Guiding Parents to Services

ABOUT  

Through a partnership between CDSA and Smart Start, GPS is provided at no cost to families enrolled with CDSA and are starting to transition to CMS. GPS acts as a “bridge” to the next program your child and family will be working with.

GPS IS PROUD TO OFFER: 

  • Monthly check-in (virtual options available) with
    families
    • Provided educational, community, and health-related resources
    • Family emotional support
  • Guidance during the CMS evaluation and IEP process
  • Virtual Village – a parent discussion group
    • Details coming soon
  • Workshops and speakers on a variety of topics

FOR PREVIOUS GPS FAMILIES

 

Effective July 1, 2021, GPS no longer serves the autism community in the same way as it has in the past.  For families who no longer qualify for GPS but require autism support, please call Nancy Nestor at the Autism Society of North Carolina: 704-894-9678 ext. 1609.

 

AUTISM RESOURCES

Autism Family Resource Guide

Autism is a journey. This guidebook can be used as a map while navigating your family’s unique course.

Guía de autismo

El autismo es un viaje. Esta guía se puede utilizar como mapa mientras navega por el recorrido único de su familia.

Autism Digital Toolkit

A companion to our Family Resource Guide, here you will find further resources, articles, and support.  

Social Stories for Autistic Children

Essentials for improving the way children with autism relate to others, allowing them to  learn what to do and what not to do. 

CONTACT THE GPS COORDINATOR

Amy DeShazo, M.Ed

GPS@smartstartofmeck.org

(704) 806-5123

Turn Five Ready to Thrive

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
(704) 377-6588
601 E. 5th Street, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28202