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CNY ASA Spectrum Support

Spectrum Support (formerly known as Parent Connections) is a peer-to-peer service for parents, caregivers and professionals of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, seeking support and peer guidance throughout their journey, now and into the future.

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Our Goal:
The goal of CNY ASA Spectrum Support is to support our local community to offer resources, help, and assistance wherever possible. We have many seasoned members and professional contacts, and can pull from those vast resources.

We are here to support all families, through all stages of living with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Areas of Support (we offer support including, but not limited to, the topic areas listed below)

Do you suspect an autism spectrum disorder? Seeking a diagnosis, or recently received one?

Early Intervention
How do you know that you are receiving the most appropriate services? Learn to become your child’s advocate.

Medicaid Waiver (HBCS)
How can you begin the process, and when? What can Medicaid Waiver do for your child and family?

Choosing a Preschool
This is an important and emotional decision. What kind of environment and therapy do you want for your child?

Kindergarten and beyond!
Another big step, and so many other parents have gone through this and have valuable advice!

IEP meetings, situations in the community, and interactions with friends and family: Find ways to advocate and educate others about your child’s needs.

Special Diets
Thinking about trying a special diet? We have parent volunteers who can work with you to share the process.

Special Needs Childcare:
This is a particular weakness in community offerings. Let’s share ways to get around this obstacle to get quality care
for our kids!

School Programs
Know about some great programs at different school districts? Let’s share ideas!

We will keep you connected to the latest conferences and community events related to autism!

Alternative Therapies
Let’s talk about what others have tried, and what seems to improve the quality of life for a good number of individuals on the spectrum.

There is a lot of support to be gained on Facebook. Find the CNY ASA fan page and keep up with the latest information. Use the Discussion Board tab to post questions.

Siblings are a huge part of the family dynamic. Let’s talk about those joys and challenges!

Family Well-being
Keep your relationships on track and make time for the other adults in your life!

Meet other families, form new friendships, and talk about ways to support each other

Useful Resources

Visit the Links & Resources page for helpful local/national resources.


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