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The services, organizations or providers listed on this page are intended as resources for our community. Please note that Spectrum does not endorse or promote any of the resources provided below. Please use the contact information provided below for each resource to obtain more information.
If your child is in crisis and you need immediate assistance, you can reach the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225.
Another resource is Laurel Heights Hospital in Atlanta at 404-888-5475. Laurel Heights has an acute care unit for crisis with 6 weeks of intervention or more with parent training included. For more information, visit www.laurelheightshospital.com.
Please note that Spectrum does not endorse or recommend the above providers but simply lists them here as a community resource.
The Gwinnett Helpline is a free and confidential information and referral service meeting the growing needs of our Gwinnett County residents. By making a call to the Gwinnett Helpline at 770-995-3339, residents can talk to experienced volunteers who can help locate the type of service the caller needs - - anything from family problems, shelter, health services, child care, substance abuse, employment, food, legal services, senior issues and so much more.
Do you need funding for summer camps? Or other Spectrum programs?
NEW! View Point Health has family support options that may cover some of the cost of the Spectrum camp programs. Ashley Daniel is the Family Support Coordinator for View Point Health in Region 3. Contact Ashley directly at 678-209-2597, Ashley.Daniel@VPHealth.orgby email or through the View Point Office at 678-209-2555. Download View Point family support application at the bottom of this page.
How many of you have applied for Autism Family Support funding? GCSS 404-634-4222 (Nicole Brickhouse) - download Georgia Community & Support Solutions (GCSS) forms at the bottom of this page.
How many for respite services? GCSS 404-634-4222 (Arthur Blackburn)
Did you know you can use Autism Family support or respite dollars to pay for any Spectrum programs? All of our programs provide respite for families and you can request for funds for Spectrum respite programs (whether Saturday social, Thursday night meetings, Saturday respite at Duluth Baptist, day camps, overnight camps, overnight weekends or Fall Family Weekend). We have a partnership and agreement now that will allow this. So apply today! Even if the funds only pay a portion, it is a help!
We are now able to provide funding for the majority of the program costs, so take advantage of this funding source! www.gacommunity.org. Download GCSS info at the bottom of this page.
Who Is Eligible? Families of individuals 3 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability and live in the following counties may be eligible to receive respite services: Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Rockdale, Newton, and Douglas county. If you are interested in receiving respite care please complete the form at the bottom of this page. GCSS will be more than happy to help guide you through the process. The initial form is very short and easy! Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you know who may benefit! And, this includes Asperger's!
How Can I Begin Using Respite Services? Fill out the form and you should be approved and in the system within 30 days or less!
*GCSS will be in contact with you within 3-5 business days upon completion of the form. For immediate assistance call (404) 634-4222. Once approved for respite dollars you can register and let us know the amount you are approved for to apply to your costs. We will be happy to take care of requesting and receiving respite vouchers to make it as easy and hassle free as possible for you!
How many have signed up for the GAP scholarships? You need to register for the Tracy Smith Memorial Fun Run to qualify. www.helpfillthegap.org.
Childkind - family support services - www.childkind.org (404-248-1980)
We hope some of these resources make it possible for you to enjoy more of Spectrum' s programs!
AADD - Family Support Services
All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families harness opportunities for a meaningful life. Founded in 1951 by a group of parents, and incorporated in 1956, AADD is one of the longest running agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities in Georgia. Our programs and services are focused in three key areas: Family Support Services, Employment Services and Community Engagement.
Autism Plan for Georgia's vision is that high-quality, family-centered, comprehensive, and coordinated systems of services and supports are accessible and available to all children with autism and related disorders. Visit their website and download their packet of resources today. http://ga-autismplan.com
www.NationalAutismNetwork.com is the largest online resource for the autism community offering resources such as a Social Network, Provider Directory, Events Calendar, Discussion Forums, expert written content and so much more. Contact them at 919-439-0750.
Does your child or family love being out on the lake or ocean?
We have now partnered with the Swansong Foundation to provide training for their skippers and mates to provide sailing experience for those with autism. We currently have 3 Spectrum families involved in piloting their free program.
Respite Gwinnett meets at HiHope on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10am to 4pm and is a respite day for those with developmental disabilities in our community, ages 3 to adult. Contact Georgia Community Support and Solutions to register for this program 404-634-4222. This program is to offer parents a break and qualified caregivers are there to care for your child with severe, moderate or mild autism.
EMORY UNIVERSITY BEST BUDDIES PROGRAM
Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that promotes the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At Emory, we pair these individuals in one-to-one friendships ("buddy pairs") with the university students. Each month, we have chapter events where all members of the program meet together. We also encourage our Emory participants to contact their buddies outside of chapter events (through phone, e-mail, etc.) at least twice a month.
Typically, we have one chapter event each month of the school year (September, October, November, possibly December, January, February, March, April). These usually take place on Emory's campus in Druid Hills. Past events include karaoke, soccer, tye-dying, arts and crafts, watching movies, basketball with the Emory basketball team, potlucks, and more. Events are typically two hours and almost all of them are on Sunday afternoons.