Welcome to Lehigh Valley Autism Guide
LVAG has been central place for families and professionals to come together to create an inclusive community in Lehigh and Northampton counties. At any point in your personal and professional journey, Lehigh Valley Autism Guide has been there to help you reach your destination faster. It's encouraging to see new programs, improved collaboration and higher community awareness.
Due to the extended deadline and uncertainty with COVID-19 crisis, we have created a separate page dedicated to helping school staff and parents navigate special education during these unprecedented times. Click on the link to be directed to the page. It will updated as information is release so feel free to check back.
Click on the link to learn the guidelines for Early Intervention Services.
People with disabilities, including SSI/SSDI recipients, are included in the fiscal relief package. Stimulus checks will be treated as rebates and will not impact other benefits. For more information, click here for an excellent summary prepared by The Arc.
Not-for-profits are eligible for small business loans, regardless of whether or not they receive Medicaid funding. This is critical for our provider community, as these funds can be utilized to pay staff and other expenses that keep services operational. Additionally, these loans are eligible to be forgiven once this crisis has passed. For more information, click here. NOTE: While this is a significant win, the dollars available are limited and loans will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please see the Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Applications will open on April 15, 2020.
Money Follows the Person and Spousal Impoverishment Protections have been extended through November 30, 2020.
$150 billion in additional local/state funds made available. These funds can be accessed by Vocational Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities entities, although it is anticipated that there will be a lot of competition for these dollars.