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Community: Support Groups and Disability Specific Organizations

Autism


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Autism Allies is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. They provide grants to financially disadvantaged families, support and conduct education and informational activities to increase public awareness of autism, fund research into the causes and treatments of autism and offer employment services that connect businesses with reliable workers. To learn more, call (612) 384-4265 or e-mail info@autismallies.org.

Autism Gateway is intended to provide Physicians the information they need to effectively care for patients with autism. While intended for Physicians, the information will also prove very useful to families of children with Autism. The site covers everything from early diagnosis to ongoing treatment options. The website also features video cases of children and young adults with Autism.

New Sign Autism Moms Support Group This support group was started to help connect moms and families together to help one another, share ideas and make friends. It is a Support Group for parents who have a child on the Spectrum. This is an up beat Facebook group.

Autism Network International (ANI) is a self-advocacy group run by and for autistic persons. This group welcomes families, however the main focus of this group is on the issues and needs of individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. They also sponsor an annual "Autreat." For information, please visit their website.

Autism Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization, was established in 1967. ARI is primarily devoted 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. They provide information based on research to parents and professionals throughout the world.

Autism Society of America via their local chapters, works to provide lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. Their primary activities include education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of research. They offer an informative website that can help one better understand Autism, learn about treatment options, as well as information and resources for those living with Autism. To learn how the society can help you, visit their website or call (800) 328-8476. This is an excellent site and resource. You can download their information packages, read through book and tape lists, request membership information (local & national), and more.

Autism Speaks is an advocacy organization dedicated to: funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Via their Family Services web section, you can search for resources by zip code, tap into their resource library to find helpful books, DVDs and software, link to other families via online communities and much more.

Autism Today is an online source for the latest resources and information on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This site features a resource directory, event listings, informative articles, a frequently asked questions section, and much more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of and the latest research on Autism. Online Fact Sheets, Resource Kits, Growth Charts, and more will help parents ensure that their children are receiving the treatments and services they need to lead a productive life.

Carol Gray Social Stories was created by Carol Gray who is the author of Social Stories.

Indiana Resource Center for Autism is a great resource for information and support located at Indiana University, Indiana Resource Center for Autism. They offer a wide range of resources and publications. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism staff conduct outreach training and consultations, engage in research, and develop and disseminate information on behalf of individuals across the Autism spectrum, including Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. Their efforts are focused on providing communities, organizations, agencies, and families with the knowledge and skills to support children and adults in typical early intervention, school, community, work, and home settings. ASPIRES (Asperger Syndrome Partners & Individuals Resources, Encouragement and Support). This is an on-line resource for spouses and family members of adults diagnosed or suspected to be on the Autistic Spectrum. Their approach is directed towards solving problems in relationships.

Interactive Autism Network Community is an online forum that brings together people affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and researchers in an effort to improve the lives of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Families can share their experiences and participate in interactive discussions, which ultimately results in producing shared knowledge and resources.

National Autism Association has a mission to advocate, educate, and empower. They advocate on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights, raise public and professional awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and empower those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential. Via their website, they offer much helpful information and a listing of resources. Via their Family First Fund, they offer direct financial assistance that can assist with treatment. They also offer computer grants. For more information, visit their website or call (877) 622-2884.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke includes a national listing of Autism Organizations as well many other autism related resources.

OAR - Organization for Autism Research provides helpful information and tools to educators, parents, and professionals on a range of Autism topics. Via their Life Journey Through Autism Series they have written six guides to assist parents and educators with such topics as research, transition, and assessments.

Rethink Autism is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based online service that is designed to put parents in control of their child’s treatment. The service will help parents make assessments, teach basic life skills and track their child's progress. While this service is available for a fee, parents may also sign up for Free Autism Tips via e-mail, which will include: practical daily living advice, and links to autism tip videos and live webinars with autism experts.

Reverse Autism Now is a website that was developed for Parents of autistic children from Parents with an Autistic child. The parent who developed the site are interested in assisting their child with Autism to get better. They recognize that not all Autism syndromes are alike but are interested in doing all they can to find out. The website is comprehensive in covering the topic of Autism with Resources, Information on Symptoms, Types, Causes, Testing, Treatments, Prevention, News and Research along with Autism Blogs.

