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  • Contact | Helping Hands

    Contact Us We welcome any questions, comments, or feedback you may have. If you have any inquiries regarding our non-profit or the services we offer, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have and to provide support in any way we can. To get in touch with us, please fill out the form below, click the let's chat button, email info@acn-sa.org or call us at (210) 435-1000. Contact: Contact First Name Last Name Email Phone Address Subject Type your message here... Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • RESIDENTIAL SERVICES | Acn Home

    < Back RESIDENTIAL SERVICES About Residential Services Our residential services resources provide information on residential options available for individuals with autism who require support with daily living skills. These resources can help families find appropriate residential options for their loved ones with autism. ADULT RESIDENTIAL SERVICES Complete Life Care – Cade’s Cove House 210.520.0774 6647 Cade’s Cove, SA TX 78238 ICF-MR/RC Council Oaks Community Options 210.646.0717 Provides ongoing evaluation; planning; 24-hour supervision; coordination; and integration for health or rehabilitative services in a protected residential setting to individuals with disabilities; please call for a full listing of available programs; fees; scheduling and eligibility. Dreams Come True Assisted Living 210.979.6420 3242 Swandale St, SA TX 78230 State funded group home for men ages 19 and above with disabilities; provides a protected residential setting; ongoing evaluation; planning; 24-hour supervision; coordination and integration for health or rehabilitative services to help men with disabilities function at their greatest ability. Please call for a full listing of available programs; fees; scheduling; eligibility and availability. Most insurance including Medicaid and Medicare accepted. Eldorado Adult Living Center 210.599.8656 Mailing Address: PO Box 33487, SA TX 78265 Physical Address: 12302 Gran Vista St, SA, TX 78233 El Dorado Adult Living Center offers assisted living for people with disabilities by offering comprehensive and individualized health care and rehabilitation services to individuals to promote their functional status and independence in San Antonio; Texas. Assists males ages 18 and up. Medicaid and private pay only. Enhanced Living Services 210.599.4449 4422 Centergate St., SA TX 78217 ICF-MR/RC, HCS Hill Country San Antonio Management, Inc 210.340.8256 Web: www.hillcountrysanantoniomanagementinc.com 3355 Cherry Ridge, Ste. 108, SA, TX 78230 Hill Country San Antonio Management Inc. is a Medicaid based program that provides services to Individuals with disabilities in the Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi areas. Hill Country San Antonio Management Inc. is a Home and Community Based Services (HCS) provider agency; and we also provide services to individuals enrolled in the Texas Home Living (TxHmL) program. Some services provided include nursing, physiological and physical therapy. For information about services offered; please call. Clients need to be assessed by AACOG prior to being accepted for residential services. Medicaid and Medicare are accepted insurances. Homelife & Community Services, Inc 210.736.3334 Web: https://homelifeandcommunityservices.com/ 2401 Wilson Blvd., SA TX 78228 HCS, Texas Home Living General Revenue Lifetime Living, Inc 210.651.0279 Web: http://lifetimelivinginc.com/ E-Mail: info@LifetimeLivingInc.com Central Main Office: 5425 N. Loop 1604 E., SA TX 78247 Specializing in community-based services for those with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Home & Community Based Services (HCS), Texas Home Living Services (TxHmL), Classes, & General Revenue Services (GR); Accept Traditional Medicaid thru Approved Medicaid Waiver Programs & Private Pay. Mission Road Ministries 210.924.9265 Web: www.mrmsat.org E-Mail: info@mrmsat.org 8706 Mission Rd, SA TX 78214 We provide each child with professional; 24-hour AWAKE care by trained; attentive staff allowing the child to thrive and grow into a successful and happy adult. We provide our partnering families with time and respite from the 24/7/365 care that often overwhelms families with children with special needs. Our caregivers are rested and ready to provide focused and loving for each of the children in their care. Our caregivers are not distracted like parents and foster parents are with other obligations like cooking dinner; doing laundry; driving other children to practices. They are 100% focused on the special children in their care. Furthermore; our caregivers all participate in 50+ hours of professional training each year. Our greatest strength: three 8-hour shifts of ready; rested and loving caregivers providing 24/7/365 awake care. For more info, you can call Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM. Mission Road Ministries - Campus Cottages 210.924.9265 Web: https://www.missionroadministries.org/programs/children/ 8706 Mission RD, SA TX 78214 Mission Road provides residential care for children (3 to 17 years of age) with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in five homes on our 22-acre South San Antonio campus. Mission Road cares for children from all areas of Texas. To schedule your own private campus tour please call, or you can also take a virtual tour of the campus on the website. Mosaic of South Central Texas 210.967.0566 Web: www.mosaicinfo.org 1804 NE Loop 410, SA TX 78217 Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with disabilities living in group residences. All services are provided in a typical community-based setting which includes individuals living as roommates in a group home setting. Individuals receive 24-hours a day to provide assistance with completing daily living skills; meal planning and preparation; budgeting; shopping and medication administration. Assistance provided include matching a person receiving services with someone who provides the assistance needed for daily living in a family-like or roommate like setting. Residential and facilitative services include: skills training and adjunctive therapies with 24-hour supervision and coordination of the individual program plan. Providence Place - Legacy Program 844.546.8697 Web: www.provplace.org E-Mail: info@yourstore.com 6487 Whitby Rd., SA TX 78240 Two residential programs for young adults with disabilities after high school. Both are 2-4 years in length and teach/practice work and independent living skills. Oasis Home is an eight bed ICF Group Home and Legacy is an apartment living program for a young person who is already independent enough to not need supervision (case management is provided). Premieant 210.525.1509 1218 Arion Pkwy., Ste. 106, SA TX 78216 HCS and Texas Home Living providers; Provides services to individuals with disabilities like group homes; foster care and transportation to doctors’ visits; serves those 18 years old or older; HCS and Texas Home Living providers. R & K Specialized Homes, Inc 210.805.0802 Web: www.RKhomes.net 1550 NE Loop 410, Ste. 206, SA TX 78209 ICF-MR/RC, HCS A for-profit provider of Medicaid and private pay programs for people with disabilities; provides Dayhab; vocational and supported employment services. The Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) is a Medicaid program that provides residential services in the community through group homes. Services include; adaptive aids; specialized therapies; behavioral supports; community supports; respite and nursing. Primary eligibility requirements include a diagnosis of disability and the individual must live at home with their family or on their own. Clients need to be assessed by AACOG prior to being accepted for residential services. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; tours of facilities can be arranged by calling office. Reaching Maximum Independence (RMI) - Group Homes 210.656.6674 Web: http://www.rmihomes.org 6336 Montgomery Dr., SA TX 78239 Reaching Maximum Independence; Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the San Antonio area live and work as independently as possible. --Our group homes; supported apartment programs and foster care services allow individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to choose the residential option that best meets their needs. Rescare - Residential Services and Home Health 210.979.7009 Web: http://www.rescare.com 3700 Belgium Ln, SA TX78219 ResCare Residential Services provides support to adults and children that need assistance with daily living. With almost four decades of experience in the disabilities services field; we are the country’s leading provider of services to people with disabilities. We offer a comprehensive range of services through: Community Living; Signature Services (day services/sheltered employment; respite/home care; case management; support services - physical; occupational; and speech therapy/nursing); Signature Quality and Training Programs; Rest Assured Telecare; and Supported Employment. Clients need to be assessed by AACOG prior to being accepted for residential services. Medicaid and Medicare are accepted insurances. River Gardens 830.629.4400 750 Rusk St., New Braunfels, TX 78130 ICF-MR/RC South Texas Community Living Corp 210.494.1030 Web: https://icltexas.com/ 2391 NE Loop 410, Ste. 110, SA TX 78217 ICF-ID, HCS; South Texas Community Living Corporation is an Intermediate Care Facility for individuals ages 18 and older with disabilities. We operate 6-bed group homes and an array of additional services to meet the needs of those individuals. We provide the full array of the following HCS services below: Audiology; Adaptive Aids; Behavioral support; Case coordination; Day habilitation; Dietary; Direct care in 3 and 4- bed group homes; Direct care in the natural home (Supported Home Living); Host (Foster) Care; Minor home modifications; Nursing (LVN and RN); Occupational; Physical and Speech therapy; Respite care; Social work; Specialized dental care and supported employment. Eligibility is done thru AACOG; Medicaid is accepted. Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Southwind Fields 210-526-1567 Web: www.southwindfields.com 6851 Citizens Parkway, Ste. 224, SA TX 77829 The Southwind City Locals program is designed for men and women of a wide variety of abilities. Whether living in their own place, or at home with a caregiver, a Southwind Local Advisor will come to them. If living at home is what's best for now, we'll help build skills to reach new levels of independence towards tailor made goals. City Locals already living in the community, may stay in their current place of residence, should they choose to do so. Those moving to the area, or who would like to relocate, may reside in an affordable Southwind partnership apartment complex, maintaining their own lease agreements, while enjoying the fellowship and community of living alongside other Southwind City Locals. City Locals receive basic case management services from our City Local Advisors, who will check in several times weekly to assess health & safety of the living environment, bus training (if appropriate), assistance with assuring bills are paid on time (if applicable), and the offer of assistance for financial management, employment search and retention (if applicable), medical needs, personal care, and independent living skills training. Specialized Home Life 210.599.8656 12302 Gran Vista, SA TX 78233 POBox33487, SATX 78265 ICF/ID Group Home The Arc of San Antonio Web: www.arc-sa.org Northeast side: 13430 West. Ave., SA TX 78216.................210.490.4300 North side: 6530 Wurzbach, SA TX 78240...........................210.682.4200 Day habilitation program; Life Enrichment and recreation for, teens and adults, ages 14 or older with developmental or other cognitive delays, 1-8 ratios; M-F, six-hour program; before and after care available. We accept HCS, General Revenue, and private pay; part-time available. Teen recreation program offered only during the summer. Limited reduced slots. The Center for Health Care Services 210.434.7001 Web: www.chcsbc.org 806 S. Zarzamora St., SA TX 78207 Assists adults suffering from mental illness; provides Adult Mental Health Intake and Crisis Management. Applications are taken on a walk-in basis from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Availability is on a first come first serve basis. Bring a valid ID; proof of income; and proof of residency. Yes I Can 210.599.6668 10807 Perrin Beitel, Ste. 100, SA TX 78217 HCS; call from 8-5 CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICES CLASS Community Living Assistance and Support 877.438.5656 Interest list in Austin for individuals with a diagnosis of development disabilities and related conditions. Deaf/Blind Multiple Disabilities Program 877.438.5658 Interest list in Austin for those with diagnosis of deaf, blind, and a developmental disability. HCS - Home and Community Based Program 210.832.5020 Interest list in San Antonio for individuals with a diagnosis with intellectual disabilities. MDCP - Medically Dependent Children’s Program 877.438.5658 Interest list in Austin for individuals with a need for skilled nursing services up to age 21. YES - Youth Empowerment Services 210.735.2341 For children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to live in the community with their families. Previous Next

