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RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Georgia Statewide Programs:
All About Developmental Disabilities: AADD Family Support Services provide a support system for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.
All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD)
Telephone: (404) 881-9777
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
Aid for Autistic Children Foundation, Inc.™
Mission: Reduce the financial burden on poverty stricken and disenfranchised families and caretakers coping with autism, through debt forgiveness, so attention and resources can be focused on creating a proper living and learning environment for their autistic loved one.
Babies Can't Wait: Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's comprehensive, coordinated, statewide, interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three, who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. Early intervention services may include assistive technology, audiology, family training and counseling, certain health services, medical diagnostic services, certain nursing services, nutrition services, occupational, physical, and speech/language therapies, psychological services, social work, special instruction, vision services, and transportation to services. The focus of Babies Can't Wait is to help reduce the need for special services later in life by helping children with developmental disabilities reach their maximum developmental potential.
Centers for Disease Control
Children's Medical Services: Children's Medical Services (CMS) directly provides or coordinates specialty medical evaluations and treatment for eligible children (birth to age 21) with chronic medical conditions. CMS provides or pays for comprehensive physical evaluations, diagnostic tests, inpatient/outpatient hospitalization, medications and other medical treatments, therapy, durable medical equipment, hearing aids, and dental care related to the child's CMS-eligible condition. Genetics Services provides diagnosis, counseling, and treatment for a wide variety of genetic conditions as a CMS service. CMS works closely with the primary care provider to coordinate services. The focus of Children's Medical Services is to provide quality care and financial assistance with services that will enable children to receive medically necessary specialty services. These medical services may prevent further complications from their condition(s) and will promote healthy growth and development.
Georgia Directory: http://health.state.ga.us/pdfs/familyhealth/csncoordinator.pdf
Web site: http://health.state.ga.us/programs/cms/
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities: Works with citizens, advocacy organizations, and policy makers to influence public policies that improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Provides collaboration through information and advocacy activities, program implementation and funding, and public policy analysis and research.
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., Ste 26-246
Atlanta GA 30303-3142
Phone: 1-888-ASK-GCDD (1-888-275-4233)
Web site: http://www.gcdd.org
Georgia Crisis & Access – Georgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD): Call or visit the Web site to locate services in your area
Web site: http://mygcal.com/
Georgia Parent Mentors - Provides training to individuals to help support others in getting services for their child with special needs. Parent mentors are moms and dads of one or more children with special learning and/or physical needs. They work within the school system by trying to build bridges between home and school. The parent initiative is spearheaded by the Department of Education's Division of Exceptional Students.
Web site: http://www.doe
Georgia Sensory Assistance Project: Provides technical assistance to children and youth with deafblindness from birth through 21 years of age and to their families and service providers.
Dept. of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3979
Atlanta, GA 30302-3979
Phone: 404-413-8312 (voice or TTY)
Toll-Free: 1-800 597-2356 (in GA)
Web site: http://education.gsu.edu/georgiadeafblindproj/
High Risk Infant Follow-Up: High Risk Infant Follow-Up provides services to infants, birth to age one, who are at increased risk for health and developmental problems due to their medical conditions at birth.
Toll Free: 1-888-651-8224
For Local Directory call Parent to Parent: 1-800-229-2038 or visit Web site http://health.state.ga.us/pdfs/familyhealth/csncoordinator.pdf
Marcus Autism Center: The Marcus Autism Center works with children who have developmental disabilities. They provide highly trained professionals skilled in child development, diagnosis and treatment of children with a wide range of neurological problems, find ways to help the children cope with their disabilities.
Web site: http://www.marcus.org/
Main Office: 1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329, Phone: 404-785-9400
Albany Outreach Clinic - 404-785-9350
Athens Outreach Clinic - 404-785-9350
Children's Healthcare at Alpharetta Highway - 404-785-9350
Columbus Outreach Clinic - 404-785-9350
Monroe Outreach Clinic - 404-785-9350
Savannah Outreach Clinic - 404-785-9350
Parent to Parent of Georgia – Provides support and information to parents of children with disabilities throughout the State of Georgia.
Web site: http://www.parenttoparentofga.org/
Georgia Programs Listed by City:
Albany – Albany Autism Center: The center will provide essential therapies: occupational, speech, behavioral/social support to newly diagnosed families and trainings/parent meetings.
