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Georgia Resource Guide from Autism Speaks

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
DBHDD provides services to people with intellectual and other disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and autism.  All services are designed to encourage and build on existing social networks and natural sources of support, and to promote inclusion in the community and safety in the home environment.
Georgia Crisis Response System

The Association for Science in Autism Treatment
ASAT’s mission is to promote safe, effective, science-based treatments for people with autism by disseminating accurate, timely, and scientifically sound information, advocating for the use of scientific methods to guide treatment, and combating unsubstantiated, inaccurate and false information about autism and its treatment.

The Autism Foundation of Georgia
The mission of The Autism Foundation of Georgia, formerly CADEF The Childhood Autism Foundation, is to support programs benefiting children, adults and families affected by Autism across the State of Georgia.

Autism Society of America - Georgia Chapter
An affiliate of the Autism Society of America, the oldest community based grass roots organization in the United States, the Georgia Chapter is a non-profit Georgia corporation that has supported the Georgia autism community for nearly 40 years.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
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Babies Can’t Wait – Early Intervention Program
Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development.

Briggs & Associates
Provides supported employment opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities within their communities.

Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc.
Therapists are all augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) specialists and also provide traditional speech language therapy services.  They evaluate patients for speech generating devices, assist families and schools with funding equipment, and provide implementation planning and modifications of devices to fit AAC solutions into each patient's daily life.

Georgia Advocacy Office
GAO’s mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy. GAO’s work is mandated by Congress, and GAO has been designated by Georgia as the agency to implement Protection and Advocacy within the state.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.

Georgia Department of Education
Special Education Services and Supports

The Division for Special Education Services and Supports includes programs and services that support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities.  Targeted areas for services and supports include accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, curriculum access and alignment, dropout prevention, family engagement, least restrictive environment, positive behavior supports, and transition.

Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation, Inc.
The DDD Foundation, Inc. is a dental office providing accessible and compassionate dental treatment to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS)
GLRS is a network of 17 regional programs that provide training and resources to school system personnel, parents of students with disabilities,  and other interested individuals to support the achievement, graduation rate, and post-secondary success of students with disabilities.

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
The GVRA operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.

The word "Lekotek" is Swedish and literally means "play library." Lekotek's mission is to include children with disabilities into their families, schools, and communities. For children with physical, cognitive, and/or sensory disabilities, it is a chance to explore new possibilities using select toys and to participate with peers and family members. Specific programs include: Toy-lending Program, Computer Evaluations, Computer Club, Summer Computer Camp, and Support Groups.

Office of Disability Services Ombudsman
The mission of the Office of Disability Services Ombudsman is to promote the safety, well-being and rights of individuals with disabilities in Georgia. They work to resolve issues concerning any act, omission to act, practice, policy or procedure that may adversely affect the safety, well-being and rights of individuals with disabilities.

Parent to Parent of Georgia
Parent to Parent of GA is a non-profit organization providing support and information to parents of children with disabilities. Services are based on the philosophy that one of the most meaningful sources of support are other parents who have experienced parenting a child with a disability. All services are free.  Website includes a special needs service provider database.

Tools for Life
Tools for Life, Georgia's Assistive Technology Act Program, is dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play independently and with greater freedom in communities of their choice.

Wright’s Law Special Education Law and Advocacy
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

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Funding Sources

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, or blind or disabled.

Deeming Waiver (formerly Katie Beckett Waiver)
The Deeming Waiver provides ways for parents to get Medicaid for their child with a disability when their income is too high to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)
Now and Comp Waivers
Autism Family Support Funds
ACT Today!
The ACT Today! (Autism Care & Treatment Today!) board provides funding assistance to families on a quarterly basis.
Georgia Autism Professionals
Georgia Autism Professionals, Inc. (GAP) will be providing individuals with ASD scholarships for camps, therapies and/or respite care.
Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation
Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation provides therapy scholarships to help families pay for critical therapies.

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation
UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan.

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Disclaimer: The Emory Autism Center does not specifically endorse these programs, but rather provides this information as a convenience for persons attempting to gain further knowledge in areas of interest. The family or the individual must determine whether or not a particular service is appropriate and applicable to their unique situation.