  • Alma Patricia del Angel, MD

    < Back Alma Patricia del Angel, MD Chief Medical Officer & Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Dr. A Patricia Del Angel graduated from medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. She did her pediatric residency training at Lincoln Hospital and Mental Health Center/New York Medical College, where she also served as chief resident. In addition, she completed a fellowship in child development-behavioral pediatrics at King Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, and received her specialist certification in infant mental health from the Early Childhood Center at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. Dr. Del Angel has most recently served as a pediatrician at People’s Clinic in Austin and as a developmental-behavioral specialist in the pediatric residency program at UTMB Austin. Previously, Dr. Del Angel was the clinical director of the Southwest Area Children’s Hub in Los Angeles for thirteen years. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Del Angel is the proud aunt to two neurodivergent children. ap.delangel@acn-sa.org (210) 435-1000

  • EDUCATION | Acn Home

    < Back EDUCATION About Education Services Our education resources provide information on evidence-based interventions and educational programs designed for individuals with autism. These resources can help families find appropriate educational settings and interventions that can help individuals with autism succeed in school and beyond. HIGHER EDUCATION Northwest Vista College – Access Office 210.486.4466 Web: https://www.alamo.edu/nvc/academics/resources/access-disability-services/ CCC204, 3535 N. Ellison Dr., SA TX 78251 E-Mail: nvc-access@alamo.edu Contact: Sharon Dress, Coordinator Our Lady of the Lake University Students with Disabilities Office 210.431.4010 Web: www.ollusa.edu Sueltenfuss Library, Room 125, 411 SW 24th St., SA TX 78207 E-Mail: nomonsibais@ollusa.edu Contact: Nicole Monsibais, ADA Coordinator Disability services and tutoring Palo Alto College – Disability Support Services 210.486.3020 Web: https://www.alamo.edu/pac/admissions-aid/disability-support-services/ Palomino Center, Room 116, 1400 W. Villaret, SA TX 78224 Contact: Cindy Morgan, Coordinator –Student Success E-Mail: cgibbs3@alamo.edu Contact: Greta Rodriguez, Sr. Generalist – Student Success E-Mail: grodriguez405@alamo.edu San Antonio College – Disability Support Services 210.486.0020 Web: https://www.alamo.edu/sac/about-sac/college-offices/disability-support-services/ Moody Learning Center, Room 1 Floor, 1819 N. Main Ave., SA TX 78212 Contact: Jennifer Alvizo, Director E-Mail: jalvizo2@alamo.edu Contact: Patricia Sanchez, Advising Team Leader E-Mail: pgorentz@alamo.edu St. Mary’s University 210.436.3011 Web: https://www.stmarytx.edu/campuslife/student-services/accessibility/ One Camino Santa Maria, SA TX 78228 E-Mail: stmudsts@stmarytx.edu Welcome to St. Mary’s University’s Disability Support Services. St. Mary’s University ensures effective access to its programs, services and activities for all qualified individuals with documented disabilities. Effective access is accomplished through a variety of accommodations and services tailored to meet each individual student’s strengths and unique needs. Disability Support Services ensures access; the student supplies the success. Trinity University – Student Accessibility Services 210.999.7411 Web: https://www.trinity.edu/directory/departments-offices/student-accessibility-services Halsell Center, Ste. 201, One Trinity Place #85, SA TX 78212 E-Mail: sas@trinity.edu University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Student Disability Services 210.458.4157 Videophone: 210.591.7318 Web: www.utsa.edu/disability One UTSA Circle, Rm. 3.01.16 Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS), San Antonio, TX 78249 E-Mail: disability.services@utsa.edu Contact: Dr. Dianne Hengst, Director Student Disability Services or Stacy Mason, Associate Director University of the Incarnate Word – Student Disability Services 210.829.3997 Web: https://my.uiw.edu/sds/ Administration Bldg., Rm. 105, 4301 Broadway, CPO #286, SA TX 78209 MUSIC Dreams Fulfilled Through Music 210.771.5809 Web: www.dftm.org Contact: Mary Kathryn Archuleta, Executive/Artistic Director E-Mail: dftm.alamoangels@gmail.com P.O. Box 1233, Helotes, TX 78023 Adaptive Music Therapy/Music Therapy/Performance Opportunities. For all ages. SCHOOLS (K-12) The Achievers Center for Education 210.690.7359 Web: https://www.achieverssatx.org/ University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala Rd., SA TX 78249 A secondary school for children 6th-12th grade who are two or more years behind grade level in any academic area; accepts students with and without disabilities and learning differences; features a low student-teacher ratio and hands-on teaching methods. Brighton Center 210.826.4492 Web: www.brightonsa.org 14207 Higgins RD., SA TX 78217 Child Development Center: 265 E. Lullwood, San Antonio, TX 78212 Throughout San Antonio and Bexar County, Brighton Center provides developmental and educational services to children of ALL abilities. With a holistic, family-centered approach, we offer enrichment and development through an inclusive early childhood education program, as well as therapy services, counseling, case management and special education support & services. Clowvazar Academy 210.690.4800 Web: www.clowvazar.com 12746 Cimarron Path #120, SA TX 78249 The Clowvazar Academy is a year-round alternative education school for Kinder through 12th grade. Our staff works with children who are Special Ed, General Ed and Gifted-and-Talented. We take students with anxiety, high-functioning autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other similar learning differences. We have a large General Ed population. During the summer, we also offer an affordable summer school program. FEAST (Home School Support) 210.342.4674 Web: https://homeschoolfeast.com/ 7735 Mockingbird Lane, San Antonio, TX 78229 The Foundation School for Autism - San Antonio 210.402.0253 Web: https://www.foundationschool.net/ 2235 Thousand Oaks, Ste. 130, SA TX 78232 The Foundation School for Autism is a public charter school for autistic children ages 3-7 with a focus on early intervention. Tuition is