I know I'm not alone. Finding services for my child was not easy and not readily accessible. After having to figure things out on my own, I've come to appreciate these autism focused services. I've used most of them personally and some are nationally recognized. My hope is that you find this list helpful too.
From my home to yours...
National Autism services
BYTE Free dental care guide for children with autism
Certifying businesses, services, and resorts around the world as autism aware and supportive
Free on-line magazine. Exceptional Needs Today aims to serve all individuals in need of special services.
Smuggler's Notch Resort amazing services and camps for kids with special needs
Amy can plan trips around the world and specializes in Disney
trustyourabilities.org A non-profit who helps people find funding for tools, equipment and schooling.
Dr. Tanya English- Helping mothers of still-borns go from grief to grace
The Rooted Family Social Emotional Learning
A Special Needs Plan Financial trust development and management
Tosha Rollins, Professional Counselor and Therapist specializing in autism parenting.
Waves of Communication with Marci Melzer, language facilitation consultant
About 1 in 4 adults in America have a physical or mental disability, which can result in financial instability and difficulty working. The experts at Bankrate created a guide that informs readers on how to accumulate savings for people with disabilities. It includes:
How to save money without impacting benefit asset limits
Ways to ensure a financially secure future
Savings accounts for individuals with disabilities
New England Services:
Estate Planning to protect your child's rights and finances after you die
Gnome Surf offers a surfing program specifically for people on the spectrum. They are located in Rhode Island, USA and Costa Rica
Rebecca Hale, pediatric physical therapist.
Financial Services for Special Needs Trusts. Helping you make sure you leave enough for your child's well-being. Harty Financial Services
New Hampshire Advocate: Judy Flanagan
Trained and Certified by COPAA National organization since 2005/06
email@example.com 603 505 1769
Certain services should be offered by your school such as occupational therapy, speech therapy, social skills, executive functioning, cognitive behavioral therapy, and basic special ed classes developed by your individual education plan (IEP). However, some times they won't or can't offer services so you may need an advocate to help you. Visit FCSN for more information on all of these topics.
Favorite books for parents and caretakers:
Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson, The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon, Life, Animated by Ron Suskind, Autism Unspoken Until Now by Tosha Rollins.
For the kids:
Any book about "Calvin and Hobbs" by Bill Watterson, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Borgenicht and Heimberg, Who Moved my Cheese? for teens by Spencer Johnson
JJ's all time favorite: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien