Respite Care Inspired by Joey’s Gift
Offering families and their children with disabilities the gift of rest and renewal. Your donation to Joey’s Gift/Easter Seal scan help families overwhelmed by the strain of constant care-giving. The need for family caregiver respite services is urgent. Too many families with children with disabilities lack the information they need about existing resources that can help them keep their children safe and well at home. Too often, the unrelieved stress of 24-hour care-giving fractures families. Joey’s Gift/Easter Seals is creating a model caregiver respite program that provides essential services through trained volunteers.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.
- Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
ASAT is a not-for-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism. Since autism was first identified, there has been a long history of failed treatments and fads, levied on vulnerable individuals as well as on their families. From the scandal of the “refrigerator mother” theory, to the ongoing parade of “miracle cures” and “magical breakthroughs,” history has been dominated by improbable theories about causation and treatments.
Many of these treatments have been too quickly adopted by professionals, too readily sensationalized by the media, and too hastily embraced by hopeful consumers – well before supporting evidence or reasonable probability existed for their effectiveness or safety.
Since ASAT was established in 1998, it has been our goal to work toward adopting higher standards of accountability for the care, education and treatment of all individuals with autism.
For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Marcus Autism Center has been designated an Autism Research Center of Excellence and received an $8.3 million grant. It was a very exciting day and a wonderful event to highlight the trans-formative work taking place at Marcus.
Leading the Way in the Successful Treatment of Autism. The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) is one of the world’s largest organizations using applied behavior analysis (ABA) in the treatment of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, PDD-NOS, and other related disorders.
COPAA’s mission is to be a national voice for special education rights and to promote excellence in advocacy. Our primary goal is to secure high quality educational services for children with disabilities.
COPAA is premised on the belief that the key to effective educational programs for children with disabilities is collaboration -as equals- by parents and educators. This is the premise of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the federal statutes that guarantee children with disabilities a free, appropriate public education.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASDs, search for risk factors and causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASDs as early as possible.
Welcome to Special Education Law & Advocacy
The law firm of Special Education Law & Advocacy (SELA) has been established in St. Petersburg, since 1993 (previously known as Mark S. Kamleiter, Attorney). Building on his experience as an special educator and behavior specialist, Mark has developed this practice to the point where this firm is able to serve children with disabilities throughout the state of Florida. Our firm is committed to maintaining highly personal, close professional relationships with each of our clients. We also hope you will make this site your “go-to” site for the latest legal resources and information relative to Florida special education law and advocacy.