FREE. Kim's Learning Solutions, LLC 979.236.5286 Web: http://kimslearningsolutions.com/contact-us/ E-Mail: bilikimcornwell@gmail.com 16007 Via Shavano, Suite 102, San Antonio, TX 78249 Learning solutions that address both the strengths and the needs of the individual Private tutoring and assessments/evaluations. One for Autism Academy 210.680.8737 Web: www.oneforautism.com 1216 W. Ave., SA TX 78201 One For Autism, Inc. was established to serve children, youth and adults of all levels of functioning while providing a comprehensive individualized program, aimed at enhancing language and communication, social, play, academic, and independent living skills. Public School Education Service Center Region 20 Education Service Center 210.370.5200 Web: www.esc20.net 1314 Hines Ave., SA TX 78208 Contact: Janet Enriquez 210.370.5381 Region 13 Education Service Center 512.919.5313 Web: www.esc13.net 5701 Springdale Rd., Austin TX 78723 Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children 210.824.0579 Web: www.sunshinecottage.org 603 E. Hildebrand, SA TX 78212 A private, non-profit, accredited school for both hearing impaired children and hearing children. Children with hearing loss are taught to listen and talk through the use of digital hearing aids or cochlear implants. The Newborn Hearing Evaluation Center is a diagnostic testing site for newborns: insurance and Medicaid accepted. The Parent Infant Program (birth to three) is available, at no cost, for parents with hearing impaired infants and toddlers. Weekly sessions, parent support groups, nurturing classes, Family and Me Outings, in-home visits and free audiological services are part of this program. Full-day classes encompass State standards with integration of technology in the curriculum, placing emphasis on developing oral-language skills. Classes have a low student-to-teacher ratio of 7:1 and begin with three-year old’s through the fifth grade, combining children with hearing loss and children with typical hearing; generous scholarships available. SCHOOL DISTRICT AUTISM PROGRAM CONTACTS Bexar County Alamo Heights ISD 705 Trafalgar, SATX 78216 210.442.3700 Director: Kris Holiday www.ahisd.net East Central ISD 6634 New Sulphur Springs Rd. SA 78263 210.648.7861 Director: Mary Eitinear & Nina Pugh www.ecisd.net Edgewood ISD 900 S. Eduardo, SA 78237 210.444.8103 Director: Jose Hinojosa www.eisd.net Harlandale ISD 12121 S E Loop 410., SA 78221 210.989.5250 Director: Della Taylor www.harlandale.net Judson ISD 8205 Palisades, SA 78233 210.945.5348 Director: Theresa Arocha-Gill www.judsonisd.org Lackland ISD 2460 Kenly Ave., Bldg. 8265,SA 78236 210.357.5042 Director: Hans Palmer www.lacklandisd.net Military ISD Co-op (Ft. Sam, Lackland, Randolph Field) 3921 Bowley, SA 78234 210.368.8771 Director: Hans Palmer https://www.fshisd.net/ North East ISD 8961 Tesoro Dr., Ste. 500, SA 78217 210.407.0185 Director: Carol Bushnell www.neisd.net Northside ISD 5651 Grissom Rd., SA 78238 (210) 397-8742 Director: Krista Garcia www.nisd.net San Antonio ISD 1702 N. Alamo St., SA 78215 210.225.2406 Director: Kristen E. Williams www.saisd.net Schertz-Cibolo- Universal City ISD 200 W. Schlather St. Cibolo, 78108 210.945.6426 Director: Kim Williams www.scuc.txed.net Somerset ISD PO Box 279, Somerset 78069 1.866.465.8828 Director: Ramiro Nava https://www.sisdk12.net/ South San ISD 5622 Ray Ellison Blvd. SA 78242 210.977.7250 Director: Julie Silva www.southsanisd.net Southside ISD 1460 Martinez-Losoya Rd., SA 78221 210.882.1600 Director: Kendal Olah www.southsideisd.org Southwest ISD 11914 Dragon Ln., SA 78252 210.622.4355 Director: Robert Robinson www.swisd.net Atascosa County Charlotte ISD (Atas- McMull Co-op) 831 Stadium Dr., Pleasanton 78064 830.569.1355 Director: Linsey Pawelek Jourdanton ISD (Atas- McMull Co-op) 831 Stadium Dr., Pleasanton 78064 830.569.1355 Director: Linsey Pawelek www.jourdantonisd.net Lytle ISD PO Box 745, Lytle 78052 830.709.5128 Director: Robby Pierce www.lytleisd.com Pleasanton ISD (Atas- McMull Co-op) 831 Stadium Dr., Pleasanton 78064 830.569.1355 Director: Keri Cooper www.pisd.us Poteet ISD (Atas- McMull Co-op) 831 Stadium Dr., Pleasanton 78064 830.569.1355 Director: Linsey Pawelek https://www.poteetisd.org/ Tilden ISD (Atas- McMull Co-op) 901 River St., Tilden 78072 1.361.274.2000 Director: Linsey Pawelek Bandera County Bandera ISD PO Box 727, Bandera 78003 830.796.6210 Director: Patricia Galm www.banderaisd.net Medina ISD One Bobcat Ln, PO Box 1470, Medina 78055 830.589.2851 Director: Sarah McCrae www.medinaisd.org Dimmitt County Carrizo Springs Consolidated ISD 300 N.7th St Carrizo Springs 78834 830.876.3503 Director: Michelle Howard www.cscisd.net Frio County Dilley ISD (Spec Ed Co-op 12) 318 Berry Ranch Rd., Pearsall 78061 830.334.8007 x1132 www.dilleyisd.net Pearsall ISD (Spec Ed Co-op 12) 318 Berry Ranch Rd., Pearsall 78061 830.334.8007 x1132 www.pearsallisd.org Kendall County Boerne ISD 123 W. Johns Rd., Boerne 78006 830.357.2098 Director: DeNette Krawczynski www.boerne-isd.net Kerr County Center Point ISD PO Box 377 Center Point 78010 830.634.2171 Director: Jeanie Zirkel www.cpisd.net Hunt ISD PO Box 259, Hunt 78024 830.238.4893 Director: Cindy Lambert www.huntisd.org Ingram ISD 510 College St., Ingram 78025 830.367.4630 Director: Dan Curran www.ingramisd.net Kerrville ISD 729 Tivy St., Kerrville 78028 830.257.2203 Director: Dan Wittle www.kerrvilleisd.net Kinney County Brackett ISD (Cluster5 Spec Ed Co-op) 308 N. Piper Ln., Uvalde 78801 PO Box 586, Brackettville 78832 830.988.2341 Fax: 830.988.2366 Director: Martha Posey www.brackettisd.net La Salle County Cotulla ISD (Spec Ed Co-op 12) 318 Berry Ranch Rd., Pearsall 78061 830.334.8001 Director: Alicia Rumfield https://www.cotullaisd.net/ Maverick County Eagle Pass ISD 587 Madison St., Eagle Pass 78852 830.758.7023 Director: Delia Gonzalez www.eaglepass.net Medina County D’Hanis ISD (Cluster 5 Spec Ed Co-op) 308 N. Piper Ln., Uvalde 78850 830.988.2341 Director: Martha Posey www.dhanisisd.net Devine ISD 1225 W. Hwy. 173, Devine 78016 830.851.0881 Director: Valerie Dykstra www.devineisd.org Hondo ISD 2608 Ave. H, Hondo 78861 830.426.5902 Director: Cynthia Gann https://www.hondoisd.net/ Medina Valley ISD 8449 FM 471 S. Castroville 78009 830.931.2243 Director: Dr. Lonna Clinch www.mvisd.com Natalia ISD PO Box 