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Deventer Public Library. Photo © Dutch Simba, Flickr | Creative Commons
[image: People using a busy public library in the Netherlands.]

Recommendations welcomed: please email us to suggest additional resources.
Please also see Kit Mead's fantastic Autism Resources page.

Autistic Authors
Approaches and Advice
Historical and Cultural Contexts
For Kids
Parenting Perspectives

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

Autistic representation on TV continues to be questionable and rely on stereotypes. For that reason we do not recommend The Good Doctor, The A Word, and Atypical. But some series present autistic people in more complex and autonomous, if not always ideal ways, including:


ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis)

Adult Diagnoses
Advocacy: Autism and Disability
Advocacy and Rights
Art and Music
Assistive Technology: iPads, iDevices, Apps, Software
Crisis Resources
Communication, Speech, and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
Disability History
Flight and Airport Readiness and Rights
Food and Feeding
Health Care

Housing and Community Integration
Inclusion and Social Skills
Literacy (sincere thanks to Julia Bascom)
Media, Language, Terminology, Representation
Mental Health
  • I Can Network (Australia): Autistic-led programs for young people and organizations:
Motor Differences/OT
    Old Age and Autism
    Religion and Faith
    • Friendship Circle: 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.
    • Matan: Jewish communities that are inclusive by design
    • Snappin' Ministries:
      We plug parents into a wide variety of financial, spiritual respite and social resources.
    Science and Research
    Sexual Education and Health
    Supplies, Materials, and Gear
    Supported Decision Making
    Therapy Dogs/ Service Animals
    Transgender Resources and Community
    Transitioning to Adulthood


    Autistic AAC Users/Non-Speaking Autistics
    Autistic Parents

    Autistic Professionals
    Autistic Writers 
    Neurodiversity Journalism
    Parents of Autistic People



    • Alberta
      • Autism Society of Edmonton Area
        ASEA helps families and communities embrace and support people on the autism spectrum throughout their lives.
    • British Columbia
    • Manitoba
    • Ontario
      • A4A Autistics For Autistics
        Ontario's first autistic self-advocacy organization.
      • Kerry's Place Autism Services
        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.

    • Fundación P.I.P.
      Reconocer la semejanza nos permite convivir y lograr la armonía - Recognizing our similarities lets us live together in harmony.
    New Zealand

    • Autism New Zealand
      Provides support, training, advocacy, resources, and information on Autism Spectrum disorders including Aspergers Syndrome.
    United Kingdom

    • Dimensions:
      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.

    United States 

    • Alabama
      • Autism Society of Alabama
        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)
        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.)
        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:
        Providing children with special needs a resource for borrowing needed equipment.
      • The ARC of San Francisco:
        The Resource for People With Developmental Disabilities.  
      • Bay Area Mocha Autism Network:
        A project motivated by love and fueled by OUR beautiful children on the autism spectrum.
      • Parents Helping Parents (PHP): 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: A discussion group for parents of special needs kids in Northern California.
      • SEPTAR:
        We bring families and educators together to meet the special education needs of children in Redwood City.
      • Support for Families of Children With Disabilities: Information, 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)

    • Maryland
      • AutMont:
        Autism information, events, and community. Serving Montgomery County, Maryland.
      • CSAAC:
        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:
        Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the Kalamazoo area since 1953.

    • Montana
      • Montana Autism Education Project:
        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:
        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:
        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.
    • North Carolina
      • Autism Society of North Carolina - Mecklenburg County Chapter:
        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
      • Autistic Self Advocacy Network PDX:
        ASAN-PDX is working to promote civil rights, services, supports, education, public understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity.
      • Disability Compass:
        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: DRO has a unique role: to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities.
      • Portland Asperger's Network:
        We assist families of children with Asperger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.
      • r.i.s.e. Center:
        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:
        Creating change to improve the lives of Oregonians with developmental disabilities.
      • Portland Autist and Allied Moms:
    • Pennsylvania
      • Valley Forge Educational Services:
        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.
    Last addition: November 15, 2021