Advocacy, Activism, & Resources for Autism
Monica turns more than 25 years of activism and advocacy for autism into evidence-based, proven resources for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Find out more today.
As a parent of a child (young or adult), you will have a gambit of experiences. Each age and stage has assessments, adventures, downsides, joys and sometimes fears. As parents, we are often transported through a system of that provides a menu of services that may or may not meet the needs of our loved one. Relationships change, supports look different, and the paperwork, oh my goodness, it can be overwhelming! Through it all, families seek to stay focused on the vision of their son’s and daughter’s future, while keeping their sanity. It is essential for your son or daughter to be at the center of decisions and choice, while remembering their history, interests, strengths and potential barriers to community life. One way to capture this valuable information is through a Person–Centered Plan.
The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services recently had rule changes for Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) that emphasizes personal autonomy, community integration and choice. Click the toggle to learn more:
New Rule and Person-Centered Planning: Requirements and Resources
The new rule adds requirements for the person-centered planning process and for person centered plans for HCBS. The rule specifies that service plans for HCBS must be developed through a person-centered planning process that provides necessary information and support so that the individual can direct the process and make informed choices. The process must be directed by the individual and the individual’s freely chosen representative and must reflect individual preferences and goals. The plan must be written so that the individual can understand the plan. At a minimum, the plan must address:
- The setting chosen by the individual
- Individual health and long term support and service needs
- Community participation
- Income and savings
- Health care and wellness
- Paid and unpaid supports
- Providers of services
- Back up plans, when needed
- Individual’s choice to self-direct services
- An entity responsible for monitoring the plan
The rule directs states to ensure that the setting chosen by the individual is integrated in, and supports full access of individuals receiving Medicaid HCBS to, the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.
WOW…this is exciting! Check out these links for information, templates and examples of PCPs: Path Plans, MAPS, Essential Life Style Plan, and Discovery.
For Person Centered Plan Facilitation, Training and Mentoring, please contact Monica at Monica@MonicaMeyer.com
Monica Meyer, Autism Activist, Keynote Speaker, Mother to 32-Year-Old Michael
From her son’s birth, Monica has had to discover or develop techniques of connecting Michael to the community and to the resources that have helped him lead a happy and fulfilling life. Speaking, conducting trainings, and meeting with parents, caregivers, and professionals lets her share her valuable insight and experiences.
Whole Life Community Living Consultant
Monica began with compassion for adults who have ASD (autism spectrum disorder), and a desire for them to lead happy, fulfilled lives, completely integrated onto the community. She shares her years of experience through the practical, evidence-based resources that parents and professional care staff need.
Monica’s credibility comes from raising a child with autism into adulthood, which gave Monica the real life experience of finding—and often times developing—community resources necessary for her son. Her trainings share the specific strategies parents and professional care staff need to be successful in supporting their adult child’s autism.
Finding that being a member of the community was key to a happy and fulfilling life for her son, Monica has created ways of integrating adults with autism into their community, promoting their communication, independence, and decision making.
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Monica is a tireless advocate for individuals with autism across the lifespan and has a special interest in adults with classic autism.
She strongly believes that adults with classic autism should be active members of their community, participating at the level they are comfortable with.
Monica does this through designing structured opportunities in “real-life” settings that open up experiences for the individual with autism to make true choices for residential and work prospects.
Monica has raised Michael from birth to adult. Early in her journey she realized how difficult it was to get services and help from government programs, health care professionals, etc.
For more than twenty years Monica has focused on developing the support and techniques to help Michael become a member of the community with a happy comfortable lifestyle.
Her focus is on sharing these resources with other parents and guardians, freeing their time from having to hunt for help and solutions to spending it where it counts.
Monica turned her personal and professional experiences into useful, practical resources for parents and professional care staff.
In addition to her experience raising her son Michael, professional affiliations include appointment by the Governor of Washington to the State Autism Task Force.
Monica Meyer Consulting offers training, consultation, and a wide range of evidence-based ASD resources and strategies to support parents and care professionals.