Spotlight On Autism developed by Scitable by Nature Education provides links to articles and resources concerning Autism. Their site is divided into several sections, including What is Autism, Treatments for Autism, Living with Autism, Facts and Figures About Autism, and Autism and Vaccines.

TACA - Talk About Curing Autism is a not-for-profit foundation of families helping families affected by autism. Their website features an abundance of information on improving behavior, communication, socialization and learning in children with Autism. TACA can also connect you with local families affected by Autism.


State Listings


California

Autism Society of Los Angeles one-third of all people with autism in California live in Los Angeles County. The Autism Society of Los Angeles is a non-profit 501c3 corporation serving millions of people in the L.A. area affected by autism. They are working to make a difference in the lives of people with autism and their families in Los Angeles County by empowering individuals with autism, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration. Contact them at 8939 S Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 110-788 Los Angeles, CA 90045, Ph: 562-804-5556, Fax: 562-425-4940 or by send e-mail to execdirector@autismla.org

California Autism Foundation provides people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training and assistance to help them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity and fulfillment. Programs include ABC Adult Day Program (Age 18+), ABC School (Ages 6-22), Educational & Vocational Programs, Employment Programs, and Residential Program,s Contact them at 4075 Lakeside Drive • Richmond, CA 94806 • (510) 758-0433 Phone • (510) 758-1040 Fax • or sent email to info@calautism.org

Harbor Regional Center is a private, not-for-profit corporation contracting with the State of California for the provision of services to persons with developmental disabilities pursuant to the Lanterman Act. Harbor Center provides quality services: diagnosis and evaluation, information and referral, individual or family service planning, family support, and assistance in finding and using community resources for people with developmental disabilities and their families, to promote their participation as valued neighbors in our communities. Planning and Service Coordination offers many publications for children, adults and their families on support and benefits. Contact the Harbor Regional Center, 21231 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, Ca. 90503 or call the Main Phone Number 310-540-1711.

Morgan Center has served as a school and as a resource for families and professional service providers Bay Area-wide. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, the school program supports students and adults, ages five through 58, who are impacted by autism. The center is a nurturing environment focused on constant program optimization to deliver the greatest opportunities for success as autism rates continue to rise at an alarming rate. Contact Morgan Center at 2280 Kenwood Avenue, San Jose, Calif. 95128 or call the Main Phone(408) 241-8161, the Adult Program at (408) 241-8436 or Fax (408) 241-8231.


Maryland

Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to serving persons disabled by Autism, so that they may remain in and fulfilled by their communities. Services include early intervention, a community school, as well as residential and vocational programs. Their website features information on Autism, legislative action alerts, the latest in news and an events calendar. For more information, call (301) 762-1650 or e-mail csaac@csaac.org.


New Jersey

Autism New Jersey is a non-profit agency providing information and advocacy, services, family and professional education, and consultation to New Jersey's Autism community. Parent Services provide parents and other family members with a better understanding of autism and related pervasive developmental disorders, strategies for teaching their child, and strategies for handling behavior problems in the home. Services include information and referral, family advocacy, support groups, a parent series on behavioral intervention and educational rights, home-based consultation and a variety of educational workshops. For more information, visit their website, call 1-800-4-AUTISM (800-428-8476) or e-mail information@autismnj.org.

POAC, Inc. of New Jersey is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with autism by providing scientifically-based training to parents, teachers and other direct service providers. Free parent training sessions, which cover such topics as Managing Problem Behavior and Potty Training, Developing Language in the Natural Environment and Teaching Sign Language, among others, take place in locations throughout New Jersey in the following counties: Camden, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Middlesex and Morris. For more information, visit their website or call (732) 888-1000.


New York

Golden Fund For Autism, The raises funds to help children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders access various treatments and therapies not otherwise covered by insurance. Funds can be used to access the therapies, special education and technology at the Long Island Spectrum Center, which takes a non-medicinal approach, focusing on fixing metabolic problems and enhancing nervous system functions. To learn how you can register your child for a sponsorship, visit their website.

