To Members of the Autism Community in Texas/Louisiana Impacted by Harvey:

SAFETY IS JOB #1: This is an active event. Dangerous flooding is still possible and water may rise through early next week. Pay attention to river crest levels and check to ensure your family is at an elevation above those levels. You can find your current sea level elevation here. Residents will continue to see extensive rainfall. Safety is Job #1 for you and your families.  Do your best to get into a safe, quiet place as quickly as possible. If you do not have natural supports where you can evacuate to be with family or friends, get into a hotel room as quickly as possible.
Please be alert and guard against distraction.  Wandering and elopement are especially dangerous in our community right now due to high flood waters.
Emergency officials and Unlocking Autism volunteers will triage individuals in this order SAFETY, SHELTER, FOOD/WATER, CLOTHING, MEDICINE (unless it is life sustaining medication).

Please continue to register families of kids with ASD hereWe have people on standby that can help them and counsel with them and pray with them and help them calm down.  Other moms who know what this is like.


Critical Needs Assessment:  FEMA may provide financial assistance to individuals and households who, as a result of the disaster, have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwelling. Immediate or critical needs are life-saving and life-sustaining items including, but not limited to: water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) is awarded under the Other Needs Assistance provision of the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) and is subject to a state cost share. It is a one-time $500 payment per household. The State must request that FEMA authorize CNA in a disaster for specific geographic areas that are expected to be inaccessible for an extended period of time (i.e., seven days or longer). The eligibility period for CNA corresponds to the standard registration period for IHP, which is 60 days from the date of the Presidential disaster declaration.

Individuals and households may be eligible for CNA if all of the following have been met:

  • A registration is completed with FEMA;
  • The applicant passes identity verification;
  • At registration, the applicant asserts that they have critical needs and requests financialassistance for those needs and expenses;
  • Their pre-disaster primary residence is located in a county that is designated for CNA; an
  • The applicant is displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence as a result of the disaster.


Transitional Shelter Assistance:  FEMA may provide Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) to applicants who are unable to return to their pre-disaster primary residence because their home is either unihabitaable or inaccessible due to a Presidentially-declared disaster. TSA is intended to reduce the number of disaster survivors in congregate shelters by transitioning survivors into short-term accomodations through direct payments to lodging providers. TSA does not count toward an applicant’s maximum amount of assistance available under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP).

TSA is funded under Section 403 of the Stafford Act and is subject to a state cost-share. The State may request that FEMA authorize the use of TSA for the declared disaster in specific geographic areas.

The affected state, territorial, or tribal government may request TSA. This form of assistance may be considered when the scale and projected duration of the declared incident results in an extended displacement of disaster survivors. The state, territorial, or tribal government, in coordination with FEMA, identifies areas that are inaccessible or that incurred damage which prevents disaster survivors from returning to their pre-disaster primary residence for an extended period of time.

Under TSA, disaster survivors may be eligible to stay in an approved hotel or motel for a limited period of time and have the cost of the room and taxes covered by FEMA. For those who are eligible, FEMA will authorize and fund, through direct payments to participating hotels/ motels, the use of hotels/motels as transitional shelters.  The applicant is responsible for all other costs associated with lodging and amenities, including, but not limted to  incidental room charges or amenities, such as telephone, room service, food, etc.

The initial period of assistance will be 5-14 (adjustable to 30 days, if needed) days from date of TSA implementation. FEMA, in conjunction with the state, territorial, or tribal government, may extend this period of assistance, if needed,  in 14-day intervals for up to six months from the date of disaster declaration.

Individuals and households who are not eligible for TSA will be referred to local agencies or voluntary organizations for possible assistance.

Individuals and households may be eligible for TSA, if:

  • Register with FEMA for assistance
  • Pass identity and citizenship verification
  • Their pre-disaster primary residence is located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA
  • As a result of the disaster, they are displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence
  • They are unable to obtain lodging through another source

FEMA provides eligible applicants access to a list of approved hotels in their area, and applicants may choose to stay at any approved hotel or facility identified by FEMA. The list of approved hotels is available at or the FEMA Helpline. FEMA provides applicants with access and functional needs additional assistance in locating approved hotels to meet their needs.

FEMA bases the amount of TSA on the maximum lodging rate plus taxes for the locality, as identified by the General Services Administration (GSA).

Extending TSA

When FEMA extends TSA eligible applicants are allowed to remain in transitional sheltering through the end of the extended interval if they are otherwise eligible for IHP Assistance, or both

of the following apply:

  • FEMA is currently considering the applicant’s eligibility for Temporary Housing Assistance or is waiting for documentation from the applicant needed to consider eligibility
  • They meet other conditions of eligibility established by FEMA and the coordinating state, territorial, or tribal government

Ending TSA

  • If an applicant who is receiving TSA is approved for Rental Assistance, their TSA-eligibility will terminate at the end of the 14-day interval.
  • Applicants who are not eligible for IHP Assistance may only remain in transitional sheltering until their TSA interval expires.


