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Moving from Louisiana to Connecticut



Full Inclusion here

OT & Speech Best Practices

Services Silo

Discouraged by organizations where our family was looking for help

  • Medicaid waiver for ASD

  • In home services

  • School Services

CAAC History

  • Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council Subcommittee

  • FAVOR’s Strategic Planning included Autism Goals

    • Several employees' had children with ASD

    • Many briefs and cases were about ASD

  • Provide a Unified Voice to the Legislature

    • Need to work together


About CAAC

  • Brings together:

    • family organizations

    • community providers

    • state agencies

  • Works together to:

    • organize and host Autism Awareness Day at the Capitol

    • support numerous state agencies and community providers

    • attend trainings

    • participate on task force and advisory councils, and more.

  • Identify gaps in the system and find ways to fill them!

  • Supported by:

    • FAVOR, a statewide family support organization, provides organizational and fiduciary support to CAAC.



  • To provide one unified voice, supporting CT in the development and improvement of service access and quality for all individuals who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.


  • A world in which Autism, is so clearly understood, that it is seen as a character trait not a disability, allowing the talents and strengths of an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorders, to be identified, utilized and embraced by the community in which they live.


CAAC Some of our Members

  • Farmington Valley Asperger’s Network (FAVAN)

  • FAVOR—Statewide Family Advocacy

  • FOCUS Center for Autism

  • Friends of Autistic People (FAP)

  • Helping Hands CT

  • The Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association (LACASA)

  • The Kennedy Center Inc.

  • Lighthouse Psycho-educational Services

  • North Central Community Collaborative (NCCC)

  • North Star Support Group

  • PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices CT

  • Roses for Autism/UCONN

  • Sacred Heart University

  • University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

  • Autism Center at HSC

  • Autism Speaks

  • Autism Services & Resources Connecticut (ASRC)

  • Behavioral Compass Group, LLC

  • CT Bureau of Special Education

  • CT Center for Child Development (CCCD)

  • CT Children’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council(CBHAC)

  • CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

  • CT Department of Public Health (DPH)

  • CT Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT)

  • CT Family Support Network (CTFSN)

  • CT Special Education PTO Alliance (SEPTO)

  • Family-to-Family Health Information


CT Collaborative for ASD:Project Manager Role

  • Coordinate the CT Collaborative for ASD (State Implementation Grant for Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities and the CT Medical Home Initiative)

  • Organize contract to five family and provider organizations

  • Collect and aggregate reports

  • Provide technical assistance to contractors, intermediary between grantees and DPH to work towards grant goals

  • Link to community partners

  • Participate at national grantee meeting and CAAI National Meeting in Washington, DC


Autism Awareness Day at the Capital

  • Annual event during Autism Awareness Month

  • Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, Representatives, Senators (several have relatives on the spectrum)

  • Parents, advocacy groups, providers, state agencies, educators, anyone who works with or loves individual(s) with autism

  • Attendance and participation has grown every year as has the number of CAAC Resource bags handed out by young adults on the spectrum


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