Spectrum Social Skills Solutions, Inc is a fee based service company that is committed to better the quality of life for individuals with social skills deficits. They offer interpersonal and social skills seminars for children ages 6-18 as well as young adults. These seminars may help those who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, PDD, ADD, anxiety / depression, difficulty with assertion, bullying, self confidence, engaging in conversation, or lack of friends. Spectrum Social Skills Solutions Inc. does offer a free parent support group. For more information, contact Spectrum Social Skills Solutions, Inc., 38 Winthrop Place, Staten Island, New York 10314, Phone: (347) 944-5900 or send Email to: help@spectrumsocialskills.com


Pennsylvania

New Sign Autism Connection of Pennsylvania - Support Groups Access Autism Connection of Pennsylvania’s vast network of Autism support groups across Pennsylvania. Find a support group in your area. Autism Connection of Pennsylvania is a lifeline for families and individuals affected by autism providing education, advocacy and support, serving thousands of people seeking help for autism concerns. Professional staff, all parents who understand, provide telephone support, weekly autism news, autism-friendly activities, and coordinate more than 76 support groups across Pennsylvania. If you are an adult on the autism spectrum, contact them. They have each known, worked with, and supported people with autism for more than a decade. Feel free to call them with whatever concerns you may have. It is likely that someone on their staff has experience with whatever you may be going through. If they cannot personally help you, they have an extensive list of resources for your reference. Phone: 412.781.4116, toll-free: 800.827.9385 or send email: support@autismofpa.org


South Carolina

New Sign Autism Institute of South Carolina is committed to providing non-aversive, research-based interventions which promote dignity, self-reliance, and successful outcomes for the children and adults served. The Autism Institute of South Carolina was established to address the increasing need for quality ABA-based instructional and behavioral support services for people who experience the social, communication and learning challenges associated with the autism spectrum. They currently provide ABA-based interventions, professional training, and consultation to families, schools, and local providers in Columbia and surrounding counties. For more information contact them at 4711 Forest Drive, Suite 3, PMB#233, Columbia,SC 29206 or Phone:(803) 851-6007 or send email to: info@autisminstitutesc.com

South Carolina Autism Society has a purpose to enable all children and adults in South Carolina who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to reach their maximum potential. They offer information on Autism, support groups, and various community awareness training programs. For more information, call (800) 438-4790.


Tennessee

New Sign Autism Tennessee keeps a list of all the support groups available in Middle Tennessee for individuals and family members affected by autism spectrum disorders. They encourage you to connect with people in your area that can support you on your walk with autism. Autism Tennessee's mission is to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through support, advocacy, and education.


Virginia

Commonwealth Autism Service provides a range of services to families of children with autism. They maintain a library of assessment instruments, literature, research articles, reference books, intervention materials, videotapes and related items. They also consult with families so to assist them in accessing all available resources. For more information, visit their website or call (800) 649-8481.


Wisconsin

Autism Society of Wisconsin opened an office in 1996. The office is open to members and the public with limited hours. ASW is looking forward to providing increased support and information to the autism community in Wisconsin. ASW sponsors an annual conference, a free quarterly newsletter, maintains a Wisconsin directory of people offering information/assistance, and provides information and referral, Wisconsin only. Currently, there are local chapters in Appleton, Chippewa Valley, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau and the Two Rivers/Manitowoc areas. The Autism Society of Wisconsin office is located in downtown Appleton. The Milwaukee area chapter also maintains an office. Call or write ASW for more information on Wisconsin chapters. To contact ASW, write to 103 W. College Ave., Suite 709, Appleton, WI 54911-5744, phone: (920) 993-0ASW, (920) 993-0270, Toll-free 1-888-4-AUTISM (1-888-428-8476) Wisconsin only, information and referral) or e-mail at asw@asw4autism.org

Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, based in Franklin, offers information and referral, workshops, support groups, environmental modifications for adults with autism and a newsletter. They also offer a very comprehensive Resource Directory, which has been compiled by parents of children with Autism. For more information, call (414) 427-9345 or e-mail assew@assew.org.


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