What resources are available for minority children with autism?
Services vary from State to State. Federal guidelines state that all children are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education.
When the child reaches the age to enter school this is an area where, based on an educational diagnosis, parents who understand their parental rights can find basic services such as speech and language, social work, occupational therapy and placement in a categorical classroom with highly qualified staff knowledgeable in best practices and interventions for people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Special Education is not a place…it is a service for the younger child, prior to the age for school entry, most parents and guardians should be able to obtain help from the State Government to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan an IFSP. This would include medical evaluation and services.