Resources

Recommendations welcomed: please email us to suggest additional resources.

BOOKS

Autistic Adults
Approaches and Advice
Historical and Cultural Contexts
For Autistic Kids
Parenting Perspectives
For Siblings, Classmates, and Friends of Autistic Kids

MOVIES
We appreciate movies in which people with autism are more than catalysts for the neurotypical characters' self-discovery arcs. Please keep this in mind when watching the following movies about people with autism:

ONLINE RESOURCES


Accessibility
Advocacy, Community Building, and Visibility
  • The Autism Acceptance Project: www.taaproject.com
  • AutismAsperger.net: Information on Autism and Asperger's from Stephen Shore: AutismAsperger.net
  • Autism Society of America: www.autism-society.org
    Improving the lives of all affected by autism.
  • The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN): www.autisticadvocacy.org
    The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement in the world of autism.
  • Best Buddies: www.bestbuddies.org/best-buddies
    A global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
  • Disability.gov: www.disability.gov
    Connecting the Disability Community to Information and Opportunities.
  • MyAutismTeam www.myautismteam.com A searchable database with over 30,000 providers. Parents use MyAutismTeam to exchange tips and advice about their favorite autism providers with other parents by recommending their team of providers, writing reviews of providers and adding autism-friendly businesses to the autism database.
Advocacy and Rights
Art and Music
Assistive Technology, iPads, iDevices, Apps, Software

Bullying

Communities 

Employment

  • Adult Autism and Employment: www.dps.missouri.edu/Autism.htmlA guide for vocational rehabilitation professionals: 
  • APSE: www.apse.org
    APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment, now known as APSE. 
  • The Transition Coalition www.transitioncoalition.org/transition/index.php
    Mission: Providing online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.

Español

Inclusion and Social Skills

Journals

News


Portals


Religion and Faith

  • Blue Hijab Day: www.bluehijabday.com
    Support and resources for Muslim families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Friendship Circle: www.friendshipcircle.com Each independent Friendship Circle is operated by its local Chabad Lubavitch Center, and entirely supported by each local community to benefit local children with special needs.
  • Interfaith Disability Network: www.interfaithdisability.org
  • Snappin' Ministries: www.snappin.org
    We plug parents into a wide variety of financial, spiritual respite and social resources.

Safety

Sensory Processing

Stories and Interviews

Supplies, Materials, and Gear

Therapeutic Activities, Resources, and Toolkits

  • Autism Games: sites.google.com/site/autismgames
  • Autism Resources: autismtech.wetpaint.com
    An evolving collection of technology resources to support students with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Asperger Syndrome.
  • Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc.: www.mydynamictherapy.com
    A Speech Language therapy practice which focuses on work with assistive technology.
  • The Hanen Center: More Than Words: www.hanen.org/web/home/HanenPrograms/MoreThanWords/tabid/78/Default.aspx
    More Than Words is a family-focused program that gives parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related social communication difficulties, practical tools to help their children communicate.
  • The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders: www.icdl.com
    A pioneer in its work to advance the identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders. 
  • The Motor Story: www.themotorstory.com
    The Motor Story  lists activities for children to enjoy with explanations of how these tasks nurture development.
  • Rethink Autism: www.rethinkautism.com
    Online behavioral instruction and support; community.
Therapy Dogs/ Service Animals


YouTube Channels


REGIONAL

Brazil
Canada
  • Alberta
    • Autism Society of Edmonton Area www.autismedmonton.org
      ASEA helps families and communities embrace and support people on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.
  • British Columbia
    • The Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) www.develop.bc.ca
      Provides over 50 community-based programs and services for children, youths, and adults. The Developmental Disabilities Association not only strives to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential, but also is one of the largest daycare providers in the Lower Mainland 
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
    • Kerry's Place Autism Services www.kerrysplace.org/Public/Home.aspx
      Kerry’s Place Autism Services (KPAS) has been committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for over 35 years through innovative personalized supports, expertise, collaboration and advocacy.
Colombia
  • Fundación P.I.P. www.fundacionpip.org
    Reconocer la semejanza nos permite convivir y lograr la armonía - Recognizing our similarities lets us live together in harmony.
Ireland
New Zealand
  • Aotearoa Autism www.aotearoaautism.org
    To share ideas, have discussions and pool resources for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, Aspergers Syndrome) and their whānau in New Zealand.
  • Autism New Zealand www.autismnz.org.nz
    Provides support, training, advocacy, resources, and information on Autism Spectrum disorders including Aspergers Syndrome.
United Kingdom
  • Dimensions: www.dimensions-uk.org
    Dimensions supports people with learning disabilities and autism to live the life they want. We now support 2,500 people and their families across England and South Wales.
  • Shut Up and Listen: www.shutupandlisten.org.uk
    The only place on the radio  to hear music played and presented by artists with a learning disability.

