Saturday, March 31, 2012

Where To Start-Alaska

ALASKA EARLY INTERVENTION

In 1990 the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act required states to develop and implement early intervention programs for infants and children from birth to 3 years of age with disabilities or delayed development. Part C (as it is now known) encourages children that have a 50% deficiency in one or more areas of physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional or adaptive developments to be referred for early intervention services. It has been found with early intervention there is a reduced need for later special need services. There are also specific diagnosed conditions which prequalify children because of the high probability of developmental delays. Once identified by a medical provider or family the child is referred for assessment by a multi-disciplinary team which may include physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and/or developmental specialists, subject to the availability of the area. No child is turned away because of inability to pay, however if insurance is available they will be billed.

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/ocs/infantlearning/default.htm

http://hss.state.ak.us/gcdse/Publications/pdf/ILP.pdf





For more information please contract the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education
Toll free in Alaska 1-888-269-8900 / (907) 269-8990


ALASKA DOWN SYNDROME CONGRESS-FACEBOOK

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-Down-Syndrome-Congress/118739141565376


ALASKA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME CONGRESS

http://www.alaskadownsyndrome.org

Phone (907) 337-7691
Email akwaldrons2@alaska.net / akdadshd@aol.com


MEDICAID WAIVER PROGRAM

This program offers certain home and community based services. These services are available for a limited number of eligible individuals with developmental disabilities. It can take years after you apply to obtain this service. You must qualify and be placed on a waiting list for a slot to open. These services include: case management, crisis abatement, residential habilitation, consultation services, specialized medical supplies (not paid for by insurance), physical adaption services, and extended prescription services. It is recommended you begin this application process early to be placed on a waiting list after eligibility is determined. Down’s Syndrome is not an automatic qualifying diagnosis, it is based on the needs of the child.

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dsds/grantservices/hcbwaivers.htm



THE ARC OF ANCHORAGE

From birth to old age, The Arc of Anchorage has a full array of disability services for Alaskans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Alaskans served and their families are free to choose disability services that best meet their needs. The recognize each person they serve has specific dreams, ambitions and interests, as well as aptitudes and abilities apart from the disability he/she experiences. Their services are individually tailored to meet the needs and goals of each person they serve.

2211 Arca Drive, Anchorage AK 99508
Phone: (907) 277-6677
Fax: (907) 272-2161
http://www.thearcofanchorage.org/


TEFRA (Tax, Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982)

TEFRA is a specialized category of Medicaid for disabled children living at home, who do not qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to parental income and meet specific disability requirements.

http://dpaweb.hss.state.ak.us/e-forms/pdf/med15.pdf


GENETICS SERVICES

Meg Kurtagh, Clinic Manager
Genetics Clinic
Alaska Division of Public Health
Women’s, Children’s and Family Health
3601 C Street, Suite 322
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-269-3430


EASTER SEALS ALASKA

http://alaska.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=AKDR_homepage
You can also reach Easter Seals at:
907-277-7325 phone
907-272-7325 fax
Or, via regular mail at:
670 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 105
Anchorage, AK 99503

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