The purpose of this project was to locate a potential funding source and write a grant for an autism warm line in Orange County, California. The autism warm line would offer parents of newly diagnosed children with autism or those with a possible diagnosis of autism with support, awareness, and psychoeducation to help them gain a better understanding of the disability. Through supportive listening on the telephone, the social worker would enhance coping skills associated with having a child with a disability. The literature on this topic provides clear evidence that parental support is extremely helpful given the parental stress associated with navigating resources and finding solutions to problems associated with having a child with a disability. Help Me Grow in Orange County, the proposed program's host agency, is dedicated to improving outcomes for children birth to five years of age. However, there is no autism warm line in Orange County that provides critical information to parents seeking information about resources and support services available for children diagnosed with autism. The goal of this project is to provide funding for Help Me Grow to operate an autism warm line.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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