Parent to Parent
If you are interested in talking with a parent who knows what you're going through, email Cindy Senseney, representative for the Family Support Network, or call 410-751-3955 to be linked to a parent with similar experiences!
Special Education Citizen's Advisory Council (SECAC)
SECAC is a partnership between families, educators and community leaders working to enhance services offered to students with disabilities. Everyone is invited. For more information, email Cindy Senseney, or call 410-751-3955.
Gluten Free-Casein Free Diet
If you would like to speak with a parent who has experience with the GFCF diet, please contact Anna Letaw by phone, 410-795-7950; or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. She is able to speak with you about the pros and cons of the GFCF diet, how to begin the diet, review foods and ingredient lists, and how to incorporate the diet in the school setting. She will often refer parents to TACA (see below).
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)
"TACA is a national non-profit 501(c)(3)organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism."
The organization holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the US. the Maryland & Washington, D.C. chapter meets in Severa Park the second Tuesday of each month. There are coffee groups that meet in Gambrills, Pasadena, Ellicott City, Gaithersburg and Sterling, VA. at varying dates and times. TACA has a lending library, access to Live Chat, and connections via Facebook and Twitter. For further information, click on the link below.
Pathfinders for Autism
A parent-sponsored, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. They are very active and offer great advice for families new to the diagnosis. Check the website for more information: www.pathfindersforautism.org