FEMA Shares Hurricane Harvey Resources for Texas Survivors, Volunteers:





FEMA Registration: 800-621-3362/TTY:

Help Hurricane Harvey ASD Families

 Unlocking Autism is calling on all levels of political leadership and our community to assist with families and individuals with autism impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the floods.  Since Hurricane Katrina hit twelve years ago, we have worked to help our families in the aftermath of natural disasters because this is a special population with special needs. We want to ensure our families are not turned away from shelters or asked to leave as has happened in the past and left to ride out the aftermath in their cars or sheds.

The best way the community can help right now is to pass immediate recovery recommendations to political officials and to spread the word about assistance.  Unlocking Autism is collecting donations, which are tax deductible as we are a registered 501c3.  Donations collected through September 30th, 2017 will go completely to our families in need. We have no employees and no significant overhead costs.

Here is how you can help:

  1. CONTACT YOUR POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: Alert your own local political officials about the need to include special populations with regard to an #ASDPlan and ask them to do what they can to help spread the word through leadership.
  2. MAKE A DONATION: Priority right now will be to collect funds to provide families with WalMart or Amazon gift cards so they can get the items they need as fast as possible specific to the needs of their child or individual living with autism.  Those are all unique as you may imagine so this is the best thing to do at this stage of the event.  As the event continues to unfold, check back because people’s needs will change but families are scattered right now.  The time will come when we need care packages and other donations but for now this is the best way to help.  Our goal is to provide families in need with at least a $250 gift card to get started. You can make your donation here.

    If you specifically make a donation of $65.00, that will be a signal to us to order a weighted blanket for a child.  We are partnering with the same company we worked with last year to get these to comfort our community kids!

  3. FIND OUR FAMILIES: Check on families that you know in Texas and Louisiana that are in the path of the storm.  Have them register with us. We have volunteers on standby to call them and assess their need. They can register easily here.

  4. STAND READY: What we learned here in Baton Rouge last year is that there is a whole country and community of people to love one another.  Last year was clearly a dress rehearsal for this event this year.  Pray for our people. We know God tells us that He will be with us when, not if, the water comes up to our neck.  Pray for their protection and safety. Pray for their swift recovery and provision.  Stay alert for notices as they come and move when you see them.

We are a family.  We fight and we fuss and we are all stressed but our families in Texas and Louisiana need us to be there for them now.  Working together as one – in one body – we will be able to accomplish so much and be a huge blessing to families who need us today…and in the future.

All of our love,

Together we are all Unlocking Autism

Helping the Johnson Family #peoplelikethat

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Kevira Johnson’s family evacuated on Saturday, August 13th from their home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that was quickly filling up with flood water.  Her family has four children ages 16, 10, 3 and 7 weeks. Their 10 year old daughter has Angelman’s syndrome.

The house filled up with 5 feet of water and everything is a total loss.  Their sweet girl lost her pull ups, AFO braces for her feet, mechanical walker, wheelchair and medicines.

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They are not in a shelter. They are not at Kevira’s mother’s home because their daughter would have to sleep on the floor.  She has a curve in her spine and would experience serious pain sleeping on the floor.  She cannot communicate pain or discomfort.

All six members of this family are living with a relative in Bogalusa, LA in a one bedroom home.

Right now, Unlocking Autism has only raised enough to give their family a $250 gift card from WalMart.  Communications are difficult with families on the move and unstable cell phone coverage. Clothing and shoe sizes for the family members are listed below and you can mail them to Unlocking Autism, PO Box 41312, Baton Rouge, LA 70835. PLEASE WRITE “FOR JOHNSON FAMILY” on your box to ensure we get it to the right family and we will deliver it as quickly as possible.

We need to raise approximately $1500 per family to be able to move them into stabilized housing, provide them with blow up mattresses, pillows, sheets, towels, toiletries and one week of food to get them started.  Several shelters around the area have stated that they don’t take “people like that” referring to our children with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities.  We will work to fix that for the next big storm but for now, we need your help to help this family directly.

Unlocking Autism is an all volunteer organization and all funds raised will go directly to families at this time.  Visit Unlocking Autism to make your tax deductible donation. The Johnson family thanks you for your help!


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Panties size 8
Bra 38 DD
Shoe size 10

Girls 14 top and bottom
Pull ups size xl
Shoe size 5y

Girl size 4t-5t top and bottom
Panties size 4t
Shoe size 10

6mths -12 mths
Diapers size 1 or 2
Formula Enfamil  infant

Shoe size 10 1/2
Shirt size medium/large
Pants size 31/32 or 32/32
Jacket size large
Underwear large

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Xl drawlz
Pants 38 waist 34 length
Slim fit pants 40 waist ( big thighs)
Shoes size 12
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