The Terminology Post

Note: This post has been back-dated for organizational purposes (aka, to put it with the other intro posts).

I might use some unfamiliar terminology or Abbreviations. In order to avoid confusion, I’m creating this post.

Please let me know if there are any terms in my blog that are unfamiliar to you, so that I can expand this post! Remember, I don’t know what you do or don’t know and the only way I’ll learn is if you tell me.


A lot of times, I will reference Non-profits by their Abbreviations. But to those unfamiliar with them, this can be confusing. I know that I wouldn’t know the abbreviations for organizations in the field of Physics or Mathematics!

ASAN- Autistic Self Advocacy Network (Wikipedia | Website)

NYLN- National Youth Leadership Network (Website)

ANI- Autism Network International (Wikipedia | Website)

PFI- Pennsylvania Families, Inc. (Website ; The State Wide Family Network for Pa)

PYLN- Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (Website)

aka, Alphabet Soup.

ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorders

AD(H)D- Attention-Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder

DoEd- Department of Education

MSM- Mainstream Media

Sometimes reading about a topic can be like trying to read Les Miserables in the original French with only a little French under your belt. While I try to keep acessible, I do use some terms that could be unfamiliar to some people.

Neurodiversity- (n) an idea which asserts that atypical (neurodivergent) neurological development is a normal human difference that is to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. (Urban Dictionary | Wikipedia)

On Spectrum; Spectrumy- someone with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis or suspected diagnosis.

Spectrum Cousin- Someone with other Neurological/Developmental divrgences such as ADHD, OCD, and others that might share traits with those on spectrum. For example, my mother has ADD, Narcopelsy, and Fibro Mylgia and would be considered a “Cousin.” Also known as an “AC” or “Autistic Cousin.”