This handbook, developed for trustees, provides an overview of special needs trusts. It offers definitions of important terms; identifies the different types of special needs trusts; and covers various topics such as trust administration, income taxation, eligibility for public benefits programs and more.
View the Guide – Special Needs Alliance: Administering a Special Needs Trust
This guide, developed by Seattle’s Children Hospital, offers seven steps that parents and caregivers of children with autism can take to establish a positive bedtime routine. These steps are intended to help children sleep better by adding structure and consistency to their bedtime routine.
View the Guide – Seattle Children’s Autism Center: Positive Bedtime Routine
This article discusses ways for parents to address persistent sleep disturbances that children with autism and other developmental disabilities may experience. It encourages parents to examine environmental variables that may be creating sleep difficulties and consider developing a sleep training method. This article also provides guidelines relating to bedtime routines.
View the Article – The Autism Society: Establishing Positive Sleep Patterns for Children on the Autism Spectrum
The purpose of this guide is to provide general information about autism to teenagers who are not familiar with autism. It provides examples of the challenges that individuals with ASD may have in regards to communication and socialization. Additionally, it offers tips on how to be a friend to a person with ASD in order to encourage peers to accept physical, developmental, and intellectual differences that people may have.
View the Guide – The Autism Society: Growing Up Together – Teens with Autism
This guide provides information for families at different stages of the autism diagnosis process to assist them in finding services and supports for their children. It contains information about signs and symptoms of autism; health coverage assistance; treatment and inventions; educational services; and community resources and other family supports.
View the Guide – Rhode Island Department of Health: Resource Guide for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This article is intended to help provide families with important information and suggestions for supporting siblings of individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities. It outlines twelve important needs of siblings and offers tips to address these needs. Additionally, it addresses the positive outcomes that siblings frequently mention as a result of growing up with a brother/sister with a disability.
View the Article – The Autism Society: Sibling Perspectives: Guidelines For Parents
Social Security is the federal government program that insures individuals and families for when a worker retires, dies, or becomes disabled. The Autism NOW fact sheet on Social Security describes the types of Social Security programs as well as the eligibility requirements and how to apply.
View the Fact Sheet – Autism NOW Fact Sheet: 社会保障
People who self-advocate take a proactive role in their own life. The Autism NOW fact sheet on self-advocacy explains the beliefs of those who practice self-advocacy and describes where and how you can take part.
View the Fact Sheet – Autism NOW Fact Sheet: 维护自己的权利
People often assume that individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities are not interested in developing romantic relationships. However, building relationships and learning about sexuality are very natural desires that all people have and want to express. It is important for loved ones to support individuals developing relationships so that they can achieve a fulfilling quality of life.
View the Fact Sheet – Autism NOW Fact Sheet: 关系与性
Public school students that have special needs, including people with autism and other developmental disabilities, may qualify for support services provided through Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). IEPs are required under federal law in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Autism NOW Fact Sheet on IEPs can help you learn more about the development and disputing of Individualized Education Programs.
View the Fact Sheet – Autism NOW Fact Sheet: 个性化教育方案 (IEPs)