Early Identification/Early Intervention
When an infant or toddler is diagnosed with or suspected of having a developmental delay or Autism Spectrum Disorder, they are entitled to an evaluation and treatment from an Early Intervention (EI) provider. More information about EI:
Online Autism Resources- The web can be difficult to navigate when first hearing about a loved one's diagnosis. Below are some websites that have proven to be helpful for families:
School Age/Special Education
From a child's 3rd birthday until they turn 22 years-old services are typically provided by the Office of Special Education in their Public School District. Navigating the Special Education system can be challenging for families. The more educated families are the better they are able to advocate for their child or loved one.
When a person turns 22 or receives a High School Diploma the public school is no longer under obligation to provide services. Services after 22 are typically provided through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) or privately paid for. Services at this age are not an entitlement and can often be difficult to secure.