Monday, April 15, 2013

Northwest Ohio Workshop on Autism Family Funds, and Places Where Other Families Can Get Funds

On Wednesday, May 22nd, the parents of children on the autism spectrum can attend a free workshop conducted by Tammy Eisenreich of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disability, either in the morning (10-11:30 a.m.), or evening (6-7:30 p.m.) at the Holland Branch Library on how to get funding for your child's education or treatment.  For more information or to sign up, contact Ms. Eisenreich at 419-356-3824 or  She will discuss not only sources of funding, but how to knowledgably approach insurance companies on coverage that you may already have, but have not known how to use, and how to keep your ear to the ground for other sources of funding.  She will also discuss the documentation that you will need to qualify for these benefits and apply for them. I've been to one of her workshops in the past, and it was an informative and worthwhile event.

If you live elsewhere or can't make it, there are other sources of information about funding to help out the families of kids on the autism spectrum.  Some of them have been written about on this blog, but there are others: this listing from Austism Speaks, this from Autism Cares re: aid for families in times of natural disasters, this from the Autism Support Network, this from the Heart of Texas Autism Network, and this list on the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disability--put together by Ms. Eisenreich herself.  And network with the other parents--they will help you find out new things, and new techniques to get funding and insurance coverage.  Also, if you have workplace insurance for your family, work with your human resources office to find the best way to apply for benefits. 


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