accommodations."

Adult Day Care

Provides non-medical care and supervision to adults in need of personal services, protection, assistance, guidance, or training. Adult Day Care assists its participants to remain in the community.

Adult Day Services

Services provided to dependent adults in a supervised, protective, congregate setting during some portion of a twenty-four hour day. Services offered typically include social and recreational activities, meals and other services that support the health, nutritional, social, and daily living needs of adults.

Adult Education

Any services or instruction below the post-secondary level for individuals at least 16 years of age, who are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law

Adult Foster Care Homes

Adult Foster Care Homes are private homes where care is provided by families who are recruited and trained to provide care for adults.

Adult Living Care Facility

An Adult Living Care Facility is a residential facility for people who cannot live alone but do not need medical services.

Adult Residential Care Homes

Adult Residential Care Homes (ARCH) provide for the social and daily needs of individuals rather than medical needs. Residents are usually people who are functionally semi-independent, but need assistance in the activities of daily living. Dietary, housekeeping, social and recreational programs, and medical monitoring are the primary functions of these facilities. ARCHs are designated as Type I or Type II. Type I care homes are limited to 5 or fewer residents in a family home. Type II care homes are institutional settings and may care for as many as 50 to 60 residents.

Adult Services and Aging

A State of South Dakota Division of the Department of Social Services. The Division of Adult Services and Aging is the State Unit on Aging for South Dakota.

Adult with Disabilities

Person eighteen years of age or older who suffers from a condition of developmental delays, infirmities of aging, or who lacks the functional, physical or mental ability to provide their own self care.


Active support or argument in favor of something such as a cause, idea, or policy.


The AJB or Americas Job Bank is an online database that allows jobseekers to find jobs and employers to post job openings. The job bank also provides national data related to employment and training-related information.


ALMIS or Americas Labor Market Information System is a national database that contains information on who is employed, goods and services, and workforce data for each state.

Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Alzheimer's disease (AD), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.

Ancillary Services

Ancillary Services are additional health services that are provided by an in-patient program or hospital. They may include x-ray, drug and laboratory services.


An appeal is a complaint that an individual submits if they disagree with any decision about the services that they are receiving and want that decision reviewed.


Learning a skill or trade through practical experience while under the guidance of a professional.


An ASC or Ambulatory Surgical Center is a non-hospital location that performs outpatient surgery. A person receiving services at an ASC will sometimes stay for a few hours or sometimes overnight.


Assessment is the process of gathering information to determine what is needed.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living provides housing along with supportive services for persons needing assistance with personal care or medications.

Assisted Living Services Program

A program to support low income individuals with a need for assisted living services and without sufficient income to pay the full cost of services.

Assistive Devices

Items which enable an individual to perform routine personal tasks independently or which provide for a safe and secure environment related to health care needs.

Assistive Technology

As you grow older you may find that you need to change how you do things. If so, assistive technology (a new term for adaptive devices) might have the answer. Assistive technology includes devices which will help you continue doing the activities you have always done, but in a slightly different way. For example, it might be a walker that makes moving around possible.