EMQ Families First has announced the launch of a new program to serve families dealing with autism. This Autism Spectrum Disorder program will serve San Bernardino County. According to their press release:
EMQ FamiliesFirst works closely with families, primary and specialty care physicians, pediatricians, schools and community agencies to provide and coordinate a continuum of high quality services. The program serves children with ASD and other developmental disabilities and their families at home, in school or at our clinic. Our extensive services for children and families range from assessments to home-based and school consultation to professional development. We are committed to helping families throughout California receive the services they need at the earliest point possible.
According to their web site:
The ASD program is available for families through private pay, insurance and through pediatrician referrals. In 2012, California passed the Autism Insurance Reform Law requiring that California insurers and health plans cover individuals with autism. (That law has been extended through January 1, 2017.) In 2014, the Affordable Care Act, which mandates coverage for Autism, will give families expanded access to affordable insurance options.
To refer a child to the ASD program, call (909) 266-2703 or email InlandEmpire-Autism@emqff.org.
They accept private pay, insurance and Obamacare.
If you live in other areas of the Inland Empire, such as Riverside, programs are available for you, as well.
The Autism Society operates a number of programs and offers services in the inland Empire for individuals and families dealing with autism. This little-understood condition makes it difficult for an autistic individual to relate to others, to learn in school and to become a productive member of society.
This month’s activities include a teen/adult Halloween party, bowling and a visit to Mr. Joe’s Farm. In December, Autism Society Inland Empire (ASIE) is partnering with the University of Redlands Educational Justice Department for a conference on Sat, Dec 7th “Technology + Collaboration = Communication & Access for Special Education Students.” Conference registration is $50 before Nov 15th, and $75 after.