Children with Special Needs

Having a baby is an overwhelming time to say the least, but learning that your baby (or child) has special needs may, for some, be more than overwhelming. Below are some resources to help you make a difference in the quality of life for you and your family.

Community Resources

Emory Autism Center – The Walden School

The Emory Autism Center is a component of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. The program was opened in 1991 as a public, private and University collaboration. Since opening, the center has become a national model for diagnosis, family support and innovative treatment, as well as a vital source of professional training.

Families of Children under Stress (FOCUS)

A non-profit organization, FOCUS, began in 1983 offering emotional, informational, and physical support to parents of children with disabilities or with ongoing medical needs. The organization provides a network for parents and children in the community as well as an in-depth library of resources for families of special needs children.

Marcus Autism Center

This unique center is located near the Emory campus and specializes in diagnosing, treating and researching developmental disabilities effecting children and their families. The center is staffed by some of the most highly trained professionals in the United States. They are committed to helping children realize their greatest potential, giving them and their families a higher quality of life. Their programs focus on support, opportunity, encouragement, and pride. The Marcus Center works with children, their caregivers, schools, social services, and the medical community.

State of Georgia – Babies Can’t Wait

Babies Can't Wait (BCW) is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. BCW is established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which guarantees all eligible children, regardless of their disability, access to services that enhance their development.

Parent to Parent of Georgia

Parent to Parent provides support and information to parents of children with disabilities. Its focus is to help parents find others dealing with similar family circumstances and addresses issues of education, information, and advocacy.

Georgia Community Support & Solutions

Founded in 1999, Georgia Community Support and Solutions (GCSS), a non-profit agency headquartered in Atlanta, provides community-based services and supports to people with disabilities and their families. GCSS has broadened its mission and creative options of service to include people with Mental Health and Addictive Diseases and those who are in need of Aging and Support Services.

Emory Department of Pediatrics – Neonatology

This unique department at Emory provides quality state-of-the-art neonatal and pediatric care. What makes them different, however, is that they are also committed to improving how care is given for children, through scientific research as well as training the next generation of leaders in pediatrics. They are Georgia's largest multidisciplinary practice serving children not only through the Emory Children's Center, but also through Emory's alliances with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Memorial Hospital, Dekalb Medical Center at Hillandale and Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) strives to enhance the lives of children through excellent patient care, research and education. It is one of the nations leading hospitals for children. All aspects of patient care are designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families. Physicians working at CHOA have all received years of additional training in pediatrics and in their area of specialty. They only treat children and focus on their specific needs.

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