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Autism Resources for Parents: Organizations
This pathfinder will share an annotated list of reference sources, indexes, databases, and other content to help users begin to conduct research on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Autism Research Institute provides free online webinars to educate both parents and professionals on relevant topics including diet, education, research, siblings, and adults. They offer information about symptoms and behavior, understanding and treating autism, advocacy and resources, news and events, and online discussion groups.
The National Autism Association offers invaluable information regarding early signs, symptoms, steps, facts, safety, programs, support, webinars, blogs, advocacy and treatment information. NAA's mission is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community and to provide help so that all affected by Autism can reach their full potential. Many of the association's board members are parents of children with autism, including the president and founder.
Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families feel more comfortable as they face new challenges. Some families need to know where to start when one member of the family has been recently diagnosed. Other families face unexpected difficulties as their loved ones with ASD learn to live effectively in home, school, or community settings. We are dedicated to supporting families by making information and resources more readily available.
The Autism Society was founded in 1965 and over the years, the Society has grown from a few parents into one of the leading sources of information, research, reference, and support on the autism spectrum. Through its national network, the Autism Society has led several pieces of federal, state and local legislation, including the first federal autism-specific law, the Combating Autism Act of 2006. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world. The Autism Society provides information regarding diagnosis, causes, signs, symptoms, facts and statistics. The Autism Society's online database, Autism Source is the most comprehensive resource database as it allows users to search by program name or keyword, by service type, by sponsor listings, and the ability to narrow a search by location, language spoken, and by organization type. It is an incredible source that provides families with links to helpful resources like the BACB Behavior Technician Registry, HelpPro, Inc. Therapist Finder, and the social network MyAutismTeam.
Autism Speaks offers information for families including a 100 day toolkit, resource guide by state, autism checklists, a video glossary, research program, advocacy, federal and state initiatives, legislation, research reports and more. Autism Speaks offers ways to get involved by attending events, finding a walk near you, and signing up to be an advocate.