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  1. We continue to work to identify solutions to address the diverse needs of adults with autism. Among them: Transition plans to help in the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Employment training and networking. Social groups for autistic adults only.

    • What Is Autism

      Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad...

    • M-Chat-R

      Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised...

    • Autism Response Team

      The Autism Response Team (ART) is an information and...

  2. Looking for an autism specialist near you? From local providers and resources to advice and personal stories - the Autism Speaks directory can help you find the autism services and information you need.

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    • Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit
    • State and Federal Disability Benefits
    • Community and State Financial Resources

    Mapping out the financial future of your child can seem like a daunting task, but having a plan in place can help ease your fears. The Autism Speaks Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit was created to provide you with all the information that you need to develop that plan. The information in the Financial Planning Tool Kit comes from top exper...

    Supplemental Security Income

    Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a monthly government payment through Social Security which is designed to support people who are aged (65 and older), blind, or disabled. Individuals with autism may be eligible to receive SSI to help support them financially. Information on this and other programs can be found at www.ssa.gov. You can also review the following links which further explain the SSI program for children and adults with disabilities, family financial criteria, how to apply,...

    Social Security Disability Insurance

    Social Security Disability Insurance is another financial benefit through Social Security. This payment is available for adults who have a disability that began prior to age 22. SSDI can be considered a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. For a disabled adult to become entitled to this “child” benefit, one of his or her parents: 1. Must be receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits; or 2. Must have died and have worked enough to...

    Medicaid Waivers

    Most states have a program for individuals with developmental disabilities called a Medicaid Waiver (also known as 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services). A Medicaid Waiver is designed to provide support services and care to allow an individual to remain at home or in the community, rather than in an institution, nursing home, or hospital. The benefits provided by these waiver programs vary by state, but most generally provide coverage for medical treatments, respite care, transportation,...

    Community Action Agencies

    A great place to start if you are looking for financial help is your local Community Action Agency. Nearly every community in the U.S. has a Community Action Agency. These are non-profit organizations which receive state and federal funding. They administer many assistance programs for low-income residents, including rental assistance, energy assistance, food and nutrition programs, case management, education and literacy programs, and emergency assistance. Your local Community Action Agencyw...

    Housing Assistance

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) can provide you with advice on finding affordable housing. HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country to provide free or low cost advice. For more information, you can call HUD's interactive voice system at: (800) 569-4287. You can locate your local HUD office on this page. They can give you information on affordable housing programs, rental assistance, and more. There are also a number of programs through the federal g...

    Emergency Assistance

    In a crisis, it is often helpful to go to your Community Action Agency. Staff can connect you with any available resources, financial or otherwise, that are available in your area. You can also contact your local United Way by calling 2-1-1 to be connected with many services and resources to help, or visit 211.org. The Salvation Army can often assist in emergency situations as well, although funding may be limited. They can provide rental and housing assistance, utility help, food, shelter, a...

  4. Nov 22, 2023 · Some of the most common services available include: Residential For some autistic adults, residential funding may pay for the costs of an institutional or group home, or for programs such as adult foster care.

  5. Services include therapy to help the child talk, walk, and interact with others. Therefore, it is important to talk to your child’s doctor as soon as possible if you think your child has ASD or other developmental problem.

  6. Mar 9, 2022 · Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is working to find out how many children have ASDs, discover the risk factors, and raise awareness of the signs.

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