Plain Language Guides. Tailored to your family.
There are lots of services available to help children with disabilities and their families. But it can be hard to learn about the options and figure out how to apply.
Each Guide will walk you through these processes step-by-step, featuring:
- Key information from expert sources written in plain, easy to read wording
- A personalized checklist of action items, based on your answers to questions we ask at the beginning of the Guide
- Saved progress so you can come back to your Guide at any time, on any device
What to Do When You Think Your Child May Be Different
If you think that your child seems different than other kids their age, this Guide will help you find out what the issue is, and get support for both you and your child.
What to Do When Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism
Getting an Autism diagnosis can be scary, but we’ll show you what to do next! Learn about autism and find out what services you can put in place to help you and your child.
How to Get Started with EarlySteps
EarlySteps is a system of services for kids from 0-3 years old. Learn how it can help your child if they are behind in their development, and how to apply for this critical service.
Getting Special Education Services from the School System
Every child has a right to a free public education that works for them, even if they have a disability. Learn how to make sure that your child gets the educational support they need.
Waivers may be the most important benefit you can get to support your child or family member throughout their life. We offer 3 separate Guides:
- How to Apply for Medicaid Waivers
- What to Do While You’re Waiting for a Waiver
- How to Set up a Good Plan of Care
How to Get the Most from Health Insurance
Learn how to get health insurance (including Medicaid or Healthy Louisiana) and how to get the most for your family member.
How to Apply for SSI Benefits
SSI is Supplemental Security Income. Learn about how this federal benefit can help your family, and how to apply for either a child or adult.
How to Support the Transition to Adulthood
Learn about how to help your child prepare for life after age 22, whether it’s going on to college, getting a job, or finding support for their daily life.
Employment: How to Prepare for Getting a Job
Learn about programs that can help you or a family member train for a job, find a job, and get personal support while on the job.
How to Seek Supported Living and Housing
Learn who to contact to help you find the right living situation, and how to get the support to make it work.
How to Manage Decision-Making for Adult Children
Learn how to assess your adult child’s ability to make their own decisions, and apply for legal permission to help them – at the right level. (This is sometimes called Guardianship.)