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Babies 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

Division 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

Department 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.

Respite Care:
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
Suite 5203
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.

Georgia Advocacy Office:
100 Crescent Center Parkway
Suite 520
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (404) 885-1234 or (800) 346-4127 (in GA); Fax: (850) 488-8640;

Georgia Insurance Department:
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
Suite 716, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334
Ph.: (404) 656-2056 or (800) 656-2298

Georgia 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;

Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities:
2 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 3-210
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.

Parents Educating Parents and Professionals for All Children:
6613 East Church Street
Suite 100
Douglasville, GA 30134
Phone: (770) 577-7771 or (800) 322-7065; Fax: (770) 577-7774;
E-mail: peppac@bellsouth.net

Parent 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:
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

Vocational Rehabilitation Centers:
Department of Human Resources
Division of Rehabilitation Services
2 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 35-403
Atlanta, GA 30303-3142
Phone: (404) 657-3002

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Educational Resources

Learning About Your Child's Educational Rights
No Cost Publications

Children 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.

Georgia Advocacy Office:
Call to obtain a free copy of a very helpful book on the special education process called Advocating for Your Child's Education.

Advocating for Your Child's Education

The Georgia Advocacy Office
999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 870
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

(404) 885-1234
(800) 537-2329
(404) 607-8286 (fax)

U.S. 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.

Education Publication Center
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
E-mail: edpubs@net.ed.gov
On-line ordering: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html

Funding Sources

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Eligibility Criteria:
  1. You must be 65 or older, or blind, or have a disability
  2. You must be a U.S. citizen or be in the U.S. legally
  3. You must meet income eligibility
Where to Apply:
  1. You can apply at your local Social Security Office
    or call 1-800-772-1213
Deeming Waiver (formerly Katie Beckett Waiver)
Eligibility Criteria:
  1. The child must be disabled
  2. The child must be under the age of 18
  3. The child must be a resident of Georgia
  4. The child must be ineligible for SSI due to income and/or resources including that deemed from the parents
Where to Apply:
  1. Your Local Department of Family and Children Services
Department of Human Resources Regional Boards Family Support Funds
Eligibility Criteria:
  1. You or your family member must have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. You must be a Georgia Resident
Where to Apply:
  1. You can apply at your local Regional Board Office

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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.