Family Supports

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PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

Autism Speaks Utah

UPC E-Journal: Autism
This e-Journal was created by the Utah Parent Center and is accessible to parents and professionals.  They have gathered together a selection of original and previously published articles.  Not wanting to “reinvent the wheel,” they have included information on accessing other publications, such as the Utah Special Educator.

Utah Special Educator Magazine: Autism
You have questions; they have answers.  This special monograph issues of the Utah Special Educator covers the breadth and depth of important issues surrounding the education of children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.  Many of the most dedicated, most talented educators and researchers in the US, including many from Utah are represented in this issue.

Utah Care Notebook – Organizing Your Medical Documents: Created by Utah Family Voices
A Care Notebook is an organizing tool for families who have children with special health care needs.  Use a Care Notebook to keep track of important information about your child’s health care.  This Care Notebook has been designed for families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care needs.  In caring for your child with special health needs, you may get information and paperwork from many sources.  A Care Notebook helps you organize the most important information in a central place.  A Care Notebook makes it easier for you to find and share key information with others who are part of your child’s care team.

BASICS FOR PARENTS

Your Child’s Evaluation
This publication describes the steps the school system will take to evaluate your child to determine if he or she has a disability and is eligible for special education. 1999, 4 pages.
This information is courtesy of The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilites (www.nichcy.org)

Parent to Parent Support
Ever wish you could talk to another parent whose child has the same disability as yours? This document describes the Parent to Parent Program, which matches parents in one on one relationships for sharing information, experiences, and emotional and practical support. 2004, 4 pages.

Parent Training and Information Centers

Looking for resources in your state and community? Need information about disabilities, the educational rights of your child, or strategies for being an effective advocate for your child? Call your state’s PTI—the Parent Training and Information Center—or your state’s CPRC—Community Parent Resource Center. This publication will tell you what PTIs and CPRCs do, how they help parents, and how to get in touch with yours. 2003, 4 pages.

SIBLINGS

Take a look at autism through the eyes of the siblings.  Learn about how they feel, what they think autism is and how they live with it.

The Utah Parent Center has a list of resources for siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  Download the PDF today!

SUPPORT GROUPS

Big MAK’s
Big MAK’s is a group of “Mothers of Autistic Kids” who rally around each other for encouragement, support and laughter.  MAK’s is not your “typical” support group, but you will find support from others who “get it”.

Link to UPC Support Group list
The Utah Parent Center also has a list of parent and family supports in Utah.  Learn more about the resources that are available by clicking here!