As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists. It is especially helpful to talk with other parents who have gone through a similar situation before. The right support person will not only agree with the priorities you have laid out for your child but also will have a positive impact on the whole family.

But, remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.

“Who is rich? He/she who rejoices in his/her portion.”

Pirkei Avot - Ethics of the Fathers

Maryland/Baltimore Resources

Through its parent-to-parent network, the Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance (BJAA) provides you with an invaluable resource of someone who has navigated the same system and challenges. Your parent partner can offer advice and assistance and also serve as a sounding board for your concerns and frustrations. In addition, BJAA’s workshops and support programs present you with information in a non-threatening environment.

Jewish Community Services (JCS) provides a broad range of services that meet the diverse, multi-dimensional needs of individuals and families throughout Central Maryland. JCS is committed to helping individuals with special needs grow, learn, work and participate fully in community life. We provide a wide array of services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  JCS provides counseling, advocacy and case management services to children, adults and families of individuals with special needs. Other services include assistance with independent living skills, tutoring, and locating and obtaining special equipment.  JCS works with the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA) to obtain and fund resources and services.

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