A message from the Founder
I am very excited to introduce the release of our inaugural issue of the “Ausome Times”. This publication will be made available quarterly moving forward. I am excited to share all our first experiences here at Ausome Foundation. As we welcome 2022, we look at where we began to get where we are going.
In 2021 we presented our first tuition scholarships, hosted our first public event, launched a YouTube program dedicated entirely to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), initially in Spanish, and received a Proclamation for all our efforts.
The Organization is initially helping the Miami Dade Community and is looking forward to quickly expanding to Monroe, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties and throughout the State of Florida. We believe that every individual diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) deserves the opportunity to achieve the best version of themselves.
The Ausome Foundation Corp. was established as a 501(c)(3) entity in 2021. The inspiration of creating a foundation began shortly after the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) of a close family member. This diagnosis was received 15 years ago after the recognition of various questionable developmental delays and the presence of maladaptive behaviors. At the time, the observation of the day-to-day obstacles that were real to the family such as lack of information, resources, guidance, assistance, and acceptance was overwhelming. While other families with children the same age were scheduling playdates, their lives were consumed with therapy day after day, year after year.
I chose to become a leader and the one who sees obstacles we face in today’s world as motivation for new opportunities. I choose to believe that all individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are different not less. I look at the collective impact we can have by leaning on all our partners, investors, volunteers, and supporters. I invite each one of you reading this newsletter to contact our foundation and speak to one of the Ausome team members devoted to this initiative.
Founder & CEO
I hope this New Year brings, health, peace, and happiness to all of you and your loved ones. I am filled with emotion as we celebrate the launch of The Ausome Times, a new quarterly newsletter that publishes original, actual events in the Autism community. We celebrate the Autism Community in this inaugural issue. On behalf of the entire team at our organization, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the readership of our publication. I take this opportunity to thank our partners, investors, and volunteers for their contribution to our success thus far.
I remember not so long ago waiting for the opportunity to begin this journey, with this purpose and mission on my mind and in my heart. I am both humbled and honored daily by the people’s lives we impact.
The undertaking of our goals requires many helping hands to carry out our mission. As we continue to grow, we will need to create and implement programs to target specific objectives. A volunteer program has been our first successful initiative, as our volunteers are necessary for the sustainability of our foundation.
We at Ausome Foundation have as one of our primary goals the endeavor to educate about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through education, we can achieve acceptance and begin action. It is our intent to provide an important forum to address challenges, concerns that are real, through this platform. We strive to continue to work hard every day to make this mission known, to engage the community, and to be Ausome.
We hope that this foundation will become your resource throughout your Autism journey.
We are welcoming submissions for future issues of the newsletter.
This newsletter will be issued quarterly.
Together, we can be Ausome.
Integration of ABA Therapy in an Academic Setting
ABA therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on improving behaviors, such as social interaction, communication, everyday life skills like fine motor dexterity, hygiene, grooming to name a few. It is most commonly provided to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Acknowledging proven theories and the benefits, with the belief that each individual child is unique, the school administrators at Golden Horizon Academy (GHA) chose to implement a curriculum that combines individualized teaching practices and incorporates ABA Therapy strategies.
Our learning pathway includes resources and assessments that are customized to fit our student’s needs and individual styles to obtain the best possible student outcomes. Day to day education at GHA consists of individualized one-on-one lessons and the implementation of ABA programs while using supportive strategies described in behavioral plans. This method ensures the successful understanding of the learning objectives by our students, as well as skill acquisition. The use of individual and group reinforcers, such as a token system and redirection plans are some of the strategies coupled into the GHA academic curriculum. Teachers, Analysts, Registered Behavior Therapists, and support staff have aligned objectives and goals that allow them collectively to help each student to reach the best of their individual capabilities. Once the behavior is adjusted, learning happens.
I have Medicaid Insurance. Now what?
If you are the parent or loved one of an individual diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) you have probably heard of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It was most likely encountered while conducting research or during a visit or conversation with a medical professional.
Regardless of how you became aware, the one thing you know is the importance of this commonly used method for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (ASD) It is considered by many to be highly successful. Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) is one of the oldest therapy methods first developed as early as the 1960s by Norwegian-American Clinical Psychologist and Professor at UCLA, Ivar Lovas.
For parents who are new to the method, Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) can be a confusing topic. Applied Behavior Therapy (ABA) simplified is a type of therapy that focuses on improving specific behavioral challenges characterized by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), such as social skills, communication, restrictive and repetitive behaviors.
