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Be a Champion for WAAA and Walk With Me

As you know, our son Shayan was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. Shayan is a wonderful kid, and if you have ever met him, you will never forget him. His world centers around his electronics, and he endears himself to almost everyone he meets. He is caring and kind. However, he wasn’t always this way.

Raising a child with autism can feel like the loneliest job in the world.

The diagnosis can be distressing for parents – and finding the resources and support to help a child with autism succeed can be very challenging.

That is why I founded the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA) to help out the Autism Community. We are a group of parents, attorneys, relatives, and concerned citizens who want to improve how the state is responding to students with disabilities. The changes we have already made are incredible, and we have just begun. One area we are working on is to change the state policies so that public school can no longer restrain, handcuff, taser, or isolate disabled students simply because they act in an unusual manners, for behaviors that are a manifestation of their disability. It is hard to believe, but it is true, and chances are high that your school district has this policy. We’ve introduced a law that will change these practices.

If you can walk, donate, or help out in any way I would certainly appreciate it. Thanks for reading this far.

There are more than 15,500 school-age children in Washington who have ASD. They are entitled to special programs to help them become successful, yet these services are extremely difficult to obtain and negotiate with schools.

Without direct help, these children may face ineffective schooling and lack preparation for graduation and success in life. Your support will benefit local families who seriously need access to services such as special education advocacy, one-on-one assistance with the individualized education program (IEP)* at school and help understanding their legal rights.

Your donation will help WAAA provide their services pro bono to struggling families.

Please make a contribution today. Thank you for being such a good friend to kids with ASD!

Help fund the thousands of WAAA Families & Individual Advocacy insurance appeals, and IEP Supports WAAA provides

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, WAAA has been able to accomplish so much in the past year. We empowered 2,455 families through counseling, trainings and resources to secure treatment funding through private insurance and to secure effective services in public schools throughout the state. We made headway with the Office of Insurance Commissioner to issue regualtions on how insurance companies should cover autism spectrum disorders. We advocated for better training and a career path for para-educators as well as 1.256 million dollars in funding developmental and autism screening for toddlers suspected of having autism.

See more at http://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org/updates/get-involved/.

WAAA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible. Tax ID 35-2440624.

About Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy (WAAA) is fortunate to be a part of a community of organizations in Washington supporting families in unique ways. What differentiates WAAA is that we ensure all the services families depend on are funded in a meaningful way.

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At WAAA, we provide crucial resources while enhancing our community and advocate for implementation of key legislation to benefit the community.   WAAA provides the largest collection of resources available in the state to children and their families living with ASD.

We educate families on critical services and benefits for their children and provide access to a statewide resource directory. WAAA hosts specific training workshops, private counseling, and assessments. We review and evaluate Individualized Education Plans, school performances, analyze insurance plans and prescribed treatments, and assist with challenging and unlawful denials of insurance coverage. We pair families with an Advocacy and Resource Coordinator, who helps each family or individual to access the benefits and services they need and deserve which also includes assistance for Autistic adults and self-advocacy.

WAAA has worked since 2007 to remove barriers to insurance coverage of effective treatment for ASD in Washington State, and with the incoming Affordable Care Act transition and the critical support from the WA State Legislature, 2015 will be our most significant year yet.

Read more about WAAA and the Families we have helped here: http://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org/updates/stories-hope/

WAAA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible. Tax ID 35-2440624.

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