Who pays for this treatment?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses who pays for autism treatment.

    Peggy Halliday

    Peggy Halliday is a board certified associate behavior analyst who has specialized in autism education for the past ten years. She is the Director of Outreach Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) in Charlottesville, VA. VIA is a non-profit organization which provides a day school and other resources for families, educators, and other professionals seeking services, training or information about autism and evidence-based interventions. The Institute operates a year-round school for students ages 2-22, a 700-volume library, training workshops, internships for undergraduate and graduate students and teachers, and customized trainings for schools. Peggy supervises a wide range of outreach services, including development and supervision of comprehensive, home-based early intervention programs incorporating naturalistic, incidental, and structured teaching using the principles of applied behavior analysis; training for parents and home instructors; skills assessments, functional behavior assessments and intervention plans, and consultation on Individual Education Plan goals. She has presented trainings and workshops at state and national conferences.

    Host: Who pays for this treatment?

    Peggy Halliday: Public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to every child no matter what their disability is. So, the public schools are required to provide your child beginning at age three in a couple of States including Virginia age two with a free public education that is appropriate for their needs. That means an education in which they can achieve the goals that have been written for them. So, different school interpret this differently but all schools are required to provide an appropriate education for your child, you may need to as their parent, you may need to advocate very strongly to get that appropriate education but it is your child s right.