Parents of Autistic Kids Need to Understand the Law

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Any parent will tell you that no two children are alike, and this even more so for the parents and guardians of kids with autism. Indeed, all kids are a gift, and it takes a lot of nurturing and care to see them fully blossom and meet their full potential. The challenges that the parents of autistic children face are unique, but definitely not insurmountable. Once you learn about how to structure your child’s life so that they can have routines and know what triggers to avoid, you have to address how your family is going to navigate the outside world. This also includes becoming somewhat of an expert in the areas of law that will impact and best protect your child.


Your Children’s Rights within the Education System

Children with autism often do best when they are placed in educational settings that are tailored to suit their specialized needs. These settings are present in public, private, charter, and even homeschools. If you are not going to handle your child’s educational needs on your own by developing a homeschool curriculum, then you will need to talk to the administrators at your child’s schools. Learn what types of policies they follow for handling physical and emotional outbursts. Request that you are able to quietly observe for a day to see what actually happens. Learn about the bylaws and rules that your child’s school district follows. Determine that your child’s school is following all state rules. These steps probably seem far and overreaching, but it is better for the parent of an autistic child to know all of the laws and rules before a potentially unpleasant situation develops.

Understanding the Law is Critical for Helping to Diffuse Potentially Volatile Situations

As autism can lead to many different behaviors, with some of them being potentially alarming to the outside world, you have to be well prepared to diffuse any type of situation that could occur in the outside world. For instance, there has been a growing movement to help educate law enforcement on ways to properly identify and handle situations involving autistic persons. This has come about after a number of news reports outlining how excessive use of force was involved in the detainment and subsequent detention of autistic kids and adults whose triggers were actually exacerbated by the actions of law enforcement. You might want to familiarize your child with local law enforcement officers so that they are aware of your family’s situation, which will hopefully prevent your child from being mislabeled as being a violent troublemaker rather than an individual with a valid medical condition.  

Knowing Your Legal Rights and How that Relates to Medical Care

There are many ways the parents of children with autism can ensure that proper medical care is always received. Of course, having a great relationship with your child’s pediatrician is the best and most practical means of being certain that your child gets exceptional care. You should trust that your child’s pediatrician will make referrals to specialists that will help with speech therapy, socialization, and childhood development. On the other hand, knowing what you and your child’s legal rights are will help your child to avoid facing any delays in receiving necessary medical services.

Exploring Autism, Legal Precedents, and Independent Living

You may not know whether or not your child will be able to grow up and live independently yet, but this is a goal that many children growing up with autism aspire to. Learning and understanding state laws are the key to seeing what your family’s options will be. Review Court Records that involve autistic children and adults, their parents or guardians, and see how the courts have ruled. You should search for court records that involve your township, city, county, state, and other nearby municipalities. Sometimes, the outcomes of these cases will be contested and they end up being appealed to higher courts. Check out Public Records Reviews to get the full scoop on cases concerning autistic children reaching the age of consent. At, parents can review state and federal court case records, which will help them to make the best choices for their child’s future.

Helping Your Autistic Child to Live a Full Life 

As parents know, autism can be similar in individuals, but it does not always manifest in the same ways. While you want to help your child to learn how to navigate the world, it is also true that you may not always be there to provide feedback and reassurances. In order for your child to live and thrive with autism, it is going to be necessary for you to take a step back from time to time. Whether your child is able to live fully independently is not the entire question. Instead, look at stepping back as a way for your child to gain confidence in their own unique set of abilities and strengths.

As doctors develop better tools to aid in the diagnosis of autism, more cases are being discovered. There are some people that don’t learn that they have autism until they are already adults. What’s more is that there are millions of people who have autism, people who are living out in the world making waves and pushing to make a difference. Your child can be one of those people if you follow these tips and keep the law on your side.

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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