2115 Dawson Road (Dawson Road Church of Christ)
Web site: http://www.dawsonroad.org/community_service.htm
Albany - Disabilities Support Group: For parents and professionals of children with special needs. The group meets on the first Wednesday from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM of each month except during December and the summer months.
Easter Seals of Southern Georgia
1906 Palmyra Road
Contact: Sue Rowland
Athens - The University of Georgia Speech and Hearing Clinic: Provides comprehensive audiology and speech-language pathology services for ages birth - adult. A sliding fee scale is available.
593 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602
Web site: http://www.coe.uga.edu/csdclinic
Atlanta - Amit Program: A centralized Jewish special education agency, provides a continuum of services to ensure that children, regardless of ability, can maximize their potential and participation in all aspects of Jewish education through partnerships with families, educators and the broader community.
Contact: Linda Zimmerman, Executive Director
6255 Barfield Road, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30328
Web site: http://www.amitatlanta.org
Atlanta -Disabilities Ministry of Archdiocese Atlanta: Provides local parishes with a variety of resources for people with disabilities.
680 W. Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Web site: http://www.archatl.com/ministries/disabilities/
Atlanta - First Presbyterian Church: Provides members, friends and community members opportunities to find support, counsel and partnership when parents are struggling with the challenges of raising children with learning and developmental differences. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM parents join to share their experiences, brainstorm ideas and gather support from others who are experiencing similar situations.
1328 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3209
Atlanta - FOCUS: Provides emotional, informational, and physical support to parents of children with disabilities or with ongoing medical needs.
3825 Presidential Parkway, Suite 103
Atlanta, Georgia 30340
Web site: http://www.focus-ga.org/
Atlanta - Interfaith Disability Connection: Educates and engages faith communities in cultivating mutually beneficial relationships with people with disabilities.
Contact: Mark Crenshaw , Director
Web site: http://www.interfaithdisability.org/
Atlanta - Jewish Family & Career Services: Provides comprehensive programs and services that strengthen the Jewish and non-Jewish family in all of its contemporary forms and lifestyles.
4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30338
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/jfcs.atlanta
Atlanta - Metro Atlanta Respite and Developmental Services – Serves disabled individuals ages 6 weeks – 44 years.
Contact: Ann Phillips
1335 Kimberly Road, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Columbus - Easter Seals West Georgia, Inc.: Easter Seals is a therapeutic care and education program where people with disabilities are stimulated and encouraged to achieve their optimum level of independence.
Contact: Sharon J. Borger
2515 Double Churches Road
Columbus, GA 31909
Web site: http://www.westgeorgia.easterseals.com
East Point - K & L Solutions: K & L Solutions is an Educational Consulting firm specializing in children with special needs: autism, pervasive developmental disorder, central auditory processing disorder, ADHD, Auditory Integration Training, etc. 3316 Harrison Rd.
East Point, GA 30344
Web site: http://www.klsolutions.org/index.php
Griffin –Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center: A therapeutic and educational center for children dedicated to developing the full potential of special needs children.
141 Futral Road
Griffin, GA 30224\\ Phone: 770-229-5511
Web site: http://www.steppingstonesschool.org/
Loganville - Families of Autism/Asperger's Syndrome Care, Educate and Support (F.A.C.E.S.) Autism Support Group: Providing support, information, speakers on various topics and family outings for Walton and surrounding counties. F.A.C.E.S. meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.
Summit Baptist Church
3080 Hwy 81 South
Loganville, GA 30052
Web site: http://www.georgiafaces.info
Marietta - Kool Kidz Foundation, Inc.: Provides programs and services where all children ages 4-15, especially those with physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs, can learn and play together in an inclusive and challenging environment.
P.O. Box 680936
Marietta, GA 30068-0016
Web site: http://www.koolkidzfoundation.org
Norcross – Developmental Disabilities Ministry: Provides and encourages a continuum of need-based services and Christian ministry for people with developmental disabilities so that each person may realize maximum developmental growth.
6320 Amherst Court
Norcross, GA 30092-6146
Web site: http://www.ddmga.org/
Savannah - Scottish Rite Communicative Disorders Center at Armstrong Atlantic State University
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997
Web site: http://www.armstrong.edu/Health_professions/Communication_sciences_disorders/csd_ritecare_center