Can't Wait Early Intervention Program:
Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service
delivery system for infants and toddlers (birth up to their third
birthday) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless
of their disability, access to services that will enhance their development.
Phone: (404) 657-2726 or (888) 651-8224
for Exceptional Students:
The Division for Exceptional Students exists to help local school systems
provide special education and related services so that all children
with disabilities can develop into productive and successful citizens.
GA Department of Education
1870 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-3963; Fax: (404) 651-6457
of Human Resources Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities
and Addictive Disorders (MHDDAD):
The division of MHDDAD serves people of all ages with mental illness,
mental retardation and substance abuse problems. Georgia's MHDDAD regional
boards are the contact points for people needing help. The regional
boards are responsible for planning, coordinating, contracting for services,
and evaluating all publicly supported hospitals and community programs.
In the metro Atlanta, you can call Georgia Community Support and Solutions.
You can also contact your local DHR
Regional Board and/or Parent to Parent of Georgia (listed below)
for Respite resources.
Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit
organization that is committed to offering accessible, comprehensive
dental treatment to patients having developmental disabilities in the
metropolitan Atlanta area.
52 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 942-0086; Fax: (404) 942-0088
Dental listing on the internet shows dentists available to serve
people with disabilities. To find the dental referral, click here: www.dmh.dhr.state.ga.us then click on "Dental Reports"; then simply choose the region
or county you want to see.
100 Crescent Center Parkway
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (404) 885-1234 or (800) 346-4127 (in GA); Fax: (850) 488-8640;
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Suite 716, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Ph.: (404) 656-2056 or (800) 656-2298
Learning Resource System (GLRS):
The Georgia Learning Resource System (GLRS is a statewide network of
17 resource centers offering free services to parents and educators
of students with disabilities. Specific services include: a loan library
of specialized instructional materials, software, and equipment; parent
and teacher training workshops and classes; Materials production area
for users to make "hands-on" instructional materials at most
centers; referral and information about services for students with disabilities;
Child Find program to identify children with disabilities and help find
appropriate programs for them.
Statewide GLRS coordinator: Phone: (404) 657-9958;
Council on Developmental Disabilities:
2 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-2126 or (888) 657-2133; Fax: (404) 657-2132
The word "Lekotek" is Swedish and literally means "play
library." Lekotek's mission is to include children with disabilities
into their families, schools, and communities. For children with physical,
cognitive, and/or sensory disabilities, it is a chance to explore new
possibilities using select toys and to participate with peers and family
members. Specific programs include: Toy-lending Program, Computer Evaluations,
Computer Club, Summer Computer Camp, and Support Groups.
Educating Parents and Professionals for All Children:
6613 East Church Street
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: (770) 577-7771 or (800) 322-7065; Fax: (770) 577-7774;
to Parent of GA:
Parent to Parent of GA is a non-profit organization providing support
and information to parents of children with disabilities. Services are
based on the philosophy that one of the most meaningful sources of support
are other parents who have experienced parenting a child with a disability.
All services are free.
Phone: (800) 229-2038 or (770) 451-5484
Tools for Life increases access to appropriate assistive technology
devices and assistive technology services for all Georgians with disabilities
so they can live, learn, work, and play independently in communities
of their choice.
1700 Century Circle Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (800) 497-8665
Department of Human Resources
Division of Rehabilitation Services
2 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3002
About Your Child's Educational Rights
No Cost Publications
with special needs are entitled to a "free, appropriate public
education" in the "least restrictive environment" according
to public law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - IDEA).
In order to learn more about your child's educational rights, contact
the following organizations.
Call to obtain a free copy of a very helpful book on the special education
process called Advocating for Your Child's Education.
for Your Child's Education
Georgia Advocacy Office
999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 870
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
(404) 607-8286 (fax)
Department of Education, Education Publication Center:
Call or log onto this web site to request a variety of free publications
offered through the U.S. Department of Education including A
guide to the Individualized Education Program which walks
you through the IEP process step by step.
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 1398
Jessup, Maryland 20794-1398
Toll Free: (877) 4ED-Pubs (433-7827)
Toll Free TTY/TDD: (877) 576-7734
Fax: (301) 470-1244
On-line ordering: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html
Security Income (SSI)
must be 65 or older, or blind, or have a disability
must be a U.S. citizen or be in the U.S. legally
must meet income eligibility
can apply at your local Social Security Office
or call 1-800-772-1213
Waiver (formerly Katie Beckett Waiver)
child must be disabled
child must be under the age of 18
child must be a resident of Georgia
child must be ineligible for SSI due to income and/or resources
including that deemed from the parents
Local Department of Family and Children Services
of Human Resources Regional Boards Family Support Funds
or your family member must have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
must be a Georgia Resident
can apply at your local Regional
- Disclaimer: The Emory Autism Center does not specifically endorse these programs,
but rather provides this information as a convenience for persons
attempting to gain further knowledge in areas of interest. The family or the individual
must determine whether or not a particular
service is appropriate and applicable to their unique situation.