With a diagnosis of autism or other developmental disabilities often comes facing complex systems that are difficult to navigate. Doctors, teachers and therapists often recommend treatments and services that are hard to locate and even harder to figure out how to access. Families often don’t even know what questions they should be asking, making the process that much more overwhelming.
Our advocates will help you navigate each of these systems, direct you to resources, and work with you to find the right solutions for your family. We will develop a roadmap for your child and remove the stress that comes with not understanding how to get your child the help they so desperately need.
“As a parent of two special needs children, I understand the confusion you face and have a deep passion to help anyone who is as overwhelmed as I once was.” — Casandra, Patient/Family Advocate, Autism F.I.R.S.T.
Our advocate team has deep compassion for families working their way through the process, and will support you, the patient, and the entire support system in the following ways:
- Listen to your goals and concerns, and help problem-solve with you
- Review all reports and evaluations with you, explaining everything in detail
- Recommend any additional evaluations based on the needs of your child
- Help determine if your child qualifies for a Medicaid waiver and direct you to the appropriate community contacts
- Work with you on public school system processes such as:
- Write an accurate Present Level of Performance (PLOP) for an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Draft measurable goals for an IEP
- Attend IEP meetings to give voice to your child’s needs
- Provide necessary resources for appropriate decisions and actions
- Attend mediation or due process hearings
- Educate you on how to better meet your child’s needs and empower you to advocate for your child yourself
- Help you find and connect to appropriate services, legal support (referral), clinical evaluations and support