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The world of ASD and other developmental disabilities is, most likely, one with which you are entirely unfamiliar.  Finding appropriate services for your family member is often dependent upon their age at the time of diagnosis.  It is important to remember that New Jersey’s departments and services operate under federal and state laws and regulations which may result in some constraints in the delivery of services.  The information below provides the general steps that families can take to obtain needed services:
Eligibility requirements as well as possible costs associated with specific services vary from program to program.  If you are interested in Early Intervention services from the Department of Health and Senior Services, housing assistance from the NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency, Family Support Services from the Department of Human Service’s Division of Developmental Disabilities or any other service or program, make sure to visit the department’s web site or directly be in touch with staff associated with the services in order to ensure that you qualify for the program or service.  Below is a list of links that can help you determine your eligibility for some of New Jersey’s more heavily utilized services:
Next Steps: Connect with Support Groups/Systems
Find a Support Group or connect with a Support Parent:
  • To connect with a Support Parent, contact the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network at 1-800-654-SPAN.   You can also talk with a parent who has volunteered to be a mentor for other parents at SPAN.
  • Find a behavior therapist to teach you strategies for increasing the behaviors you want to see.  Your child’s doctor, the CECs or an Autism serving nonprofit agency such as Autism NJ may be able to help you find a Behavior Therapist.
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