Do you take individuals with autism?
This is one of the most common questions we get. We are aware of the many challenges in finding support and respite services for both children and adults with ASD.
While our son has ASD tendencies, we could not find a place that would take our son because of his g-tube, diaper, deaf/blindness, appendicostomy and other physical challenges. From asking around, we found many other families were facing the same challenge-there was nowhere to go.
So we designed BOC for those individuals who would not qualify for the resources that currently exist. Our backgrounds are in deaf/blindness, sensory input, skin care, g-tube feedings, ostomy/catheter care, seizure monitoring, and other physical challenges that have made it difficult to find care in the community.
We appreciate more than anyone how challenging it is to find a place for someone to care for your child, and as our representative from the Department of Human Services said when she approved our policies on who will attend BOC, saying no and turning someone away is going to be the hardest part of our job.
There are many resources that exist in Utah for those with ASD and to help you find the best care for your child, we have compiled a list of resources. Please let us know if you have any to add:
Autism Access: hosts conferences in Utah for families of individuals with ASD
Big MAKS: Moms of Autistic Kids Support Group
Autism Council of Utah: Independent council working to foster collaboration, communication and learning among families and agencies by supporting statewide partnerships to collaborate on resources, research and training (incidentally, we applied for a grant to expand BOC and provide respite for those with ASD and were turned down)
Matt's Place: Provide resources and services for verbal children and adolescents with autism
Utah Parent Center: They have trainings, workshops, and a ton of resources for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities.
Information on the Autism Waiver
University of Utah Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic