Navigating Neurodiversity Program made possible by generous grants from DPR Construction and McGowan Advocacy Group

The Navigating Neurodiversity Program provides in-depth advocacy and guidance to parents new to the autism diagnosis or in need of help navigating the very complex system of care required for children with developmental disorders. The mission of this program is to help families step-by-step on choosing the right treatment path for their child, getting connected with the correct governmental, educational and community support structures, and building a personalized plan of action to ensure a successful future for their child and family.

What is offered through this program?

In partnership with McGowan Advocacy Group, Autism Tree offers sponsored access to:

  • Up to 10 Hours of personalized direct consultation and one-on-one mentorship with Autism Tree Parent Mentor & Special Education Advocate Michelle McGowan
  • 1 hour monthly group consultation workshops detailing how to navigate the benefits and services offered through the San Diego Regional Center, private practice therapists, and school districts
  • Autism Tree's free programs and services, including but not limited to: parent mentors, resource referrals, & over 200+ annual events designed to improve the confidence, behavior and social communication skills of autistic individuals and provide their families with a supportive community

Services offered by McGowan Advocacy Group on an individualized need as applicable:

  • Reviewing medical and educational records
  • Identifying development and educational needs
  • Advocating at your first initial IEP meeting and any additional supports and services to be provided by the School District
  • Assisting with Medi-cal and/or IHSS application
  • Initial San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) client application process
  • Secure any additional federal, state, & community programs for your child (including but not limited to: IHSS, Regional Center, SSI, Early Start, First Five, Head Start, KidStart, ABA Therapy, Tutoring, IEP Processes)

Who is this program for? Families who:

  • Have received an autism diagnosis within the past 6 months
  • Are seeking an autism diagnosis
  • Have an autism diagnosis but are clearly lacking support services

Is there an income requirement?

No, but families who have a financial need will be given top priority. If participants find value in this program, we would love for them to "pay-it-forward" by making a donation of any amount to the grant fund.

How do I apply for this program? 

To find out if you qualify, please fill out our online application here. Either Rebecca Barron, Director of Autism Tree Operations or Michelle McGowan of McGowan Advocacy Group will contact you if you are accepted into the program.

***UPDATE: As of 9/1/22, we have reached maximum capacity for the 2022 program. To be placed on our waitlist, please fill out the online application. If you are accepted into the program, our team will contact you directly.***

Do YOU or your company want to sponsor this program? Click here to download our sponsorship package.

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