Special Needs Planning

Individuals with disabilities, including those living with autism spectrum disorder, need guidance and support to integrate into their communities, as well as to be successful in schools and beyond. There are many types of programs out there including support groups, counseling and educational groups to help them adapt to their surroundings.

Support Programs

After a person has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, a next step may be to find services that can support the person as they live, work, and interact in the community. Services can be provided through a wide array of local, state, and federal programs as well as through various private professionals and organizations that work in various fields, including medicine, education, and therapy. Services may vary depending on the age of the person with an autism spectrum disorder and their particular strengths and needs as well as on the ability or wishes of families of people with autism spectrum disorders to provide support within the family.

Military Families

More than 100,000 military families have members with special needs. These include spouses, children, or dependent parents who require special medical or educational services. Whether it’s a parent’s upcoming deployment or relocating to a new duty station, these major changes can often be difficult for everyone, especially those with disabilities.