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Childcare and Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Child Care   Kennedy Krieger Institute 707 N. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21205 800-873-3377 Evaluation and treatment for children with learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system and other conditions. Respite for families who have children with special needs.   Deaf, …

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Advocacy Resources for Children with Disabilities Highlights from our disability directory

Advocacy AUTISM SOCIETY OF BALTIMORE-CHESAPEAKE P.O. Box 10822 Baltimore, MD 21234 410-655-7933 baltimoreautismsociety.org The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake is a volunteer organization founded in 1976. We were created to help serve the autism community in Baltimore. Our organization provides information, advocacy and support for families and individuals.   First Maryland …

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Disability Advocacy and Autism Resources for the Baltimore Area

Advocacy AUTISM SOCIETY OF BALTIMORE-CHESAPEAKE P.O. Box 10822 Baltimore, MD 21234 410-655-7933 baltimoreautismsociety.org The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake is a volunteer organization founded in 1976. We were created to help serve the autism community in Baltimore. Our organization provides information, advocacy and support for families and individuals. First Maryland Disability …

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Daisy, left, was adopted through Kennedy Krieger's Therapeutic Foster Care program

A Compassionate Response to a Caregiving Crisis Children with complex medical conditions and in need of foster care find hope in Baltimore-area foster family support programs

  A typical week for Melissa Hanna might include doctor’s appointments; occupational, physical or speech therapies and learning as she goes. She is a foster parent for two medically-complex children younger than age 1 through Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Therapeutic Foster Care program. This program provides a hands-on approach to foster …

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Girl with down syndrome with her teacher in school

Finding the Right School for Special Needs Students How to find the perfect fit for your child

  Parents want the best education possible for their children. But when you parent a child with special needs, deciding which school will best support your son or daughter’s needs is not easy. We spoke with educational planning experts who specialize in understanding the academic and social-emotional needs of neurodiverse …

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Autistic child girl holding ribbon symbol of colorful pieces of jigsaw together for day of raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.

Benefits of Early Diagnosis for Children on the Autism Spectrum How can early diagnosis of ASD and access to care help kids on the spectrum achieve their potential?

  During Maya’s* first birthday celebration, her mother knew something was different. “We were singing ‘Happy Birthday,’ and she had such a blank stare. In that moment, I knew something was off,” recalls Elizabeth Chaillou, who perhaps had special insight into typical childhood milestones given that Maya is the youngest …

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