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Georgia's Resources for Autism

April 15, 2015
A blue stethoscope.

Parents of autistic children are well-acquainted with the challenges of raising a child on the spectrum. There are different kinds of health care costs, educational needs and support systems that families need as they raise their child.

Recently in Georgia, the topic of autism help made it to the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. SB 1, known as “Ava’s Law” or “Georgia Insurance Reform,” was passed by the General Assembly and opened the door for autistic children to receive insurance coverage for their medical expenses.

In light of SB 1’s advancement of autism health assistance, here are a few resources for Georgians who have a loved one diagnosed with autism:

Getting a diagnosis

If you think your child or a family member might have an autism spectrum disorder, you can find a medical center nearest you that can provide a diagnosis.

Learning the basics

If your child has recently been diagnosed with autism, you can request a complimentary 100-Day Kit from Autism Speaks to help you and your family transition to this new phase of living with autism.

Different types of therapy

Georgia has a variety of therapies available for people with autism, with options ranging from speech therapy to music therapy.

Support groups

Parents and family members of autistic individuals can find a support group in their county by visiting the Autism Society of Georgia website.

For more information on the variety of resources available for those with autism, check out the full list of available options on the Autism Speaks website. You can also sign up for the 2015 Walk Now for Autism fundraiser in Atlanta on April 26.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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