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Start Early, Start Strong

West Allis
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United States

In Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, there are 108 children that have recently been diagnosed with autism, but will wait two years before they receive a waiver from the county that will enable them to receive autism therapy. Many of these children come from low-income families that do not have insurance or other resources to pay for autism therapy, or their families are not able to pay due to being eligible for Medicaid. The Start Early, Start Strong program serves to equip parents with knowledge, gives them access to a network of other parents of newly diagnosed children, and introduces them to a single resource for their questions and concerns. This program provides education on ASD, informs on intervention options, explains funding sources, and describes how to access funding. Parents learn how to implement their own individualized home intervention program based on evidence-based methodologies.