Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Asperger/Autism Network

The Asperger/Autism Network helps people with Asperger's and similar autism spectrum and neurodiverse profiles build meaningful, connected lives. This organization provides information, education, support and advocacy, and social and activity groups for children, teens, and adults within this population.

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Autism Now

Autism Now provides information regarding classroom and education-related subjects such as individualized education programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, transition planning for students, information for college students, and more. Contained within this organization is The National Autism Resource and Information Center, which is a central point of resources and information for individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other key stakeholders.

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Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Institute provides information based on research to parents and professionals throughout the world. For more than 40 years, this nonprofit organization has devoted its work to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood. The ARI data bank, the world's largest, contains over 40,000 detailed case histories of children with autism from more than 60 countries.

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Autism Society

The Autism Society, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy at the national, state, and local levels.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible. Here, you can read about autism spectrum disorders, as well as CDC research projects at the federal, state, and local levels; find the most current information regarding the prevalence of autism or the association between vaccines and autism; and access interactive tools for parents on detection and community awareness materials

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National Autism Association

The National Autism Association provides guidance for individuals with autism and aims to help each individual reach their full potential when navigating the world around them. Their mission is to provide unparalleled resources to individuals and families affected by autism; support best practice models for nationwide implementation; and shape the national dialogue through the transfer of expertise and knowledge.

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National Autism Center

The National Autism Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities.

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National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. The NIMH aims to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on the mind, brain, and behavior. Their website includes information on autism and a detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments is available.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. They have created a web page with information and resources about autism spectrum disorders. Here, you can find practical tips, fact sheets, and links to websites that offer free, high quality resources for providers and families.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has outlined information covering various forms of treatment for autism spectrum disorders. Visit this website for pertinent scientific evidence, expert opinion, and client/caregiver perspective.

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Association for Science in Autism Treatment

improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism. Their mission is to disseminate accurate, scientifically valid information about autism and treatments for autism and to improve access to effective, science-based treatments for all people with autism, regardless of age, severity of condition, income, or place of residence. Here, you will find research summaries of the full array of autism treatments for families and professionals to make informed choices before considering treatment options.

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Autism Source

Created in 2004, The Autism SourceT Resource Database is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to their constituents; therefore, they have employed their nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism SourceT Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings.

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Psychology Today

Psychology Today hosts a platform for families to look for autism therapists by state. A family can select different criteria that they would like in the services, including: issues involved, gender of therapist, age range treated, and therapy type.

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Autism Empowerment

Autism Empowerment is dedicated to making life better and more meaningful for individuals and families in the Autism and Asperger communities worldwide. This organization wants visitors to be able to access reference information, resources, and support through their website, programs, and support services. This webpage can connect families with other not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States and worldwide who are also dedicated to providing resources, information, and/or support to the Autism and Asperger community.

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MyAutismTeam

MyAutismTeam is a free social network for parents of kids with autism. With over 30,000 parents registered on the site, you can find parents similar to 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 other's 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.

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Autism Spectrum News

Autism Spectrum News is a nonprofit quarterly publication that provides readers with a trusted source of education, information and community resources on scientific research, evidence-based clinical treatment best practices, and family issues that are of vital interest to the autism community. Directed towards a broad audience of families, treatment professionals and service providers, Autism Spectrum News provides free and full readable copies of current and back issues on its website.

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Got Transition

Got Transition offers guidance on making sure health care and insurance needs are being met as a child with autism transitions into an adult. This site is a national resource that supports optimal transitions from pediatric to adult models of health care for youth with and without special health care needs.

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Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN's supporters include autistic adults and youth, those with other distinct neurological types and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators, and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to change public perception and combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the autism spectrum. Their activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research and the development of autistic cultural activities, and other opportunities for autistic people to engage with others on the spectrum.

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Watch Me Learn

Watch Me Learn is a video series that was developed by a mother to teach children on the autism spectrum critical everyday skills. Using an effective learning concept, this video series focuses on social interaction, attention skills, play, building language (especially labeling), understanding gestures and developing imitation skills. The program is approved by National Autism Association and ABLLS-R.

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Cornonavirus and Autism Behavioral Study (CABS) via The Ohio State University

This document from The Ohio State University contains contact information for national autism organizations and places to learn more about ASD, sites to locate support services for assistance during COVID-19, suggests activities to complete with your child based on their age, and links to milestone trackers to follow your child's development and progress.

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