There are a growing number of sources about Autism. Lesser known are the regional resources available to parents of Autistic children. Below are a few of the world-wild sites that we have identified for information and support
General Information & Resources
The mission of Autism Support Network is conveyed in their tagline: connect, guide and unite. Their goal is to short-cut the uphill battle individuals and families undertake when faced with autism – whether that means the initial diagnosis, the day-to-day living and coping needed, relationship and therapeutic strategies and the latest information.
The Online Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
Over 350 fact sheets for parents on Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS and other related disorders, on diagnosis, interventions, behavioral strategies, and more.
Help for parents who have children with Asperger's.
Future Horizons. A provider of books, DVDs and conferences on autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
The USA's largest Autism science and 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.
US Autism & Asperger's Association (USAAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for Autism and Asperger's education, support, and solutions. Their mission: to provide the opportunity for everyone with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their fullest potential, by enriching the autism community with education, training, accessible resources, and partnerships with local and national projects.
Help for adults with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone, Asperger's Syndrome speaker, advisor. Books on Asperger's and Relationships, Asperger's and Employment, and female Asperger's.
The goal for all of their students is to gain greater functional independence skills. Heartspring teaches the life skills that children need to succeed at the activities of daily life, thereby increasing individual independence, quality of life, and reducing the burden of care.
Help & Resources · State-by-State Help · Diagnostic Services · Therapists · College-Bound Help · Resources for Parents · Work-Related Resources.
Specific Services, Help & Support
Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. They provide a discussion forum where members communicate with each other, an article section with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and a chatroom for real-time communication.
The mission of the Asperger's Initiative at Mercyhurst is to educate college students living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a program that equally emphasizes academic and social competency. Mercyhurst Univerisyt, Erie, PA.
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) strives to improve the quality of life for any child with any special need of any age, through educating, supporting and training their primary caregivers.
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