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April 2019
Supported Decision Making
What is Supported Decision Making? Why is it important?

Supported Decision Making is supporting a person in making decisions without removing their rights.

Learn more about Supported Decision Making and how Tennessee is addressing this important step in policy from the TN Council on Developmental Disabilities and The Arc Tennessee.
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TRIAD's Families First Program: Supporting Young Children with ASD and their Caregivers
Feedback from caregivers of young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is that they are often overwhelmed and frustrated after receiving their child’s diagnosis and during the process of securing services due to a lack of funding or insurance coverage for these services, an insufficient number of specialized providers, and waitlists for available services. In response to this, in 2008, The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) sought to develop a workshop program committed to training caregivers in a way that removes traditional barriers to service access. Through an initial charitable contribution, the TRIAD Families First Program was created. The program focused on equipping caregivers with practical tools to support their child while having an opportunity to meet other caregivers with similar needs. READ MORE>>

What is Tennessee's Plan for Autism?
Diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are growing at a rapid pace, nationally and within Tennessee. In April 2017, Tennessee passed a bill that created the TN Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The role of the council is to establish a long-term system of care for individuals with ASD and their families. Interested in geting involved? Attend the next meeting on April 30, 2019 in Nashville. READ MORE ABOUT THE COUNCIL HERE >>
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By Karen Mevis
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CALLER: My grandson Clifton has Autism, and sometimes he is really inappropriate around other people, even more so than my other grandchildren when they were his age. Adolescence is a challenging time, and he’s 12. My daughter-in-law doesn’t seem to notice it much, but I do, and I was thinking there might be something that could help him. He withdraws so much and I worry about him. 

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A Look Ahead to May
Mark your calendars now for these important activities:

May 4th:
Redondeo de recursos Para los padres

May 5th:  MJCC Special Needs Workshop Series

May 23rd:  2019 Tennessee Disability MegaConference

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Pittverse Magazine is a quarterly publication written exclusively by adults diagnosed with ASD.
This project is partially funded under grant contracts with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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