548, Natalia 78059 830.663.4416 Director: Leticia Buenrostro www.nataliaisd.net Real County Leakey ISD (Cluster 5 Spec Ed Co-op) 308 N. Piper Ln, Uvalde 78801 PO Box 2119, Lakey 78873 830.988.2341 Director: Martha Posey https://www.leakeyisd.net/ Uvalde County Knippa ISD (Cluster 5 Spec Ed Co-op) 308 N. Piper Ln, Uvalde 78801 PO Box 99, Knippa 78870 830.988.2341 Director: Martha Posey Nueces Canyon ISD PO Box 118, Barksdale 78828 Director: Martha Posey www.nccisd.net Sabina ISD (Cluster 5 Spec Ed Co-op) 308 N. Piper Ln. Uvalde 78801 PO Box 338, Sabinal 78881 830.988.2341 Director: Martha Posey https://www.sabinalisd.net/ Utopia ISD (Cluster 5 Spec Ed Co-op) PO Box 880, Utopia 78884 830.988.2341 Director: Martha Posey www.utopia.net Uvalde ISD PO Box 1909, Uvalde 78802 830.591.4928 Director: Victor Baron https://www.ucisd.net/ Wilson County Floresville ISD (Wilson Co Co-op) 908 10th St., Floresville 78114 830.393.5300 Director: Clint Askins www.fisd.us La Vernia ISD 13600 US Hwy. 87 W. La Vernia 78121 210.779.6600 Director: Brenda Oates https://www.lvisd.org/ Poth ISD (Wilson Co Co-op) PO Box 250, Poth 78147 830.484.3390 Director: Marissa Ximenez https://www.pothisd.us/ Stockdale ISD 503 S. 4th St., Stockdale, 78160 830.996.3551 Director: Lori Homeyer www.stockdaleisd.org Zavala County Crystal City ISD 805 E. Crockett St. Crystal City,78839 830.374.2367 Director: Melissa Guerrero www.crystalcityisd.org La Pryor ISD PO Box 519, La Pryor 78872 830.365.4004 Director: Rick Rodriguez www.lapryor.net SEX & RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION Planned Parenthood of San Antonio 210.736.2262 Web: www.plannedparenthood.org Offers free one-on-one information sessions for individuals with special needs. There are 5 locations in the area; some clinics based on income and family size. Accepts a variety of insurance plans and payment methods. Work with state and federal programs to help cut down costs for those who qualify. Shannon Criswell Peck - Counseling/Sex and Relationship Ed 210.826.9599 3030 Nacogdoches Rd. SA TX 78217 Practices Traditional Counseling for Families; & Individuals; Sex Therapy & Counseling; and Forensic Sexual Evaluating & Court Testimony. She’s a certified Sex Counselor who works with individuals with Autism who may live at home with parents or in a group home. Accepts most insurance plans and the office will answer any questions about insurance, fees, co-pays, etc. SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING Cindy Constanzo LLC 210.421.8048 8603 Crownhill, #25 SA TX 78209 We have years of experience in the area of assessment and special education with a special emphasis on the individuals with social communication deficits such as those with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and/or anxiety disorders. Cindy Constanzo’s services include an adult group; speech language communication assessment; autism assessment; parent support; and social communication therapy groups of 4th/5th grade, middle school and high school groups of 3-4 students. Please call or message to enroll or visit our website for a full listing of our services and credentials. We are glad to meet you in person or discuss by phone any questions you may have. Dr. Jodi Gonzalez Arnold 210.260.3948 14603 Huebner Rd Bldg. 6, SA TX 78230 Specializes in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Health and accepts Medicare. Starfish Social Club 210.303.4433 Web: www.starfishsocialclub.org E-Mail: admin@starfishsocialclub.org 1117 Patricia Dr., SA TX 78213 Social groups, academic support, and summer camp for students of all ages with learning differences, including autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, etc. Stone Oak Therapy Services 210.798.2273 Web: www.stoneoaktherapy.com E-Mail: stoneoaktherapy@gmail.com 1020 Central Pkwy. South, SA TX 78232 Contact: Claudia Goswitz, MA, Med, CCC-SLP This training consists of small groups of 3-6 children for social training and parent networks in order to provide strategies to develop connections among children of similar profiles and establish networks or friendships. Social group training is provided by Stone Oak Therapy Services and Learning Institute. SPECIALIZED TEACHING PRODUCTS Blue Cat PIES 210.547.3015 Web: www.bluecatpies.com Email: sales@bluecatpies.com A specialized line of supplemental learning activities specifically designed for students with autism. Activities are hand-assembled by adults with disabilities. Activity books are interactive and do not require handwriting to use. Blue Cat PIES is a product developed and produced by the Any Baby Can Autism Services Program staff. Proceeds benefit families receiving free services at Any Baby Can. TUTORING & LEARNING SUPPORT Feast Bookstore 210.342.4674 Web: https://homeschoolfeast.com/ Email: staff@homeschoolfeast.com 7735 Mockingbird Lane, San Antonio, TX 78229 The FEAST Bookstore has been around for decades and has many types of home school curriculum available. Should the situation arise that the store doesn’t have an item in stock; the friendly staff are always ready to assist you to make sure you get the products you need to successfully homeschool your children. Kim's Learning Solutions, LLC 979.236.5286 Web: kimslearningsolutions.com E-Mail: bilikimcornwell@gmail.com 16007 Via Shavano, Ste. 102, San Antonio, TX 78249 Learning solutions that address both the strengths and the needs of the individual Private tutoring and assessments/evaluations. LearningRx - San Antonio Northeast: 1270 N Loop 1604 E Ste. 1302, SA TX 78232……….210.960.8296 Northwest: 6222 De Zavala Rd #203, SA TX 78249……………...210.920.7785 Web: www.learningrx.com They are here to assist those with cognitive skills training (Brain Training). They offer these programs to all that are at least 4 years old and up to 94 years old (just must be verbal). The programs are anywhere from 12 to 40 weeks. It is all private pay and it is $90 an hour with the average being 4 1/2 hours a week. They do have payment options that vary depending on the program that is selected. TOBII Dynavox Assistive Technology 800.344.1778 Web: www.tobiidynavox.com We make touch based and eye controlled computers and solutions for special education that help individuals with motor and speech impairments lead richer and more independent lives. Previous Next

