|Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities|
Autism is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. The diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity. Each child or adult with autism is unique, so their treatment and supports plans are also unique to fit the needs of the individual as best as possible. (Click here for more information.)
Cerebral palsy is one of the most common congenital childhood disorders. About 500,000 children and adults of all ages in the United States have the condition. Cerebral palsy affects muscle control and coordination, so even simple movements are difficult. Other vital functions that also involve motor skills and muscles such as breathing, bladder, and bowel control, eating, and learning may also be impacted.
Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system that affects 2.5 million Americans. More than 180,000 people are diagnosed with Epilepsy every year. Seizures are a common symptom of Epilepsy and may vary from person to person. Some people have a simple staring spell, while others experience shaking.
Speech and Language Disorder
Speech and language disorders affect a person's ability to talk, understand, read, and write. Such disorders have different causes, and may range from a few speech sound errors or repetitions of sounds or words to a total loss of the ability to use speech to communicate effectively. Between six and eight million people in the United States have some form of language impairment.
Sensory Integration Disorder
Sensory integration disorder or dysfunction is a neurological disorder that results from the brain's inability to join together certain information received from the body's five basic sensory systems. These sensory systems are responsibile for detecting sights, sounds, smell, tastes, temperatures, pain, and the position and movements of the body. Research indicates that up to 70% of children who are considered learning disabled by schools have sensory integrative disorders
The Family Support Subsidy (FSS) is a community-based, family centered support service that makes it possible for children with developmental disabilities to remain with and return to their birth or adoptive families. The subsidy provides monthly payment ($222.11) that the family must spend on special needs that occur as a result of caring for a child with a severe disability at home.