RESOURCES & COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Following comprehensive evaluation of the client, Georgia Autism Center staff collaborate with parents, schools, physicians, and other professionals to coordinate care and optimize treatment interventions that complement their child’s level of development and unique learning or emotional/behavioral needs.
DEBBIE DOBBS, MS
Debbie is an experienced advocate for students with disAbilities. She works with families to help them acquire educational and financial resources. As a consultant, she is able to help parents and families understand how to navigate through the Special Education and medical funding process.
In the Special Education arena, Debbie assists parents by meeting their individual needs, consulting 1:1, and by attending school meetings helping to create solid educational plans for children with all types of Abilities.
Mr. DJ Jeyaram provides legal services to a wide variety of healthcare providers including physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, Medicaid waiver providers as well as special needs families.
Healthcare & Regulatory
Mr. Jeyaram concentrates in healthcare regulatory matters, primarily in administrative appeals, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, and program integrity audits and investigations.
Mr. Jeyaram’s practice also includes assisting clients with Stark, Anti-kickback issues, Certificate of Need (CON), Letters of Non-Reviewability (LNR), acquisition and opposition, as well as negotiating business, employment and contractual relationships between healthcare providers.
Mr. Jeyaram focuses on providing legal services for healthcare providers and special needs families. In addition, Mr. Jeyaram serves as a part time Judge for Gwinnett County Magistrate Court.
FINANCIAL & SUPPORT SERVICES
Katie Beckett/Deeming Waiver
Established in 1982 under the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act/TEFRA (P.L. 97-248), the Katie Beckett Medicaid Program (KB), permits the state to ignore family income for certain children who are disabled. It provides benefits to certain children 18 years of age or less who qualify as disabled individuals under §1614 of the Social Security Act and who live at home rather than in an institution. These children must meet specific criteria to be covered.
Qualification is not based on medical diagnosis; instead it is based on the institutional level of care the child requires. Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations outlines the criteria used to determine eligibility.
New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) The MRWP Waiver has been renamed as the New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and the CHSS Waiver has been renamed as the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP).
The New Options Waiver Program and the Comprehensive Support Waiver Program offer home and community-based services for people who have mental retardation or a developmental disability. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes mental retardation or other closely related conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems that require the level of care provided in an intermediate care facility for people who have mental retardation (ICF-MR).
Georgia Early Intervention Program/
Babies Can’t Wait
The mission for Part C/Babies Can’t Wait: Part C early intervention builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities for 0-3 age population: dph.georgia.gov/Babies-Cant-Wait
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Parent to Parent of Georgia offers a variety of services to Georgia families of children with disabilities or special healthcare needs, including a special needs database to locate providers in your community, support services, & educational opportunities and trainings for parents: p2pga.org
FOCUS+Fragile Kids of GA
FOCUS (Families of Children under Stress) was started by two parents of children with special needs. The organization provides emotional support, respite care, community resources, and equipment grants for medically fragile children: focus-ga.org
The Birth Injury Justice Center
The Birth Injury Justice Center is dedicated to supporting anyone who has been affected by birth injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, and other developmental disabilities. We strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life: childbirthinjuries.com
Accredited Schools Online
How to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder - This guide discusses the unique difficulties autistic students face and how educators can respond to them. In addition, advice is provided from autism experts and resources to help families with an ASD child.
Parallel Transition Planning Services
Their mission is to create opportunity for Neurodiverse individuals by bridging the gaps between education, community, and employment.
Programs, Support, and Grants for Children with ASD and Developmental Disabilities
Angelfish Adaptive Aquatics - In Partnership with Gwinnett County Parks and Rec in beautiful Gwinnett County GA, AFGA offers year round instruction for differently abled swimmers of all ages.
Cubby Special Needs Beds - Insurance & Funding Guidelines For Special Needs Beds. Cubby provides beds to special needs children which help with sleep, safety, and sensory regulation. They have compiled a funding guide for special needs parents who would like to purchase a Cubby bed. Many families have succeeded in getting the entire bed paid for by insurance, Medicaid, Medicaid Waivers, or charities for Cubby special needs beds. *Note: GAC is not affiliated with Cubby Beds. The information provided here is for resource purposes only. GAC does not receive any commission from Cubby beds.
The Daniel Braun Scholarship Fund - United States – The Asperger / Autism Network (AANE) - for adults, ages 22 and older, with Asperger’s and similar autism profiles, who wish to participate in enriching and fulfilling recreational activities
Easter Seals – Provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families.
Faith and Family Foundation/Wheatland Farm – Offers scholarships for children with disabilities to participate in therapeutic riding, adaptive swimming and a variety of programs.
Family Hope Foundation – Invests in children with special needs through family support, engaging community experts, advocacy through collaboration, and financial assistance to provide access to therapies.
Hands to Angels - Grants to support the identification and eventual prevention of rare, genetic disorders and to provide financial assistance to families coping with these disorders.
iTaalk – List of funding sources for communication devices.
The Jiselle Lauren Foundation - Helps any family whose child has a special need or disability achieve things that wouldn't be possible otherwise.
Kya’s Krusade – Provides financial assistance for adaptive equipment and physical therapy, occupational therapy and hippotherapy sessions.
Mike's Kids - Provides assistance via services, equipment, education, special care, and respite support to children with special needs and their families.
My Gym Foundation - Grants up to $500 to children with physical, cognitive, or developmental disorders for rehabilitation therapy, assistive devices, medical equipment, or sensory items.
The Orange Effect - Empowers children and young adults with speech disorders to effectively communicate through technology and speech therapy.
Parker’s Purpose – Assistance to help fund specialized schooling, alternative therapies, summer camp, respite, sensory items, home modifications, and other needs not covered by medical insurance. The organization also hosts a virtual meeting the last Wednesday of every month to hear about different grant organizations, how they help families, and how to apply for their services.
Pervis Jackson, Jr. Autism Foundation - Provides comfort to the parents of children with autism and other disabilities.
Small Steps in Speech – Assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals as well as grants to charitable organizations who serve children with communicative disorders.
SPECTRUM Autism Support, Education, and Resources provides Monthly Support Groups, Respite Programs and Family Camp geared toward supporting the entire family, while our Summer Day Camp, Overnight Camps and Social Skills Groups provide social opportunities for individuals of all abilities on the autism spectrum.