Patient & Family Advocate | Autism F.I.R.S.T. | Therapy & Service

Your advocate is your champion working tirelessly on behalf of your child and your family.

Whether you are working through a new autism diagnosis or you’ve been in the trenches for many years, having a child with autism can be overwhelming to say the least. There are so many complex systems, resources and paths to navigate that many parents have no idea where to begin or even what questions to ask. It is exceedingly common for autism families to feel overloaded, emotional and alone.

Enter an Autism F.I.R.S.T. advocate! We offer two types of advocacy:

Parent and Guardian Consulting

A parent and guardian consultant is your guide. They will empower and educate you to confidently advocate for your child yourself. Your parent and guardian consultant will listen to your goals and concerns in order to problem solve with you. They will analyze reports and evaluations, recommend therapists and services, help you understand insurance and so much more. Most importantly, your consultant will prepare you to represent your child at IEP and other school meetings by explaining the process and creating a strategy for you to get what your child needs to thrive.

Direct Advocacy

A direct advocate is your family’s prizefighter in the ring. School meetings are often emotional, overwhelming, confusing and could have 20+ participants. Your educational advocate knows your rights and fights for them. They will be your voice in conversations with teachers and administration regarding Present Level of Performance (PLOP), an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 accommodations, goals and more. They will also navigate insurance issues including determining if your child qualifies for a Medicaid waiver and how to obtain it.

Call us today to learn more about how an advocate can help change the trajectory for your child and your family.

“As a parent of two children with special needs, I understand the confusion you face and have a deep passion to help anyone who is as overwhelmed as I once was.”
— Casandra, Vice President of Advocacy, Autism F.I.R.S.T.

Casandra Oldham - Autism F.I.R.S.T.