Organizations, Foundations, Services and Resources
(Virginia and National)
Commonwealth Autism Service’s mission is to provide leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services to maximize the potential and quality of life of each Virginian with autism across the lifespan.
Welcome to the VA Autism Council’s website on Autism Training in Virginia. This is Virginia’s clearinghouse on best practices and research-based education and training opportunities to advance personnel development in autism in Virginia.
The Virginia Autism Resource Center’s mission is to provide training, case consultation, and information to parents and staff serving individuals with autism and related disorders.
The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community.
Welcome to O.A.S.I.S. Although there is no oasis or paradise for those with Asperger’s Syndrome, they, along with parents and professionals, may find a bit of shade and support via the information presented and links available at this site.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.
State-by-state guide to resources with a clickable map.
MAAP Services for autism and Asperger syndrome is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of More advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).
This web community designed for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, PDD, ADD, ADHD, OCD, and other attention behavioral continuum syndromes provides a forum where members can communicate with each other, an article section where members may read and submit essays or how-to guides about various subjects, and a chat room for real-time communication.
The Autism Calendar published by the Schafer Autism Report.
Beyond Autism contains over 2,700 working links to other resources and is a comprehensive source of information for those of you just starting out – to help you move “beyond” the label of autism.
Formerly The Center for the Study of Autism (CSA) who partnered with Autism Research Institute (ARI), this website has changed it’s focus to “Autism Collaboration” — “A new research initiative with parents as partners which melds scientists and stakeholders in a novel research program.” The website includes:
Autism Research Institute (Inclusive of DAN–Defeat Autism Now–and their clinical protocol)
Autism Society of America
The National Autism Society
SAR (Schafer Autism Report)
TACA (Talk About Treating Autism)
The National Autism Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting effective, evidence-based treatment approaches and providing direction to families, practitioners, organizations, policy-makers, and funders.
Physician’s Information on Autism Disability: This useful collection of links is provided by Doctor Disability Insurance from California.
Education and Interventions
Helping Children with Autism: Autism treatment strategies and parenting tips from helpguide.org. As this resource points out, “There are many things parents can do to help children with autism overcome their challenges. But it’s also important to make sure you get the support you need. When you’re looking after a child with autism, taking care of yourself is not an act of selfishness.”
Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent’s Guide. This resource has a collection of general links on autism, plus tips on parenting and communicating with autistic children.
Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication handicapped Children, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their mission is to To enable individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community; To provide exemplary services throughout North Carolina to individuals with autism and their families and those who serve and support them; and As a member of the University community, to generate knowledge; to integrate clinical services with relevant theory and research; and to disseminate information about theory, practice, and research on autism through training and publications locally, nationally and internationally.
The Floortime Foundation’s mission is to redefine the potential of children with developmental and communication challenges by making the DIR/Floortime model broadly available.
The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding is a non-profit organization dedicated to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those who work alongside them to improve mutual understanding. We work to improve social understanding on both sides of the social equation, helping both persons with ASD and those who are considered to be ‘normal’ to be able to communicate.
Eden, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, was founded in 1975 with a unique mission – to meet the lifespan needs of individuals with autism. Parents and professionals alike joined together to develop a family oriented, multifaceted program with a well-trained and dedicated faculty. Inherent in Eden’s founding was the commitment to provide a cost-effective, community-based alternative to institutionalization and to offer programming that would meet the changing needs of children and adults with autism.
Established in the School of Education at Syracuse University in 1992, the Facilitated Communication Institute conducts research, public education, training and scholarly seminars. It was created as a way of bringing together the research community, people with disabilities, their families, and practicing professionals to examine, learn about, and share information on facilitated communication.
How to Teach Pivotal Behaviors to Children with Autism: A Training Manual.
The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention is a research-based program that specializes in using the UCLA Model of Applied Behavior Analysis to teach children with autism, pervasive developmental disorders, and related developmental disabilities. The program provides services nationwide.
This is the home of The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) that was developed in 1985 as a unique augmentative/ alternative training package that teaches children and adults with autism and other communication deficits to initiate communication. It is also home to the Pyramid Approach to Education that is a unique teaching method that establishes effective learning environments for children and adults with autism or related developmental disabilities and severe learning impairments.
Sensory Integration International (SII) is a non-profit corporation concerned with the impact of sensory integrative problems on people’s lives.
At Sensory Learning Center International, we work with children and adults to improve perception, understanding and the ability to learn. The Sensory Learning Program is an innovative approach to developmental learning that unites three modalities (visual, auditory and vestibular) into one intervention allowing individuals to better integrate sensory messages.
The Georgiana Institute is a nonprofit organization associated with Auditory Integration Training (AIT) and Digital Auditory Aerobics (DAA).
Approximately 1.5 million people are currently affected by autism, a term used to refer to Pervasive Developmental Disorders, in the United States. Many parents are clamoring for information about this growing epidemic, and more seems to become available every day as scientists begin to understand its causes and the most effective forms of treatment. Below are links meant to help anyone seeking this information.
Books, Publications and Materials
Books and publications from AAPC Publishing (formerly Autism Asperger Publishing Company) offer practical resources that parents, teachers or daycare providers need to offer meaningful, stimulating activities for individuals with autism, Asperger Syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders.
This is the online home of the Autism Resource Network, a one-of-a-kind Book Store that is packed with merchandise and information for individuals with ASD and those who love, care for, and educate them. We are a Minnesota nonprofit corporation.
This web site provides activities to promote independence in children and adults with special learning needs.
Future Horizons is a leading publisher in the world in autism and Asperger’s.
This site offers innovative learning materials designed for children and adults with special needs.
Students with autism spectrum disorders and lots of other students with behavior or communication challenges tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see better than what they hear. Therefore, they benefit significantly from the use of visual strategies. Deciding when and how to use pictures and other visual supports is the key. Learn lots of great ideas here.
This software helps people with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism, and similar issues learn to recognize facial expressions.
Update: Resources Collected by Michelle Peng
The Teacher’s Success Guide for Special Needs Students
Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities
Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances
Don’t Give Up: Great Lessons for Kids
Disability.gov: Find Information on Education, Health, Benefits, and more
Medicare Disability: Enrollment for disabled Americans
Update: Resources Collected by Sara Bell
Home Modifications to Promote Independent Living
Disability Accommodation Cost Guide
Home Safety for People with Disabilities
Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation
Guide to Traveling for the Disabled
Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities
Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises
Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips
Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
Special addition: Kathleen’s list (from http://educatorlabs.org/), contributed by Kathleen Carter:
I have Asperger’s Syndrome, but I’m not letting it stop me! My name is Kathleen and I am part high school student, part volunteer-intern-extraordinaire here at EducatorLabs, where I’m getting to help with research and now a bit of outreach!
I’m lucky enough to get work experience, but I know not everyone else with Asperger’s and other autistic disorders is so lucky and gets to live such an active life. I get self-conscious around people sometimes though I love to write, but over time I’ve been coming out of my shell by trying new things. I want others to do the same!
I’m trying to put together resources to help empower others with autism to be confident, social, and able to overcome their obstacles. My goal is to hear back from 25 people who have shared my findings, and then I can get credit for volunteering.
I’m excited to share what I’ve found so far in hopes that your visitors would find them useful, too (maybe here: http://www.valleyautism.org/autism-links)!
Autism Speaks Resource Guide
Career Assistance for People with Autism
National Center for Autism Resources & Education
AutismNOW Transition Planning
Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism