Listed below are key organizations who specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders. We encourage you to explore their websites and also to connect with your state or local National Federation of Families affiliate if you need support, information or resources or are concerned that your child/youth may have an autism spectrum disorder.
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The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association website offers some great resources for those with higher functioning autism. AHANY also provides a set of useful questions to ask when choosing a camp or summer program for your special needs child.
Started by a woman whose son was diagnosed with autism, Autism Highway is both informative and fun. The website is easy to navigate and it provides an extensive list of autism-related events and specialists. In addition, Autism Highway includes interactive games for kids.
Autism Navigator is a collection of web-based tools and courses developed to bridge the gap between science and community practice. They have integrated the most current research into an interactive web platform with video to illustrate effective evidence-based practice. The video clips come from the rich library of video from federally funded research projects at the Autism Institute at Florida State University.
The Autism Research Institute focuses on researching the causes of autism, as well as developing safe and effective treatments for those currently affected by the disorder.
The Autism Society is a grassroots autism organization working to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. Find your local chapter here. The society has also partnered with AMC Entertainment to provide children affected by autism the opportunity to watch hit movies in a sensory-friendly environment, with the lights turned up and the sound turned down. Find a list of upcoming films in your city here.
Autism Speaks is an autism awareness, science, and advocacy organization. The website provides a comprehensive resource guide for all states. The 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under. Visit Autism Speaks to see their comprehensive listing of autism websites for families.
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A free social network for parents of kids with autism. With over 30,000 parents registered on the site, you can find parents just like you based on where you live, the age of your child, your child's sub-diagnosis and developmental needs, and gender. Parents share tips, support, and photos, as well as ask and answer each others' questions. In addition, there is a searchable provider directory of over 35,000 autism specialists and autism-friendly providers constantly updated by parents on the site. MyAutismTeam is the official social network and resource guide for Autism Speaks.
OAR’s mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism. The organization uses science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. In addition to funding research, OAR disseminates new and useful information to as many members of the autism community as possible, and directs all research and programs initiatives toward enhancing the quality of life for individuals with autism.
Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. The project also fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.
A great site for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Early intervention is invaluable because it links parents to services in the community, but it can be hard to find services without a long waiting list. Families can search on their own for providers using the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids With Disabilities.