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"Early Intervention is the Key"
Federal law in the United States requires that states provide early intervention services for children aged one to three with autism and other disabilities. These services try to help children with autism develop academic and social skills in the hopes of lessening the disorder's long-term effects. States also must provide an individual education plan when these children begin school. Children with autism may attend regular or special schools.
Every state has an early intervention program. Contact the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, NICHCY, at (800) 695-0285 for a "State Resource Sheet" which includes your states agency for infants birth to 3 years and from 3 years to 5 years.
The Autism Society of America has an "Early Intervention" packet. Call them at 1-800-Autism.
or click here to download ........ Early Intervention Packet
Links below are to the special education page of state departments of education Web sites. Click on the state to access the Web site of that state's special education department.
Click here to subscribe to ........ The Schafer Autism Report
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DON'T MOURN FOR US
You didn't lose a child to autism. You lost
a child because the child you waited for never came into existence. That isn't
the fault of the autistic child who does exist, and it shouldn't be our burden.
We need and deserve families who can see us and value us for ourselves, not
families whose vision of us is obscured by the ghosts of children who never
lived. Grieve if you must, for your own lost dreams. But don't mourn for us. We
are alive. We are real. And we're here waiting for you.
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