In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (also, yin-yang or yin yang) describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
Today we'll look at two different but complimentary entities: the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and Disability.gov.
When our children are young, we're involved in an entitlement program - the school system is charged with bringing services to us.
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities, located in Silver Spring, MD, is a national, nonprofit organization that promotes and supports the national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice through research, education, leadership, and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
"AUCD advocates for policies that support family caregivers of individuals with developmental and other disabilities across the lifespan, including the Lifespan Respite Care Act, the National Family Caregiver Support Program, and Family Support funded under the Developmental Disabilities Act."
The Government Side
"...the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide."
If you're looking for government services, you should also find your developmental disability services department of state government. They go by different names and are housed in different branches of government, but each state has one. Here are a few examples:
- Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
- Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD)
- South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities
- Vermont Division of Disability and Aging Services - Developmental Disability Services
Putting it "All Together Now"
In the coming months, we'll be working on ways to help families navigate the waters of adult services. For now, we hope this information will help you get started with researching the yin and yang of it all.