  • Adrienne Gaither, OTR, CSIPT, C/NDT

    < Back Adrienne Gaither, OTR, CSIPT, C/NDT Director of Caregiver Empowerment & Occupational Therapist Adrienne Gaither has been a pediatric occupational therapist for over 25 years. She received her degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and began her pediatric therapy career, eventually gaining experience in every setting available for the provision of children’s occupational therapy services. Adrienne has had the opportunity to serve as a member of ACN’s team since 2009. She holds specialty pediatric certification in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and has completed advanced training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) for children as well as in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) feeding approach. Locally, Adrienne had the privilege of serving on the planning team for the development of Morgan’s Wonderland; in particular, contributing recommendations for the Sensory Village portion of the park. In addition to her work with ACN, Adrienne is a part-time Program Director and Sensory Consultant with Kinetic Kids, Inc., a local non-profit agency providing sports and recreation activities for children and teenagers with special needs. When she is not working, Adrienne enjoys life with her husband, 2 children, and 2 dogs, running, singing, and traveling. adrienne@acn-sa.org (210) 435-1000

  • RESPITE SERVICES | Acn Home

    < Back RESPITE SERVICES About Respite Services Sometimes you need a break, we totally get it! Respite services provide short-term relief for families and caregivers of individuals with autism. Our resource library provides information on respite care options, including in-home and out-of-home services. PARENT’S NIGHT OUT / DAY RESPITE Artful Start Web: www.artfulstart.org E-Mail: artfulstart@gmail.com Artful Start organizes art programs for children with special needs throughout the community. Programs are run by trained volunteers with an adaptable curriculum to allow all participants to reach their maximum potential. Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) —Teen and Adult Day Adventure 210.671.8112 Web: www.campcamp.org E-Mail: michelle.elble@campcamp.org Physical Address: 2525 Ladd St., Bldg. 3850, Lackland Air Force Base, TX 78236 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 27086, SA TX 78227 A supervised social program for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, ages 14-40 (with no aggressive behavior); scheduled for one Saturday per month. Activities include dinner, movies, sporting events, concerts, and dances; teens may bring a date. Respite Club membership required. Mission Road Ministries - Mom’s Morning Out 210.334.2437 Web: missionroadministries.org/programs/children/moms-morning-out E-Mail: lbutler@mrmsat.org 8706 Mission Rd, SA TX 78214 Mission Road Ministries offers Mom’s Morning Out *each month. The program allows parents with children with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) some much deserved free time - even “me” time. This fun and important program is available to families living in San Antonio & Bexar County caring for a child with IDD. Tuition cost is $40/ child for 4 hours of care and must be between the ages of 6 thru 17. The program is from 9 AM - 1 PM. Program runs 1 Saturday per month and dates are on the website. Respite Care of San Antonio 210.737.1212 Web: www.respitecaresa.org 605 Belknap Pl., SA TX 78212 Families may bring their children (6 wks. To 17 yrs.) with special needs and medical complex conditions. Monday - Friday from 7:30am –6pm; non-disabled siblings (up to the age of 12) welcome. San Antonio Busy Bodies 210.545.2840 Web: https://www.sabusybodies.org/programs.html E-Mail: info@sabusybodies.org 11985 Starcrest Dr, SA TX 78247 Busy bodies is a learning center providing services for children including the development of fine and gross motor skills; balance; ocular motor control; attention span; self-esteem; and social skills. To qualify for the program; the child must attend an initial assessment for $200; in which the doctors determine what kind of treatment the child requires. The following therapy sessions are $35/hour. Busy bodies accepts some commercial insurance; but mainly private pay. Special Reach Inc 210.784.7478 Web: https://www.specialreach.com/ 6851 Citizens Pkwy suite #220, San Antonio TX 78229 Party night is a Special Reach’s unique twist on Parent’s night out. It’s a great opportunity to develop social skills and meet other children aged 6-18. Additional summer program locations are available as well as new programs such as San Antonio Adventure Program. RESPITE CARE Mission Road Ministries - Respite Care 210.334.2437 Web: https://missionroadministries.org/lets-talk 8706 Mission RD, SA TX 78214 Children with Intellectual Disabilities have lived on the campus of Mission Road for nearly 65 years. We know what it takes to care for children who require individualized attention and constant supervision. At Mission Road we can provide your child with a weekend of fun and activity; while giving you the rest and relief you deserve. Your child will spend the weekend in one of our 5 cottages; interacting and playing with other children; all under the watchful eye of trained residential care professionals. A gymnasium; basketball court; sensory room; playground and Open Air Pavilion provide the backdrop for stimulating activities. A menu of meals and snacks carefully designed by our licensed dietitian are served family style. Our on- campus Health Care clinic dispenses any medications your child may need during their stay. Maxim Healthcare Services 210.341.3800 Web: https://www.maximhealthcare.com/ E-Mail: SanAntonioTX@maxhealth.com 7550 IH 10 West, Ste. 1001, SA TX 78229 Contact Person: Angela Barker, Business Development Manager Provides Private Duty Nursing, Companion services, respite care; Insurances accepted: Traditional Medicaid, Superior Medicaid, AmeriGroup, Molina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, TriCare, Humana Military, Cigna, Care Centrix and most other insurances. Please, feel free to call the office should you need help with a funding source. Ramiro P. Estrada Respite Station - Children’s Hospital of San Antonio....210.704.3497 519 W. Houston, SA TX 78207 A respite program for families of children with developmental disabilities and multiple medical conditions; the program is available to children from birth to 18 years of age who require skilled car and medical support services. Respite Care of San Antonio 210.737.1212 Web: www.respitecaresa.org Davidson Respite House (DRH), 605 Belknap Place, SA TX 78212 Emergency/crisis facility dedicated to caring for children with special needs and complex medical conditions. Children may be placed at the DRH by their families so that they may attend to a crisis. Children are placed by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services as a result of abuse or neglect; cares for children ages 0 to 17 years of age. The shelter is open 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. Previous Next

  • Sound and vision: How San Antonio is building inclusivity in arts and culture | Acn Home

