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March 14, 2010

Developing Your Autism Support System and Episode 2.3 Resources

Sometimes it takes a village

Developing Your Autism Support System
What happens if you can't be around for your children?  What do you do if you need surgery or a vacation? Do you have "backup" or a "plan b"?  This show we discussed how to set up a autism support system--who to consider--and where you should place them.


The Five Entities to your Autism Support System
  1. Family - (Your) parents, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts, inlaws
  2. Friends
  3. Community - Organizations, non profits, agencies local government, parks and recreation. ARC, Autism Society of America, local school district
  4. Online - Networks, organizations of like minded people for support and information - Autism Child Care Connection(shameless plug), IAN(Interactive Autism Network), Autism Speaks
  5. Government - Social Security Disability, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Public Assistance, Medical Assistance
Kinds of Support to Consider
Emotional
Informational
Financial
Instrumental/Active


Episode Resources
News and Views
Telling the Story: Autism in the Media
Focus on Foundation
http://www.donorschoose.org/



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