PARENT SUPPORT SERVICES
As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists. It is especially helpful to talk with other parents who have gone through a similar situation before. The right support person will not only agree with the priorities you have laid out for your child but also will have a positive impact on the whole family.
But, remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.
“Who is rich? He/she who rejoices in his/her portion.”
The JAFCO Children’s Ability Center
Serves children from birth through age 22 diagnosed with a developmental disability, including autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or Prader-Willi. They offer therapeutic services, child enrichment services, family support, respite care, support groups and parent training. They also offer Camp Kehilla, a special needs camp for children ages 3 – 22 with developmental disabilities.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities – (CARD)
Provides services to people of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder or Rhett’s Syndrome and individuals with a dual sensory impairment with other handicapping conditions. Also offers support to families and professionals involved with these individuals.