    < Back Sound and vision: How San Antonio is building inclusivity in arts and culture Nicholas Frank Dec 20, 2023 Sound and vision: How San Antonio is building inclusivity in arts and culture Anyone seeing the Classical Music Institute ’s presentation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons the morning of Nov. 1 might have thought they were at one of the ensemble’s rehearsals. The atmosphere was casual, audience members chatted, snacked and sipped from sippy cups, napped under blankets, played with phones and tablets, got up and walked the hallways of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts , fidgeted with toys, leaned in to listen to concertmaster Francisco Fullana’s comments on what to listen for in upcoming musical passages and otherwise came and went as they pleased. The public event was not a rehearsal, but the latest Valero Sensory Friendly Program performance geared toward audiences sensitive to the loud noises, bright lights, large crowds and extended sitting times typical of conventional performances. The keys to the series are inclusion and accessibility, said Kimberly Stephenson, the Tobin Center’s director of education. “It’s just a very open and welcoming environment,” Stephenson said. “We are wanting to expose everyone to the beauty and the power of the arts.” For anyone Sensory-friendly events are primarily designed to accommodate those with autism spectrum disorder who might have difficulties adjusting behaviors to social situations or communicating their needs effectively. Valero series accommodations include limiting the audience to half the standard size, keeping house lights on throughout the performance — which is limited to a one-hour duration — and encouraging patrons to talk or vocalize and move around freely. Noise levels are kept consistent so as not to startle or overwhelm with sound. For the Classical Music Institute sensory-friendly performance, Fullana frequently turned to the audience and spoke about the music they were about to hear, saying they should listen for birdsong-like passages played by the violin section and imagine a festive garden party signaled by Vivaldi’s famous melody. Jacqueline Ha brought her 2-year-old son Tiago to the performance in part because “he has a very keen ear for music.” The Tobin Center welcomes anyone to these free public events, and Ha and her partner recognize that though Tiago has not been diagnosed as on the autism spectrum, he has a short attention span and displays sensitivity to bustling crowds and loud sounds. The Four Seasons concert was the second Tobin Center sensory-friendly event they’ve attended, and Ha said they appreciate the accommodating environment. “Just the fact that we have exposure to performances at the Tobin is something that we’re really grateful for, as far as learning what parameters are conducive to him as a little being exploring himself,” she said. An invisible disability Other arts and culture organizations in San Antonio have offered sensory-friendly accommodations and specially designed events with similar modifications, in the name of inclusivity for audiences of all abilities. The San Antonio Zoo held a sensory-friendly version of its annual holiday Zoo Lights extravaganza on Nov. 20. What is normally billed as “miles of dazzling lights, festive music, and whimsical displays” was dialed down, tailored for those with sensory sensitivities. Music volume was muted by 80%, laser strobe lights were removed, other bright lights were dimmed and more sensory-friendly implement bags were made available. As with other institutions, the bags are available for free during visits at the information desk. Alex Rodriguez, the Zoo’s manager of diversity, equity and inclusion, described sensory sensitivity as “an invisible disability” that is more common than generally realized. She said thatwhen sensitivities beyond the autism spectrum are taken into account, including military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, individuals with dementia and even neurotypical adults who can become overwhelmed in overstimulating environments, “every community you are in, every family or social dynamic that you’re in, chances are somebody in that group has this [condition]” in one form or another. Everyone means everyone The Valero series at the Tobin defines its mission as “equitable services for the creative arts to promote justice, inclusion, and empowerment for all.” In a similar spirit, The Public Theater of San Antonio took Tiny Tim literally when the character intones “God Bless us, everyone” at the end of the Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol . The theater company’s version of the play that ran Dec. 1-17 integrated deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, with a script adapted to shift between moments of speaking and moments communicated only through American Sign Language (ASL). The reworked script by Tim Hedgepeth and Anthony Ciaravino features a Scrooge, played by hearing actor John O’Neill, who learned sign language as a youth in love with a deaf woman and is moved to draw on his past to communicate with Tiny Tim, played by deaf actor Josiah Sammy Esqueda. The staging of the play aims to be as inclusive as possible and might help lend insight to hearing audiences into how deaf people communicate. “This production includes spoken word, moments of ASL, and supertitles,” said producing artistic director Jimmy Moore. “So we are communicating at any one point in two to three different ways.” The Public Theater has provided ASL nights since December 2015, said Robert Cardoza, founder of the Stage Hands sign language services company and assistant director of the production. But staging a play with a fully integrated deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing cast is new, Moore said. Deaf actors, such as Missy Smith in the dual roles of Belle and Mrs. Fred, react to light cues rather than sound cues and interpret between sign language words and spoken words, which in some cases differ slightly. For example, she’ll sign “I finally accept you” while speaking “I at long last embrace you.” Moore said the play is just the beginning of such inclusive performances. “It is a really great first step for the Public to learn what it means to be more accessible to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities in San Antonio.” Growing awareness While a 2016 Kronkosky Charitable Foundation report found San Antonio to be “an exceptional hub for autism services,” with a wide range of professionals who provide autism care, the report concluded that demand for services far outstrips supply. But Patty Vela, chief development and outreach officer of the nonprofit Autism Community Network , said accommodations such as sensory-friendly events are on the rise. Experts at the nonprofit including occupational therapist Adrienne Gaither have helped such local organizations as Morgan’s Wonderland and Methodist Hospital establish programs to welcome individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. The Tobin Center’s sensory-friendly performances date back to the very start of its programming, Stephenson said, shaped in part by the help of the Autism Theater Initiative in New York and Kulture City, a nationwide organization that provides sensory-inclusive certification to venues interested in accommodating people with sensory needs. The DoSeum children’s museum researched Kulture City initiatives for its new Beyond Limits program, said program educator Shauna Brookins. Sensory-friendly Beyond Limits events take place after regular hours to limit crowds, with lighting dimmed and sound volumes lowered. Brookins plans four such events per year, with the next taking place Wednesday evening with a Winter Wonderland theme. The museum also provides sensory-friendly accommodations every day, Brookins said, with sensory backpacks that include headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys and a museum map that locates quiet zones including the Calm Corner, an enclosed, sound-dampened retreat room. Both Brookins and Vela encouraged parents to observe their children to detect areas of sensitivity, whether they shy away from loud sounds or avoid particular stimuli, or, as Ha said of her son, may simply need to get up frequently to walk around and burn off excess energy. “We’re first-time parents, we’re trying to learn how to meet him with where he’s at,” Ha said. And Rodriguez said she’s heartened by the growing awareness that many, if not most people, have some form of sensory sensitivity and that institutions are responding. She has auditory sensory sensitivities and visual impairments that make her sensitive to light, she said, and sometimes needs to walk away from stimuli to recuperate. “So for someone like me … coming into spaces like the [sensory-friendly] Zoo Lights [display] where the lights weren’t so overwhelming for me, it was much easier for me to enjoy that environment,” Rodriguez said. The next Tobin Center sensory-friendly performance is Pilobolus Is a Fungus , March 19 at noon. See the whole article with pictures here . Previous Next

  • Noelia Cheatham

    < Back Noelia Cheatham Billing Specialist Noelia Cheatham joins our team as a Billing Specialist with twenty three years of work experience with an Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECI). Her work background also includes working as a Special Education Teacher’s aide, interpreter and Peer Counselor for the Women Infants and Children Program (WIC). At WIC she taught health related classes in English and Spanish. Noelia is very involved with an orphanage in Mexico, Casa Hogar. She organizes drives for school supplies, school uniforms, and bi-yearly summer festivals for the children. She has two grown children and her hobbies are crafting, gardening and baking. Noelia is excited about new opportunities with ACN and helping to serve the community. noelia.cheatham@acn-sa.org (210) 435-1000 ext. 5008

  • Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's support of autism acceptance reached global audience | Acn Home

