What we do
Our mission is to ensure that all children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) & other developmental disabilities (DD’s) have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society. We do this by helping families access ASD & DD health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services, regardless of their personal financial situation.
How we do it
Our organization works diligently to bridge the gap between the many health and education policies that exist to serve children and adults with ASD and other DD’s, and the educators, politicians, and medical providers who want to support these policies but don’t always succeed in doing it.
We focus on:
- Providing pro bono guidance, counseling, coordination, training, resources, and legal support to families and professionals, to help them attain effective autism treatment and socially significant rehabilitative programs statewide.
- Offering pro bono community services such as support groups, a respite care program, and peer social communication portals so families of children with ASD and other DD’s can connect, share experiences, and feel less overwhelmed by the intensity of caring for an autistic child.
- Lobbying for legislation that directly supports and improves the health, safety, and education of children and adults with ASD and other DD’s, then working to connect the dots to make sure the policies are actually implemented to support those in need.
What your funding makes possible
Washington State has an estimated 15,500 children with ASD, and many of them are from low-income families. We want every one of them, rich or poor, to have an equal chance to thrive and succeed in life.
With your financial support, WAAA can:
- Provide both full-service health law advocacy and full-service education case management free of charge, enabling families in need all across Washington to receive critical health and education benefits to care for their autistic children.
- Expand our statewide network of parent partners and advocates, thereby shortening the time between a family’s need for support and receipt of that support.
- Develop a statewide network of autism healthcare providers (including behavioral and allied health treatments) who will serve all patients, regardless of their funding source (Medicaid, private insurance) or ability to pay.
- Continue our push for laws to expand funding and training for all public school teachers, not just special education instructors.
- Pursue litigation to hold public and private insurers and institutions accountable to provide the kind of care that families, children, and adults who are dealing with ASD deserve.