Whether your insurance provider is Medicaid or Private, issued through your employer, an individual or family plan, it will most likely be covered under your plan as noted in the Florida Insurance Requirement for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fla. Stat. Ann. §627.6686 Here are a few MUST haves to assist you through the Medicaid process. Please have the following ready on that initial call to the agency of your choice. Here is a step-by-step guide to assist you.
►Step One – Verify Eligibility
Agency will verify the client’s eligibility while conducting the intake call. If the Admissions Coordinator requested a copy of the insurance card, please send it as soon as possible.
►Step Two – Documentation
Once eligibility has been determined, the documentation listed below needs to be sent to the Admissions Coordinator to apply for an authorization:
A referral for ABA Therapy or an order form. Either one must contain the following:
- Child’s name, diagnosis, and ICD-10-CM code (For example: Autism F84.0)
- Must be up to date (dated within 1 year)
- Signature of the physician including professional credentials. (Cannot be an RN or a PA)
- A Letter of Medical Necessity. If you do not have one, contact the referring or diagnosing physician and request one. The letter should contain the following:
- Child’s name, date of birth, and diagnosis
- Statement ordering/recommending ABA therapy as medically necessary
- Signature of the physician including professional credentials.
- An Individualized Education Program (IEP) School-aged children, attending public schools may send this as an evaluation along with the last progress note from the most recent consultation by a Neurologist/Psychologist/Psychiatrist/Pediatrician.
►Step Three – Consents
Once you have begun to send documentation, a request for a meeting should be scheduled. In this meeting, you will sign all agency consents, along with an explanation of all your rights as a client, and receive an in-depth explanation of the services and the rest of the process.
►Step Four – Evaluation
After the consents are signed, the agency will contact the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that has been carefully screened for your case. The BCBA will then contact you to arrange meetings for him/her to evaluate your child. Once the BCBA feels they have conducted enough observations, they will start writing the Assessment and Treatment Plan.
►Step Five – Authorization
When the BCBA completes the Assessment and Treatment Plan, the request will be submitted to EQ Health Solutions (the Quality Improvement Organization for AHCA). EQ Health solutions can take anywhere from 5-15 business days to respond to our request.
►Step Six – Service
Finally, once the authorization from EQ is received, the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be able to start services promptly. They will require the caregiver’s signature after every session, and it is also the responsibility of the BCBA to conduct parent trainings. The number one priority is always the well-being of the clients.
A Director’s Perspective
Investors, Partners, Sponsors, and Volunteers are vital to our mission. We embrace the involvement of all those committed to our organization in our strategic planning. We know that an external, objective point of view is crucial to our success. The more we receive, the more we can give and accomplish. It is our privilege to invest in opportunities to assist in unlocking each individual’s potential. We must continue to move forward with our growth to preserve the viability of Ausome Foundation for future generations. Our goals are self-imposed and attainable, both short and long-term. We collectively envision achieving each milestone, it keeps us motivated and propels us to always do more, dig deeper. Teamwork is among the many privileges of being a partner of this organization.
If you are reading this and feel you have or need the motivation to engage in any of our upcoming campaigns, projects, or events, don’t hesitate to contact us to see how, when, and where you can participate. We are always grateful to receive these inquiries and convert them to opportunities that are mutually beneficial. The more you commit and participate, the more likely you will want to continue this journey with is.
Director of Corporate Relations & New Business Development
It is with great enthusiasm that I share this public announcement with our community. The foundation was presented with a Proclamation from The Mayor of the Village of Palmetto Bay, Karyn Cunningham. Said proclamation was presented on November 23, during our “Day of Gratitude Event” in Cutler Bay, by Missy Arocha, Village Clerk of Palmetto Bay accompanied by Mayor of Cutler Bay, Tim Meerbott. In addition to this honor, Mayor Cunningham named November 23rd “Ausome Foundation Day” in the Village of Palmetto Bay and encouraged members of the community for recognition and support of our mission.
Gleyder Gonzalez, Alexandra Gonzalez, Lian Longobucco Missy Arocha, Village Clerk, Village Palmetto Bay, and Tim Meerbott, Mayor of Cutler Bay.
Karyn Cunningham, Mayor Village of Palmetto Bay
“Ausome Foundation Day” Proclamation
Armin Akbarpur Dehkordi
Sandro with a group of Ausome Volunteers
High School Sr Volunteer | International Studies Preparatory Academy
Ausome Mom Volunteer
Ausome Mom Volunteer
A Day of Gratitude
Executive Director of ChamberSOUTH
High School Sr Volunteer | International Studies Preparatory Academy
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