A guest speaker, Alison Baucom, Behavior Analyst, shared the following with our parents last fall:
Navigating the world of special education, therapies, and medical providers is exhausting--- we call this the special care industry. I've shared an application with you today called Connections with the intent to support you in navigating the special care industry.
Lamarque Polvado began working to create the Connections application after receiving a diagnosis of autism for his daughter and walking out of the doctor's office with nothing more than a Center for Disease Control printout on autism. He created the Connections application to provide caregivers with free information about where they can access the services they need for their children and family.
The Connections application can be used on your phone, tablet, or on the web. It provides a comprehensive (and growing) list of local resources pertaining to caring for an individual with a special need. The main categories of resources include: Education, Medical, Nutrition, Family, Recreation, and Therapy. Within each category are a number of subcategories organizing specific local resources from financial support to pediatricians to special education lawyers and more.
The Connections application is new and continuing to improve. Some of the unique features include matching users with providers that accept their insurance and the ability to create multiple profiles on one account (so each of your children's medical team and providers can be organized in one place). Future updates will include a Care Map suggesting untapped resources to better support individuals based upon their diagnoses.
Sharing the application is easy--- login, click Share the App, and enter a phone number or email. Please feel free to call, email. or text with any questions. While I'm not an expert in the application, I've actively been using it and would be happy to support you.
Carestarter link: carestarter.co/carestarter-app/patients
Alison Baucom, M.Ed., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Baucom Behavioral & Educational Services