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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Name of the federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) established to administer the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance Programs

Cerebral Palsy
A group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination, caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain, usually occurring during fetal development; before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy

Certification
Fulfilling requirements to reach a level of achievement in an individual basis (CQL’s Individual Certification programs include Trainer Certification, Interviewer Certification and Certified Quality Analyst)

Certified Quality Analyst (CQA)
A CQL certification for an individual to become an expert in data collection and interpretation, including the expertise to meet multiple requirements at local, regional, state and federal levels

Circle of Friends (also called Circle of Support)
A technique used to enlist the involvement and commitment of peers in developing and supporting effective inclusion

Clinical Outcome
Outcomes which focus on cure and symptom reduction; clinically recorded in charts, records and through utilization review

Co-evaluation
A process for conducting an organizational quality assessment that relies heavily on a structured system for the organization to evaluate itself followed by validation of the internal assessment by an outside entity

Cognitive Disability
A disability that impacts an individual's ability to access, process, or remember information

Community
Individuals and/or organizations linked through networks of affective and instrumental connections, either physical or virtual in nature

Community Building
Process of improving the quality of life in a neighborhood by strengthening the capacity of neighborhood residents, associations, and organizations to identify priorities and opportunities and to work, individually and collectively, to foster and sustain positive neighborhood change

Community Development
The process or effort of building communities on a local level with emphasis on building the economy, forging and strengthening social ties

Community Life®
A shared and common culture, vision and values about quality of life for all people within a community; a social context for facilitating person-centered outcomes

Congenital
Existing from birth

Cornelia Lange Syndrome
A congenital syndrome with characteristics which may include low birthweight (often under five pounds), slow growth and small stature, and small head size (microcephaly)