Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources in Georgia

= Private Autism Providers   = Easterseals of Georgia   = Autism Specialty Centers    = Lekotek Play Centers    = Babies Can’t Wait, Children 1st, and Children’s Medical Services

 

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Bright From the Start

  • Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning offers support for inclusion through the Inclusion Program with inclusion coordinators available in every community. These inclusion coordinators link families, childcare providers, and others to community resources to ensure that children are successfully included in early care and learning environments. www.decal.ga.gov

Babies Can’t Wait

Georgia’s Early Intervention program provides supports and resources for children (birth to age three) with significant developmental delays or qualifying medical conditions and their families.
888-651-8224
www.health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw

Children 1st

Children 1st is the single point of entry for all DPH Child Health programs and services for children, birth – 5 years old. All referrals made to DPH Child Health programs including Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), Children’s MEdical Services (CMS), Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and 1st Care must be made through Children 1st.

Financial Information and Support

Parent 2 Parent (P2P):

A statewide, non-profit organization that provides support, information, and resources to parents of children with disabilities ages birth through twenty-six. 1-800-229-2038.

P2P Contact Us Page:

­­Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and a coordinator will get in touch with you. The coordinator will be able to work with you and your insurance plan to navigate your financials.

Georgia Department of Community Health Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids:

A comprehensive health care program for uninsured children living in Georgia.

Care Management Organizations (CMO’s):

Georgia Medicaid financial aid services

Children’s Medical Services:

State and federally funded program which provides a statewide community-based, family-focused, care coordinated, culturally appropriate, comprehensive system of medical/ health care for eligible children, birth to 21, with chronic medical conditions. (404) 657-4855.

Scholarships for Children with Special Needs (Georgia Department of Education):

Provides eligible children with the opportunity to attend another private/public school.

Georgia’s Medicaid Waivers:

Click the link above for a PDF containing information on Georgia’s Medicaid waivers, eligibility, services provided and more.

Other Support and Services

Division for Exceptional Students (Georgia Department of Education):

Information and resources for families regarding special education programs in public schools for children 3-21. Includes contact information for referrals to services.

Lekotek of Georgia:

This program will loan adapted and traditional toys to families to use at home and provides individualized support and resources. The program’s goal is to make play successful and interactive for children with disabilities via the use of adapted toys and computer equipment.

 

Information and Support

Americans with Disabilities Act:

Information and Technical Assistance on the American with Disabilities Act.

Commonly Asked Questions about Child Care and the American with Disabilities Act:

Answers from the U.S. Department of Justice on common questions about the ADA.

 Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit:

Comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with children with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.

Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS):

Support group for families of children with disabilities and other special health care needs.

Georgia Advocacy Office:

The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is a private non-profit corporation. Its mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities:

Provides information and advocacy activities, program implementation, and funding and public policy analysis and research to influence public policies that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.

Georgia Health Law Partnership:

An interdisciplinary community collaboration among the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia State University College of Law to improve the health of low-income children and their families. Offers public health legal services to eligible families of children with health care issues.

Project Healthy Grandparents:

Support and resources for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids:

Listing of Georgia-based therapists, support groups, and other resources for children with disabilities and their families.

 

Social-Emotional Developmental Information

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI):

Training materials, resources, and research to support social and emotional development in young children.

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation:

Ideas for increasing children’s opportunities to practice social skills.

Challenging Behavior in Infants and Toddlers:

Tip sheets, brochures, videos, and other resources to help families understand the causes of common behavior problems and ways to teach young children self-control and critical coping skills.

Positive Beginnings:

Resource for ideas to support children with challenging behaviors at home and in early education environments.

Social-Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers:

Tip sheets, brochures, videos, and other resources to help families support social-emotional development in their young children.

Developmental Information

Birth to Five Watch Me Thrive:

Information and resources for families, early learning professionals, community members, and others on healthy child development, developmental monitoring, and developmental and behavioral screening.

 Easter Seals Make the First Five Count:

Developmental information Families can complete an online Ages and Stages Questionnaire and have results and suggested activities emailed to them.

 Learn the Signs. Act Early:

Brochures, videos, and other resources for families and early educators.

Health and Disabilities

Understanding Your Child’s Development:

Information and resources for families to increase their knowledge and understanding of developmental milestones for children birth to three years old.

American Academy of Pediatrics:

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) promotes pediatrics and advances child health priorities in a variety of ways including developing policy, conducting research, lobbying Congress, building coalitions, raising public awareness, funding community-based projects, and supporting training and professional education. Learn more about the great work being done!

Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children:

This kit was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism.

Literacy and Language

Center for Early Literacy Learning:

Provides research-based information and activities designed for use by parents and care providers to promote literacy learning by children with disabilities.

First Words Project:

Resources for families and early educators related to developmental screening tools and early detection of communication delays. Click here to download a brochure explaining the First Words Project and explaining how families can participate.

Toddling Toward Reading:

Information and activities to support early literacy for preschoolers.

Reach out and Read:

Reach out and Read believes all families should have the tools and information they need to make reading aloud a daily routine. They help integrate reading into pediatric practices, advise families about the importance of reading with their children, and share books that serve as a catalyst for healthy childhood development. 

Real Dads Read:

Real Dads Read (RDR) is a program by Fathers Incorporated aimed at elementary and middle school aged children (K-8) and their fathers/male caregivers. The program goals are to encourage children to develop a love of reading, improve children’s literacy skills and educational outcomes, and to strengthen bonds between fathers/caregivers and their children.