    < Back Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's support of autism acceptance reached global audience Tom Orsborn Apr 20, 2024 Spurs fan Martin Krøger, although 5,300 miles away in Denmark, had the sense coach Gregg Popovich's comments after a recent game in support of autism acceptance were made for his benefit. "If I could ever thank that man in person, this would be at the top of my list of things to thank him for," Krøger, a 50-year-old IT consultant, wrote on X, formerly Twitter. Krøger was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, when he was 48. "Forget the wins and the titles, that's just a game," Krøger wrote after hearing the NBA's all-time winningest coach's message of inclusion. "Seeing people for who they are and using your platform for doing good works, that's what really matters in the end." After wearing Nike custom Air Force 1 sneakers sporting a colorful infinity symbol with the words "Inclusion" and "To The Max" during a home game against Philadelphia on April 7 as part of the NBA's efforts to promote Autism Acceptance Month, Popovich spoke about the need to value those living on the autism spectrum. "We're just trying to bring some awareness to autism," he said. "I didn't even realize it was that prolific. I guess it's one out of every 37 children is diagnosed with autism, and that's a lot more than I think I knew. But it's a malady I think is misunderstood in some ways. It's like it's a 'bad thing' or that person is the 'other'. Now, that person is just different and really deserves our attention, our support and a realization they have other advantages, or advantages is the wrong word, but other traits that make them special. "So giving them love and support is really important and hopefully people will understand they need to be included. They can't be put aside as 'others'. They need to be included and supported." Autism advocates applauded the empathy and support shown by Popovich, 75. "It’s absolutely wonderful," said Tiffany Fresher, CEO of the Autism Community Network, a San Antonio nonprofit that works to "maximize the potential of children with autism by providing early diagnosis for those with limited access and educating and empowering the community to support them," according to its website. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a condition that ranges from mild to serious and is typically marked by social awkwardness, communication difficulties, repetitive behaviors and other problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, autism affects one in every 36 children and one in 45 adults in the United States. Popovich and other NBA coaches embraced Autism Acceptance Month in response to an effort by Utah Jazz assistant coach Scott Morrison and his wife Susanne to raise awareness after their son Max was diagnosed with autism in 2022. "Before the season started, we just knew we wanted to do something to try and help or contribute," Morrison told USA Today. "And we had the idea to just maybe tap into the handful of coaches I knew just to see who would be interested in wearing the shoes as a way to highlight autism." Gregg Popovich and other coaches across the league wore custom Nike Air Force 1 shoes for a pair of games as part of an NBA-wide initiative to raise awareness for autism. The sneakers were signed by the coaches and auctioned off to raise funds for the To The Max Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Morrisons to support autistic individuals and their families. Dr. Melissa D. Svoboda, director of the autism program at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, said it was "amazing" to hear Popovich draw attention to autism. But she said his comments also reinforced her belief the public still needs more education about autism. "When I first started my training, I told people I was going to work with autistic children, and they were like, 'Artistic? Like they draw?' " Svoboda said. "Nobody knew what autistic meant. Thank goodness, fast forward, fifteen, twenty years later and now it is so much more common, but you still have people like coach Popovich saying, 'Oh, I didn’t know it was this common.' "It’s so common that there is this real big movement toward neurodiversity, which is really what he is getting at, that maybe (autism) is a spectrum of normal, especially with some of these higher functioning individuals. Some people may call them quirky, but they have a place here. There are some amazing things they do that other people don’t have as a skill set. And it really is about inclusion and support to make sure everybody, no matter ability or disability, finds a placed and a meaning in what they want to do." The Autism Community Network works toward fulfilling that goal by helping families gain a better understanding of autism. "When somebody in the family has autism, everyone is dealing with autism in their family," Fresher said. "We are trying to teach them their child’s strengths and how to communicate with their child and how to reduce stress in their family...to help the family better communicate with the child, so the child’s stress is reduced as well." Svoboda is hopeful that during Autism Acceptance Month people "on the more severe end of the spectrum who require a lot of support" aren't forgotten. "A lot of this neurodiversity movement is centered on people at the higher end of the spectrum, but I think we have to make sure we are including everybody on every part of the spectrum," she said. Krøger, the Danish Spurs fan who praised Popovich's comments on X, was also diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with Asperger's syndrome. Asperger's syndrome is a condition on the autism spectrum with generally higher functioning. People with the condition may be socially awkward and have an all-absorbing interest in specific topics, according to the website for the Nationwide Children's Hospital. "It was a life-changing experience, suddenly realizing I could now let go of all of the guilt and anger I'd carried around with me since childhood," Krøger wrote to the Express-News in a direct message on X about his diagnosis. "I came to accept that while I was in fact different from most of the people around me, that did not mean there was something wrong with me. I was simply that: different." Krøger wote that being "very open" about his diagnosis with family, friends and colleagues has been a freeing experience. "People deserved to know how much hard work goes into just living with someone like me or into living with children with the same difficulties," he wrote. " It's been very heartening to see the reactions my wife and I have gotten from people we know. Still, I'm able to mask my neurodivergence somewhat when I'm out in the world and so I still get to hear how people talk about 'everyone wants a diagnosis for their kid these days' and questioning the validity of the difficulties facing us. "That's why Pop's comments moved me. Being the son of a no-nonsense coach in that same gruff but caring mold, it's probably no surprise I already hold him in high regard. It just means so incredibly much to people like me that a man of his stature takes the opportunity to educate folks on something as simple but meaningful as remembering to include us, even though we're a bit different. "His reminder that we need love and support really hit home for me, knowing that while I'm fortunate in that regard, I know too many who weren't as lucky as me." To see the article on the San Antonio Express News website visit https://www.expressnews.com/sports/spurs/article/popovich-s-support-autism-acceptance-reached-19396018.php . Previous Next

  • Lisa Martinez-Jimenez

    < Back Lisa Martinez-Jimenez Board Certified Behavior Analyst Lisa M. Martinez-Jimenez holds her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from Ball State University, completed her BACB coursework from the University of North Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Violence Prevention & Intervention Certificate from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has worked within the field of ABA for over 20 years and is dedicated to providing quality applied behavior analytic services. She has experience developing and providing ABA services with children, adolescents and adults within the home, clinic, school, and community settings. Her roles at ACN involve diagnostic assessments, autism screenings, parent/family coaching, behavioral consulting, PACT, and organizational leadership within ACN’s Autism Care Pathway Program. lisa.martinez@acn-sa.org (210) 435-1000

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