United States 
  • Alabama
    • Autism Society of Alabama www.autism-alabama.org
      To improve services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy.
  • Arizona
    • Grupo de Apoyo Para Latinos con Autismo (GALA) www.arizonagala.org
      GALA's mission is to serve and support minority individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.  GALA's main focus is on the Hispanic/Latino autism community in Arizona, with an emphasis on providing educational information, quality services and valuable resources in Spanish.
    • Lauren’s Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) www.laurensinstitute.org
      A special place for developmentally disabled children. We offer a variety of therapies that nurture each individual child's overall growth to improve their quality of life and the lives of their family members.
  • California (Northern)
    • AbleCloset: www.ablecloset.com
      Providing children with special needs a resource for borrowing needed equipment. On Twitter @AbleCloset
    • The ARC of San Francisco: www.thearcsf.org
      The Resource for People With Developmental Disabilities.  
    • Bay Area Mocha Autism Network: www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Area-Mocha-Autism-Network-BAMAN/150686314962830
      A project motivated by love and fueled by OUR beautiful children on the autism spectrum.
    • The California Collaborative for Children With Special Health Care Needs: www.lpfch.org/programs/cshcn/collaborative.html
      Engaging individuals and organizations interested in advocating for a better system of care for these most vulnerable children. 
    • Parents Helping Parents (PHP): www.php.com a parent-directed non-profit resource center offering educational programs, health related services, and support networks for children and adults with special needs.
    • Peninsula Parents of Special Needs Kids: groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsulaparentssnk A discussion group for parents of special needs kids in Northern California.
    • SEPTAR: www.SEPTAR.org
      We bring families and educators together to meet the special education needs of children in Redwood City.
    • Support for Families of Children With Disabilities: www.supportforfamilies.orgInformation, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.
  • California (Southern)
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
    • The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP): www.theautismprogram.org
      The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) is the largest statewide network of services in the nation for individuals diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
  • Maryland
    • AutMont: www.autmont.com
      Autism information, events, and community. Serving Montgomery County, Maryland.
    • B'More Abilities: www.basac.org
      People of all abilities have the right to dance, move,  shake, and explore their artistic potential!
    • CSAAC: www.csaac.org
      CSAAC’s mission is “to enable individuals with autism to reach their highest potential and contribute as confident individuals to their community.”
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
    • Community Advocates: communityadvocates.org
      Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the Kalamazoo area since 1953.
  • Montana
    • Montana Autism Education Project: www.opi.mt.gov/users/dougdoty
      The Project offers free autism training and consultation services to public schools in Montana; the Montana Education Project Blog provides news on autism research, resources and training opportunities in Montana.

  • New York
    • AHRC New York City: www.ahrcnyc.org
      AHRC New York City, a family governed organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
    • New York Center for Autism: www.NYC4A.org
      The mission of NYCA is to support the development of comprehensive, evidence-based educational services, health and community-based resources that support individuals with ASD and to coordinate and facilitate ongoing research into ASD.
    • New York Special Needs Consulting: www.nyspecialneedsconsulting.com
      We want to help all kids like we helped our own.
  • North Carolina
    • Autism Society of North Carolina - Mecklenburg County Chapter: www.asncmeck.org
      The Autism Society of North Carolina strives to create a community where people within the autism spectrum and their families receive respect, services, and support based on individual differences.

  • Oregon
    • Autism Society of Oregon: www.oregonautism.com
    • Autistic Self Advocacy Network PDX: www.meetup.com/ASAN-PDX
      ASAN-PDX is working to promote civil rights, services, supports, education, public understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity.
    • Disability Compass: www.disabilitycompass.org
      A one-stop site providing information about and direction to services, products, and special health care resources for people with disabilities in Oregon, their families and those who support them.
    • Disability Rights Oregon: www.disabilityrightsoregon.org/ DRO has a unique role: to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities.
    • Portland Asperger's Network: www.aspergersnet.org
      We assist families of children with Asperger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.
    • r.i.s.e. Center: www.orpti.org
      The r.i.s.e. Center encourages, educates & empowers families to collaboratively achieve unlimited success for their children and youth with disabilities.
    • Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities: www.ocdd.org
      Creating change to improve the lives of Oregonians with developmental disabilities.
    • State of Oregon: LifeSpan Respite: www.oregon.gov/DHS/respite
      Relief for families who are caring for someone with special needs.
  • Pennsylvania
    • Valley Forge Educational Services: www.vfes.net
      VFES is a recognized and respected provider of educational, professional, and personal solutions for families, practitioners, and organizations that need services or guidance in addressing the needs of children with learning challenges.
  • South Carolina
    • Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Inc. www.lowcountryautismfoundation.org
      A local, volunteer based, non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting individuals and families living with autism.

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