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Screening and Diagnosis

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be difficult, since there is no medical test, like a blood test, to diagnose the disorders. Doctors look at the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis.

ASD can sometimes be detected at 18 months or younger. By age 2, a diagnosis by an experienced professional can be considered very reliable. Diagnosing an ASD takes two steps:

  • Developmental Screening
  • Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation

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Birth to 3 Years

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is Georgia’s statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established as Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (http://www.ed.gov/) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development.  Read More…

3 Years and Older

If your child is 3 years old or older, call your Special Education Department in your local public school system. These phone numbers are available in the blue pages section of your phone book under County Government or online here.

Education is the most effective treatment for children with autism. However, autism presents educators with some unique challenges. Children with autism have unusual intellectual and academic profiles that vary. No two children are alike. Therefore, no one program exists that will meet the needs of every individual with autism.  Read More…

Know Your Rights

There are key laws in place for families with a child who has a disability. These laws include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Various agencies, organizations and advocacy groups can provide guidance and information about these laws.  Read More…

Autism Insurance: Ava’s Law

Children under the age of 6 who have been diagnosed with autism (or other terminal conditions) are guaranteed $30,000 of insurance coverage per year towards treatment specifically for autism spectrum disorders. Insurance coverage includes treatments of commonly used interventions for autism spectrum disorders, such as physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), applied behavior analysis (ABA), speech-language therapy (ST), and marriage and family therapy.  Read More…

Waivers

We have two informational Waiver sections: NOW/COMP and TEFRA/Katie Beckett Program.

NOW / COMP
Overview: The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with a developmental or intellectual disability. Read More…

TEFRA / Katie Beckett Program
Overview: The Department of Community Health (DCH) provides Medicaid benefits to eligible children through the TEFRA / Katie Beckett Medicaid program under §134 of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1982 (P.L. 97-248). Read More…

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