Your child has been diagnosedwith Autism Spectrum Disorder● Now What?●Contact the Infants & Toddlers Program in your jurisdiction.Your child could meet the criteria for early interventionservices under the Individuals with Disabilities EducationAct (IDEA). http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/earlyinterv/infant_toddlers/directories/local_program.htm 1-800-535-0182●Put your child’s name on Autism Waiver Registryimmediately! Call 866-417-3480●Seek supports and resources for your family!
Maryland Infants & ToddlersProgram●The State of Maryland, as required by theIDEA, affirmatively attempts to locate,identify, and evaluate all children withdisabilities at no cost to families.●Mission and focus: To ensure that everychild has a place in the community and thebest possible chance to succeed.
What is “The Autism Waiver?”The Medicaid Home and Community-Based ServicesWaiver for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders●Administered in collaboration with the Department ofHealth and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)●Serves 900 children with ASDs●Provides free services to maintain children with ASDs intheir home and community:●Intensive Individual Support Services●Respite Care●Family Training●Environmental Adaptations●Therapeutic Integration●Adult Life Planning
Creating Effective Intervention Programs for Children with Autism●Comprehensive assessment of skills,needs, and challenges●Clearly defined goals/objectives●Effective teaching strategies●Progress monitoring●Comprehensive team approach
Keep in Mind…“…Educational services should include aminimum of 25 hours per week, 12 monthsper year, in which the child is engaged insystematically planned, developmentallyappropriate educational activity aimedtoward identified objectives…” (National Research Center, 2001)
Resources● Autism Society of America●Education, advocacy, services, research andsupport●http://www.autism-society.org/●1-800-328-8476
Resources● Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit●Action planning for the first 100 days after adiagnosis of autism http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit
Resources● Pathfinders for Autism●We’re newly diagnosed. Where do we begin? http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/articles/category/newly-diagnosed●This site provides a comprehensive listing of thevariety of supports, services, and resourcesavailable in Maryland
Resources● Maryland State Department of Education■ AutismConnect■This site contains recommendations made in theAutism Task Force Report, released in 2004, aswell as MSDE research, education, and advocacyinitiatives and partnerships focused on autism.● www.autismconnectmd.org
Resources● Maryland State Department of Education●The Early Childhood Gateway●A resource for providers and families with youngchildren with disabilities, birth through fivehttp://www.mdecgateway.org/home
Family Support Services●Maryland has Family Support ServicesCoordinators in each jurisdiction that assistfamilies of children with disabilities ages birthto 21. A directory of Family Support Servicesis on the web at www.mdecgateway.org.For additional information, call:●1-800-535-0182
Questions?Contact:Karla M. Saval, M.Ed.Interagency Staff Specialist- Autism, Children’s MentalHealthMaryland State Department of EducationDivision of Special Education/ Early Intervention Services200 West Baltimore StreetBaltimore, MD email@example.com(410)767-0827