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It has been suggested that some of our staff members are not using proper terminology when dealing with other Departments. To help them "get with it", we present you a glossary of


  • TO GIVE SOMEONE THE PICTURE: a long, confused and inaccurate statement to a newcomer.
  • UNDER CONSIDERATION: never heard of it before.
  • A MEETING: a mass milling by masterminds.
  • A CONFERENCE: a place where conversations substituted for the dreariness of labor and the loneliness of thought.
  • RELIABLE SOURCE: the guy you just met.
  • INFORMED SOURCE: the guy who told the guy you just met.
  • UNIMPEACHABLE SOURCE: the guy who started the rumor originally.
  • WE ARE MAKING A SURVEY: we need more time to think of an answer.
  • CLARIFICATION: to fill in the background with so many details that the foreground goes underground.
  • A PROGRAM: any assignment that can't be completed by a phone call.
  • TO IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM: hire more people and expand the office.
  • CHANNELS: the trail left by the interoffice memos.
  • TO ACTIVATE: to make carbons and add more names to the memo.
  • UNDER ACTIVE CONSIDERATION: we're looking in the files for it.
  • COORDINATOR: the guy who has a desk between two expediters.
  • REORIENTATION: getting used to work again.
  • TO NOTE AND INITIAL: let's spread the responsibility for this.
  • TO NEGOTIATE: to seek a meeting of minds without knocking heads.
  • EXPEDITE: to confound confusion with commotion.
  • SEE ME OR LET'S DISCUSS IT: come down to my office, I'm lonesome.
  • LET'S GET TOGETHER ON THIS: I'm assuming that you're as confused as I am.
  • WILL ADVISE YOU IN DUE COURSE: if we figure out what we're doing, we'll let you know.
  • GIVE US THE BENEFIT OF YOUR PRESENT THINKING: we'll listen to what you have to say as long as it doesn't interfere with what we've already decided.

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The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.