What does Telic Empowerment do?
Telic Empowerment is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, that aims to provide free disability resources, parent support, education, and advocacy to families of children from preschool to young adults that are affected by disabilities. We aim to empower our families to become advocates for themselves, connect with verifiable, dependable and accessible services, programs, and family supports in their community. With the help of our staff, volunteers, established community partners, and sponsors, we educate the community and organizations on disability awareness, and equip our families with the tools and resources needed to access financial, independent living, educational, and health services. We do this through monthly parent support groups, community events, and workshops.
Who does Telic serve?
We serve families currently residing in Dekalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties,that have a child from preschool age to young adult, who are affected by all types of disabilities.
What types of services do you provide?
We manage an extensive disability resource database that encompasses local organizations and businesses. These resources can be referred to families who request them HERE. We are always looking for organizations that catered to the disabled population, to add to our resource database. We host disability friendly community events, and a monthly Parent Support Group(PEG) for parents with disabled children or adults. We hold monthly workshops with a variety of topics that are designed to educate, empower, and encourage our families to advocate for themselves .
What kind of resources do you offer?
Educational– for families needing IEP assistance, educational advocates, tutoring, schools and programs for special populations, understanding parent rights, public and private school requirements, ect..
Independent Living– for the special needs young adult that desires more assistance with becoming independent, resources include: vocational training and programs, transportation, supportive employment, day programs, ect..
Health– for families needing additional resources on: how to apply for waivers, medicaid eligibility, finding medical services, medical equipment, support coordination, health centers, ect…
Financial– information on: finding funding sources for services, respite, equipment, ect..money management for middle income households that don’t qualify for Medicaid, money saving options(food pantries, clothing closets, discount retailers, ect..) insurance needs.
How do I request a resource?
To request a resource for your child or adult with a disability please fill out the request resources form here.
How does my organization join your resource database?
If you have an organization, that serves the disabled population, and would like to be added to our database, please go HERE.
Do you offer resources outside of your 4 categories?
Our primary focus is to provide education and resources that will cover the basic areas of need for the special needs population we serve. We are only able to offer resources in these particular categories at this time, but strive to refer only reliable, up to date, and reputable organizations that are in agreement with our mission and standards.
What areas do you primarily serve?
We primarily provide services for the underserved areas of South Dekalb, Rockdale, and Newton Counties, in the state of GA.
I live outside of your service area, can you still assist me?
At this time we are unable to serve individuals and families living outside of Dekalb, Rockdale and Newton counties in Georgia. If you are outside of these counties, but reside in the state of GA, we would recommend you contact your local community service board or the GA. Department for Behavioral Health for resources and assistance.
Where are you located?
We are currently striving to strategically place ourselves within the South Dekalb, Rockdale, and Newton county communities that we serve. Our goal is to be easily accessible to the public through our online site and by hosting our parent support groups, workshops, and community events, in public venues. To locate us, please follow our Programs and Events calendar. Feel free to ask any questions by visiting our Contact Us page. We aim to maintain a good working relationship with other local organizations, so that we can continue to provide our mobile outreach. We would love to see you volunteer or participate at one of our events!
Do you include transportation resources?
Yes! We have resources for transportation.
What disabilities are included?
We serve families affected by many primary disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to: physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, intellectual and learning disabilities, developmental delays, epilepsy, adhd, and autism. We are an inclusive community. Telic does not serve children and adults that have been diagnosed with all mental health conditions, or medical illnesses, but only those that are included in IDEA. http://www.understandingspecialeducation.com/13-categories-of-special-education.html
What do you mean by disability and special needs?
There is such a negative stigma around the word “disability” and “special needs”. Telic is here to help you shake off the shackles of those labels. The term disability is more of a legal term, that assists you in getting services, more access to resources, and a better understanding of how to navigate your experience more successfully. It is not your identity. Here at Telic, we understand that your children and young adults are individuals, and are not defined by your disability or special need. We aim to help empower and educate families to be self-advocates and effectively access their needs. For more information on understanding special education, please refer to this website: http://www.understandingspecialeducation.com/13-categories-of-special-education.html
How can I contact Telic?
When are you open?
Our phone lines are open from the hours of 9am-1pm, Mon-Fri. The best way to reach our staff is via email at [email protected] Our email accounts are monitored 7 days week.
How can I become a sponsor?
We love all of our corporate and individual sponsors!! Your monetary sponsorship is needed to fund all of our programs and services, since all of our programs, services and events are typically free to the public. All of our sponsors will also be recognized on our sponsor spotlight page.
If you are interested in making a monetary donation of your choice you can do so here.
How much do you charge for services?
We aim to keep all of our workshops, resources, and support groups completely FREE of charge to the public. We heavily rely on grants, corporate sponsors, and generous donations to fund our programs and events. Any organizations that are not currently our partners but would like to request a Telic representative to speak at an event will be asked for a monetary donation of your choosing to our organization in lieu of any forms of payment for our participation.
What kind of donations do you accept?
We currently accept monetary donations. We also accept In-Kind donations in the form goods or services. Please make your monetary donation online via our support us page.
We are always in need of goods, services, or gift cards that can be raffled or auctioned off at our outreach and charity events.
How do I become a volunteer?
We happily welcome volunteers at our workshops, trainings, and outreach events to greet our attendees, interact with attendees at our information tables, and assist families at our events. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, indicate your interest on our Volunteer Opportunities page. We look forward to working with you!