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Kristina Czapkay
(650) 520-4592
1777 Lafayette Street
Santa Clara, CA
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Early Intervention, Helpful Websites, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Northern California Coalition-Parents Helping Parents
408-727-5775, Ext. 139
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA
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Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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Abilities United
(650) 494-0550
525 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA
Support Services
Adult Support, Aquatic Therapy, Art Therapy, Assistive Technology, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Career Counseling, Disability Advocacy, Early Intervention, Job Coach, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Schools, Preschool, Typical, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Speech Therapy, Swimming Lessons, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Morgan Autism Center
(408) 241-8161
2280 Kenwood Avenue
San Jose, CA
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Education, Educational Advocacy, Marriage & Family Counseling, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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The Reilly Behavioral Group, LLC
(408) 728-7522
San Jose, CA
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, ABA/Discrete Trial, Behavior Assessment, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Summer Camp/ESY, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Parents Helping Parents (PHP)
(408) 727-5775
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA
Support Services
Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Early Intervention, Support Group Meetings, Support Organization, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Center for Autism and Related Disorders (San Jose)
(858) 278-6603
940 Saratoga Ave. Suite 105
San Jose, CA
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Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars

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I Can Too Learning Center (Kevin Dotts)
(408) 241-9911
2845 Moorpark #103
San Jose, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Early Intervention, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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The Autism Education Network
(408) 558-9404
686 Regas Drive
Campbell, CA
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Disability Advocacy, Educational Advocacy, Support Organization, Training/Seminars

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STE Consultants
(510) 665-9700
2560 9th St., Suite 212M
Berkeley, CA
Support Services
ABA/Discrete Trial, Adult Support, Behavorial Intervention, Early Intervention, Lindamood Bell, Marriage & Family Counseling, Marriage & Family Counseling, Other, Play Therapy, Research, Social Skills Training, Training/Seminars, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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The Meaning Of Advocacy

The meaning of advocacy

Jeff Katz

One of the first, and in retrospect most important, lessons that Karen and I learned, way back when we first met Phyllis Kupperman, was “be Nate’s advocate.” We were new to the world of autism and hyperlexia, and, besides having to become amateur speech therapists and twice-weekly visitors to the Center for Speech and Language Disorders, now we had to become “advocates.” What did it mean?

No doubt, it means different things to different people. Perhaps some interpret it this way:

“Look, my child is no different from yours. Don’t call him/her autistic, don’t label him/her as someone with special needs.” That tack is usually accompanied by much yelling.

Or this:

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry. He/she doesn’t mean to be disruptive.” This is often part of a strategy that involves taking your child away from the scene of the incident, avoiding embarrassment the top priority.

Here’s what we did: always, always, make sure that Nate’s improvement was addressed first and foremost. I can recall the first school meeting in Lincolnshire, IL when labeling Nate autistic was put on the table. Some parents genuinely recoil at that label. It hurt, sure, but what did it matter if, by categorizing Nate as such, he would get the services and extra help he needed to succeed. We asked questions regarding privacy, and making sure his personal information was not fair game, and the answers were satisfactory.

Would we have changed our acceptance of the label if the answers weren’t good enough? Probably not, because what he received as a result of the autism tag was what he needed. Our damaged feelings were inconsequential compared to the big picture of helping Nate. We always saw ourselves as partners with the school in the grand cause that is Nate Katz; we were never adversaries.

I went through a transformation when Nate took, in effect, the same math course for three years straight. I was a solid math student and was upset that Nate was, except for a few units here and there, subjected to identical material in grades 6-8. The epiphany, my V-8 slap in the head moment, came unexpectedly, but it came. Nate’s stagnant math career was of no consequence to his overall development. It was a problem for me and another adjustment of expectations. I look back at that as an important moment of separating my needs from Nate’s

Even now, we are fighting the good fight. As a recent post noted, Nate has a new test reader at SUNY-Cobleskill. He got one bad grade and we’re unsure on the other. Nate puts a lot of effort into studying, but he may get anywhere from 0 to 100 (and has). All we care about is that he is given the best chance at showing his skills to the best of his ability. We’re always in the process of making that happen.

Look, everyone meets their challenges in different way. I’m not suggesting your way is wrong, and ours is right. You can only do what you’re capable of. Yet, at the core, every parent of an autistic child...

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