Addie's AutismFITT Club's Featured Partners (5)
If you're new to the special needs community or simply need a referral for someone who does their job very well. Look no further.
Who are BEEs?
Who are the BEEs? The Builders of Eloquence and Engagement are each and every one of the children, teenagers and adults with communication challenges such as non verbal autism, apraxia, dyspraxia, echolalia, mutism, and more, who are working each day towards accessing learning and communication.
They work tirelessly to conquer the movements needed to communication, vocal or non-vocal, they are the ones that build the skills and put in the effort to reach eloquence. Who are we? We are a team of passionate people who believe in the dreams, goals and hopes of each BEE and their family. We strive support the communication and engagement efforts of each individual pushing the perceived limits of their ability to reach open ended communication and learning. We value hard work, perseverance and hope. We presume competence and live by the principles of the least dangerous assumption.
Supporting the access to learning and communication for each one of the individuals with communication challenges, whether it is non verbal autism, echolalia, apraxia, dyspraxia, mutism is our passion.
We support the work of our BEEs by providing direct and group instruction, supervision, services coordination and mentoring for parents.
We have a Certified RPM (Rapid Prompting Method) provider on staff and are able to provide behavior intervention instructional assistants knowledgeable in RPM. We also provide 1:1 RPM sessions with learners, parent coaching, intense RPM intervention and more!
Visit www.beellc.com and join us, we cannot wait to help your BEE fly.
Watch their Spanish interview by UnivisionSD here.
Jazmine has been working in the special education legal field for several years. She has been passionate about advocating for children's education since her undergraduate studies, and she graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Development. Throughout law school, Jazmine participated in several programs designed to provide educational advocacy to the low income community, including the Special Education Legal Clinic and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program's Education Law Project. After working with Robin Champlin for many years, Jazmine took over the practice in June 2015. She remains committed to providing aggressive and collaborative legal representation.
Learn more about her here.
Butterfly Effects Featured Provider AutismFITT
Every month, we are featuring a business partner that not only support the special needs community, but also offers exemplory service. Today we are excited to share with you Butterfly Effects.
Butterfly Effects, is one of the nation’s leading providers of community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy services. Butterfly Effects provides services in the San Diego area, covering San Clemente to Chula Vista and Old Town to Pine Valley. ABA therapy services are through our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) Destini Kulik, MA, BCBA; Kathryn Petersen, MA, BCBA; and Donna Cheeseman, MA, BCBA and our team of Registered Behavior Technicians.
As a national provider of ABA Therapy, Butterfly Effects has a staff of over 550 employees, including over 70 BCBA’s, and provides services in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy applies the science of behavior in a way that helps to increase desired behaviors such as communication, social, and adaptive skills while reducing behaviors that may interfere with learning. ABA is the standard of care for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. ABA is used to reduce problematic behaviors (e.g., tantrums, aggression, self-injury, food selectivity, etc.) through the use of more appropriate replacement behaviors. It is successfully used to teach new skills to individuals in all environments - home, school, and community including the workplace.
Butterfly Effects is a participating provider within the following plans in California: Aetna; Cigna; Humana; Magellan; MHNet; Tricare-West; United Healthcare; and Value Options. Through our common purpose at Butterfly Effects, we create a collaborative environment that promotes meaningful learning opportunities and experiences through individualized ABA therapy, for clients and their circle of support.
For more information about Butterfly Effects, please call us at 888-880-9270 or visit us at www.butterflyeffects.com.
December 2015 Featured Partner | San Diego Special Needs Law Center
Addie's AutismFITT Club is your provider for Pediatric Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy needs. In an effort to help our families, we believe that referring other businesses in our community is a powerful way to help our families satisfy all their needs when it comes to getting IEP help, ABA services, Family Therapy, and more.
This month, we are featuring the San Diego Special Needs Law Center. Learn more about them straight from Phil Lindsley himself.
If you have a family member with a disability, you want to assure they have the best possible care and quality of life. You are fighting for this now, but you probably also want to know they will be taken care of when you are no longer able to be the advocate you are today. If you are a person with a disability, you want to be able to qualify for the benefits and programs you need to achieve as much independence as possible. It is the mission of San Diego Special Needs Law Center to make sure you have all the support and tools in place to achieve these important goals.
From special needs planning challenges and tips, to a great summary of the ABLE Act, their website at www.specialneedsplanninglaw.com is a wealth of information for people with disabilities and their families. San Diego Special Needs Law Center and their senior attorney Phil Lindsley are also publishers of the popular magazine “Insights on Special Needs Care,” with relevant articles, checklists, and a resource guide for our community.
San Diego Special Needs Law Center helps families deal with important transition and planning issues, such as…
•Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning for Families with developmental disabilities. Assuring your special needs child or family member is well cared for when you are no longer able.
•Conservatorships and Limited Conservatorships for those with developmental disabilities. When your special needs child turns 18 they may still need your help in making decisions.
•Preservation of Public Benefits Eligibility. Prevent inheritance or litigation settlements from jeopardizing eligibility for important government benefits.
•Life Care and Transition Planning
The field of “Elder Law” is the core of special needs and disability law: familiarity with public benefits programs, and planning for those with disability. Philip Lindsley, the senior attorney at San Diego Special Needs Law Center and San Diego Elder Law Center, is a widely recognized special needs, elder, and disability law attorney...and one of only two Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) in San Diego County. This specialization is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California. Mr. Lindsley is also a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate (State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization). He has been serving families and individuals with disabilities for over 35 years. Mr. Lindsley has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubble, and a “Super Lawyer,” both based on peer reviews. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Trust Foundation, a member of the Executive Committee of the Trust and Estates Section of the State Bar of California, and sits on occasional assignment as a Pro Tem Judge for the Central Division of the Probate Court for San Diego County.
When asked if he had a message for our members, Phil wrote that he wanted everyone to know that leaving assets, whether through gift, will, or a trust, to a beneficiary receiving means-tested public benefits will in most cases simply cause them to lose their benefits. Since there are excellent special needs planning alternatives, such a result is inevitably the result of poor or no planning, and a sad waste of family resources.
“Thoughtful estate planning,” Phil said, “can preserve public benefits and supplement care to assure your family member will be provided for the way you want, even after your death. A properly drafted special needs trust can provide for a child or adult with a disability, and assure that there is funding for care beyond what is provided by programs like SSI, Medi-Cal, IHSS and the Regional Center. Assets in a properly drafted special needs trust will not cause someone to be disqualified from any of these programs. Your other children are likely to build successful lives whether you have an estate plan or not. Your child with disability, however, may never be able to recover from your lack of planning.”
Phil also tells us that San Diego Special Needs Law Center “… enjoys our relationships with various advocacy groups in the disability community. It is through the interaction with our clients and these groups that we continue to learn and grow, and better serve our client’s needs.”
Serving all of San Diego County, in addition to their website at www.specialneedsplanninglaw.com, Phil and the team at San Diego Special Needs Law Center can be contacted at (619) 235-4357. They also welcome the opportunity to be speakers for your group.