Local Nonprofit Offers Community Support for Autism Families
Families on the Spectrum is a support group for families of autistic children with outreach based on love, awareness and acceptance. Krissy Ramey is one of its board members, the parent of an autistic child, and an aggregator of information about real life with autism. Kate Lochte speaks with Ramey about the group and how you can get involved.
"I would say the first thing you absolutely need to do to educate yourself on what special education means, what an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is, and how to succeed in an ARC (Annual Review Committee) meeting... That's where all the decisions for your child get made. The most important thing when you have a diagnosis in a kid entering school is to educate yourself as a parent as to what the laws are, what is appropriate for your child and what isn't, and to form a relationship with the school administration that is going to be successful."