Here at Tyrone Law Firm we do everything we can to help families who have children with special needs. In fact we have dedicated members of our staff who have had to navigate a path for their own children. If you are a parent with a child with Cerebral Palsy or hypoxic brain injury, we hope these posts will bring you new resources for you, your child, and your family:
Parent to Parent (P2P) of Georgia supports families and individuals impacted by disabilities and special healthcare needs. They offer 7 core services to help parents with the care of their child, along with support from other parents who are also impacted; supporting parents, special needs database, roadmap to success, one-on-one telephone assistance, navigator project, free statewide training, and unique online training opportunities.
Parents raising a child with special needs are often confused and frustrated and often feel alone. Parents may feel that there is no one who will understand exactly how they feel. P2P offers support through parents who have been there and know how to help others. They offer training and guidance to those parents and they become a support group to help others. It is important that parents of special needs kids know that they are not alone.
The special needs database contains over 5,000 resources in more than 150 categories, including but not limited to advocacy, early intervention, diagnostic and evaluation, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, child care centers, respite care, Medicaid, education, counseling, support groups, camps, and vocational services. Each list contains contact information, website info, and a basic description of service including payment options. This is an online database that can be used by parents at any time. However, if a parent needs to, they can call P2P and someone will search for them.
The roadmap to success helps parents find information on Diagnoses, Early Childhood, Education, Parent & Family Support, Transitions, Advocacy, Healthcare, Community Life, Leadership and P2P Navigators. By following the roadmap, parents can figure out what needs are greatest and get their child on the right track for success. Parents can use this as a guide and help their child advance.
Parent to Parent knows that frustration runs high with parents of children with special needs. They do not want anyone to feel alone and offers one-on-one telephone assistance. Parents can call in at any time and talk to a live person… a parent who has experience and can offer support and encouragement. These parents are trained, but most importantly, have experienced living with a disability. They can offer advice and direction and make a big difference in the life of others.
It is the vision of Parent to Parent, “to be the source of choice for support, information, education, and leadership development for Georgians with disabilities or special health care needs, ages birth to 26, and their families.” They believe that every family has value and choices. They want to help families grow and build capacity. It is the P2P mission “to support Georgia families and individuals from birth to 26 impacted by disabilities or special health care needs.” All services offered by P2P are free of charge.
If you would like to know more about Parent to Parent, or other resources for your family you can find P2P on the web at http://p2pga.org/ or by telephone at 1-800-229-2038. If our firm can ever help you or someone you know, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Tyrone Law Firm.