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    ABLE Accounts (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act)

    A person with a disability and that person’s family may put money into a special tax-advantaged account.  The first $100,000 in an ABLE account will not count against the $2000 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) resource limit, nor will it count against asset limits of other programs, such as Medical Assistance, may have.  For more information, or to start an ABLE Account please click on the link below.

    Autism Treatment Assistance Program (ATAP)

    Nevada’s Autism Treatment Assistance Program (ATAP)  Autism Treatment Assistance Program (ATAP) was created to assist parents and caregivers with the expensive cost of providing Autism-specific treatments to their child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    Nevada Medicaid Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services

    ABA is a covered service when rendered to Medicaid eligible individuals under age 21, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), based on individual determinations of medical necessity.

    Autism 100 Day Tool Kit and many other Tool Kits available

      The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit were created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism or AS/HFA. This site also has Tool Kits for Behavioral Health Treatments, Blood Draw at the doctor’s office, Dental, Medication, Guide to Toilet Training, Sleep, and many others.  Anyone can download the 100 Day Kit or any of the other Tool Kits for free!

        Autism Speaks Tool Kits

          Families whose children have been diagnosed in the last 6 months may request a complimentary hard copy of the 100 Day Kit of the AS/HFA Tool Kit by calling: 888-AUTISM2 (888-288-4762) and speaking withy an Autism Response Team Coordinator. *Note: We are unable to ship kits internationally.

            Grandparents & Extended Family

            Grandparents can enjoy a special relationship with their grandchildren.  They are often willing to read the same story over and over, play a silly game, or say “who’s there” to a knock-knock joke more times than they can count.  These resources, funded by MetLife Foundation, were developed to support grandparents in whatever role they play in the lives of young grandchildren.

            "Katie Beckett" Option

            Section 134 is also known as the “Katie Beckett” Option – Under Section 134 of the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), States are allowed the option to make Medicaid benefits available to eligible children with disabilities who would not ordinarily qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of the parents’ income or resources.

            Life Stages Tool Guide

            Life Stages Tool Guide – The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) has created the Life Stages Guide; a tool to help individuals with disabilities and their families plan for, and make informed choices to live the most self-determined life they can at any age. It represents the viewpoints of individuals with disabilities, parents and family members on what they found helpful, wish for their future, or wished they had thought about during the different ages and stages in life. It also includes information on self-determination, and a list of various resources and services. We hope you will find this guide informational and useful for you, your family members and/or consumers. The guide is available in three forms: on our website ( under Resources, and through the NGCDD office as an actual handbook.

            National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

            IDEA Early Intervention Family Guides - CADRE's major emphasis is on encouraging the use of mediation, facilitation, and other collaborative processes as strategies for resolving disagreements about children's programs and support services.  These four family guides are designed to explain the dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA: mediation, written state complaints and the due process complaint and hearing procedures specific to families with infants or toddlers with disabilities (Birth through Age 2).  The companion resource, "Quick Guide to Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Processes for Infants & Toddlers (Birth through Age 2)" offers a side-by-side look at dispute resolution options under Part C of the IDEA.

            Nevada Parent Advocacy Initiative

            Nevada Parent Advocacy Initiative: By Parents, for Parents—It’s all the insider information about Nevada’s Early Intervention Services system in one common place. This project consists of a parent Facebook support page for families with children in Early Intervention Services, information to give parents the basic knowledge they need to access and utilize services effectively, and a website that shares with everyone.

            Nevada Partners In Policymaking

            Nevada PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING, directed by the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, is an intensive and innovative national model of leadership training, designed to teach parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy and to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.
            PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING is all about…
            • Leadership skills and developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other individuals who make policy decisions about services that you and/or your family use.
            • Systems change—creating, working towards, and achieving a vision of shared values about people with disabilities.
            • Becoming confident in oneself, competent in the knowledge and information received, and comfortable in sharing the life experiences and expertise one brings to the program.
            If you are interested, visit their website.

            Possibilities: A Financial Resource For Parents of Children with Disabilities

            When your child is diagnosed with a disability, it can be overwhelming—emotionally and financially—on you, and perhaps your child and family as well. You realize, maybe suddenly, that you must change or modify plans for your child's future. Even the most stable of families face financial challenges. Yet, in caring for your child with special needs, those challenges can make for urgent situations.
            Considering the reality of this can be very difficult. This publication was created for parents of children under the age of 18 who have disabilities. It is a simple, straightforward resource to help you get organized, manage money, and plan for you and your child's financial future and overall well-being.

            The Arc’s “Center for Future Planning”

            Planning ahead can help guide a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is important throughout all stages of life and especially in the future after the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support. To better serve families and individuals with I/DD in future planning, “Build Your Plan” is a tool that enables families to create accounts and begin to build their plans within the Center.

            The TACSEI Backpack Connection

            The TACSEI Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home. The Backpack Connection Series includes handouts in four categories:

            • Addressing Behavior

            • Emotions

            • Routines and Schedules

            • Social Skills

            Click below to explore additional materials. 

            Upcoming Conferences or Workshops in Nevada