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RANs serve those who have questions, concerns, or resource needs related to autism

“Family navigators tend to be people that have experienced being the caretakers of an individual or a person with a disability and it provides the other parents that are kind of new to disability … with emotional support, with help … to navigate systems – whether it’s the school system or the health care system – and connect them with the resources that are available in the community. As a parent, because you have lived certain experiences, you know you are able to relate and parents sometimes they need that extra support.”

Dr. Doris Hill, director of the Regional Autism Network (RAN) at Auburn University, and Maria Gutierrez, a RAN family navigator, join Alabama Care lead anchor Alex Bimes to provide an overview of the RAN and of the Hispanic Training and Resources Advocacy Network (HTRAN).

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Alabama Care is partially supported by the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities ( The views expressed are not necessarily the views of these organizations.

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