ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
akaalso known as
AppApprentice ( certification no longer offered)
ASLAmerican Sign Language
BCIBoard for Certification of Interpreters
BEIBoard for Evaluation of Interpreters (Name for both the Texas Board that developed the test and the testing system itself)
CAFCommunication Access Fund
CARTComputer Assisted Real-time Transcription
CDICertified Deaf Interpreter
CDLCommercial Driver’s License
CEUContinuing Education Units (2.0 required each year, including at least 1.5 in ethics)
CI/CTCertificate of Interpreting/Certificate of Transliterating (Equivalent to MICS Advanced)
CPCCode of Professional Conduct (20 CSR 2232-3.010 – General Principles)
CSCComprehensive Skills Certificate (Equivalent to MICS Advanced)
CSRCode of State Regulations (The Code of State Regulations (CSR) is updated monthly. Pursuant to section 536.021.8, RSMo, "no rule...shall become effective prior to the thirtieth day after the date of publication of the revision to the Missouri code of state regulations.)"
DARSDepartment of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (Until 2016, Texas agency responsible for BEI. Transferred to Texas Health and Human Services Commission)
DESEDepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education
EIPAEducational Interpreter Performance Assessment (The EIPA is a tool that evaluates the voice-to-sign and sign-to voice skills of interpreters who work in the elementary through secondary classroom using videotape stimulus materials and a procedure that includes a comprehensive rating system).
FTEFull Time equivalent (An FTE is the hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis).
HADPHearing Aid Distribution Program
HBHouse Bill
IEPIndividualized Education Program
IPCIntern/Practicum Certification (1) Intern/Practicum Certification (IPC) will be granted to a student applicant upon verification of registration in an interpreting practicum or internship course in an Interpreter Training Program (ITP) that is recognized by the Board for Certification of Interpreters (BCI) and housed in a regionally accredited institution of higher education).
ITPInterpreter Training Program
JCARJoint Committee on Administrative Rules (The Administrative Rules division publishes administrative rules and regulations that are encapsulated in the Code of State Regulations or CSR, the Missouri Register and any current Emergency Rules).
LPLearner’s Permit (Provisional Certification aka Learner’s Permit 5 CSR 100-200.170(16) & 5 CSR 100-200.047)
MCDHHMissouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
MCEManually Coded English
MICSMissouri Interpreters Certification System
MLSMinimal Language Skills
MO-CDIMissouri Certified Deaf Interpreter (Formal name of our CDI certification)
MO DB-CFMissouri DeafBlind Children and Family Programs
MO SSP-DMissouri SSP Program Discretionary Fund (To allow special expenditures for the Missouri SSP Programs that would not otherwise be covered)
MO DB KidsMissouri DeafBlind Children and Family Programs (To support existing programs that serve DeafBlind children and their families)
MO DB-SPIE KidsMissouri DeafBlind Scholarship Program for Independence and Education of Families (To enable the families of DeafBlind children to attend programs and events that allow them to develop skills toward establishing or maintaining independence)
MO DB-SPIEMissouri DeafBlind Scholarship Program for Independence and Education (To enable DeafBlind individuals to attend programs and events that allow them to develop skills toward establishing or maintaining independence)
MO DB-SPIE-FMissouri DeafBlind Scholarship Program for Independence and Education of Families
NADNational Association of the Deaf
NAD level 5Equivalent to MICS Master
NAD level 4Equivalent to MICS Advanced
NAD level 3Equivalent to MICS Basic
NICNational Interpreter Certification (Equivalent to MICS Advanced)
NIC MasterEquivalent to MICS Master
NIC AdvancedEquivalent to MICS Master
Pidgin Signed EnglishPidgin Signed English (PSE is a combination of American Sign Language and English).
RCEDRestricted Certification in Education (By conversion only. Interpreter must take EIPA test and have score of 4.0 or above)
RFPRequest for Proposals or Request-for-proposals
RIDRegistry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
RsMoRevised Statutes of Missouri
SBSenate Bill
SBRFBSmall Business Regulatory Fairness Board (Missouri SBRFB was established for the purpose of giving small businesses a voice in the development and enforcement of regulations that affect them.
SCIState Committee of Interpreters
SEESigning Exact English
SESSuspended Execution of Sentence
SISSuspended Imposition of Sentence
SOSSecretary of State (
SSPSupport Service Provider (An individual hired by the Missouri SSP Program to empower persons who are DeafBlind to be independent and make their own decisions).
TDDTelecommunications device for the deaf (Also TTY Teletypewriter)
TEPTest of English Proficiency (Name of BEI written test)
Texas HHSCTexas Health and Human Services Commission (Agency who created BEI and currently administers the BEI program).
VRIVideo Remote Interpreting (a video telecommunication service that uses devices such as web cameras or videophones to provide sign language or spoken language interpreting services).
VRSVideo Relay Service (Video Relay Service is a form of Telecommunications Relay Service that enables persons with hearing disabilities who use American Sign Language to communicate with voice telephone users through video equipment, rather than through typed text. Video equipment links the VRS user with a TRS operator – called a communications assistant, or CA – so that the VRS user and the CA can see and communicate with each other in signed conversation).
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