Raising a child with a developmental disability such as Autism Spectrum Disorder can have a huge impact on a family’s finances. Families of children on the spectrum often have less income because one parent may need to leave the workforce to be the primary caregiver. In addition, the expenses of an ASD diagnosis can span the individual’s lifetime. Those expenses can include but are not limited to fees related to various therapies, special education, medications, co-existing medical conditions, legal fees, and more. Fortunately, there are some great resources available to families for free!
Able Eyes uses a variety of techniques to capture real life experiences from several perspectives for the purpose of teaching, exploring, and reducing anxiety of the unknown including resources such as virtual tours of businesses and video modeling of daily living skills.
by Autism Institute at the Florida State School of Medicine
Autism Navigator, created by the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, is for families of children between birth and age eight with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis or at risk, as well as the providers that support them. Autism Navigator provides resources such as online courses, live webinars, and more.
The Big Red Safety Box
by the National Autism Association
The Big Red Safety Box is a free resource offered to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Big Red Safety box is full of products, information, and resources to help keep children on the spectrum who may be prone to wandering or eloping safe.
Families With Autism Journey Guide
by The Autism Community in Action
TACA’s Autism Journey Guide is free thanks to American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. This guide is written based on the experiences of TACA families, professionals, and contains best practices and alternative ideas for treating autism both medically and via traditional therapies.
by Milestones Autism Resources
Milestones Autism Resources develops Tool Kits in response to some of their most frequently asked questions. Tool Kits are a great way to pinpoint more detailed answers and additional suggested resources, and have been developed to assist with your personal planning and navigation of common challenges on topics such as: accessing leisure, challenging behaviors, first diagnosis, school, sleep, toilet training and more.
If you are looking for more resources for your family, feel free to reach out to me for more information about my free concierge service through Collaborative Corner for Exceptional Children. Your family doesn’t have to spend hours looking for credible resources. I am here to help.