Autism Links

Autism Links

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
OAR is the non-profit organization responsible for creating Operation Autism. OAR uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. OAR also creates and distributes free resources for families, educators, and self-advocates on topics including sibling support, assessment, peer education, transitioning to adulthood/college, and more. All of OAR’s resources can be downloaded or ordered in hard copy here.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

ASAT is a not-for-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism through advocating for the use of scientific methods to guide treatment, and combating unsubstantiated, inaccurate and false information about autism and its treatment.

Autism Society of America

ASA promotes community involvement of individuals with autism spectrum disorders through education, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. The ASA Web site lists state and local chapters and provides resources for parents, including legislative information, and answers to frequently asked questions from parents about autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks’ website provides general information about autism, research, and resources for support and offers some excellent resources for parents and educators.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Previously, National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY). Provides a directory to over 100 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in the United States. These centers provide direct services and information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; special education legislation, and research-based information on effective educational practices.

The National Autism Center

The National Autism Center (NAC) at the May Institute is a non-profit organization that provides reliable information and offers resources for people affected by autism spectrum disorders. The NAC supports evidence-based treatment approaches and shares the results with families. In 2009, NAC completed and published the National Standards Project, which evaluated and categorized autism interventions and therapies.

The National Autistic Society 
A charity in the UK that helps advocate for the rights and interest of all people with an autism spectrum disorder. This society provides help, support and services. This website contains information about autism spectrum disorders as well as various services and activities in the United Kingdom.

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC)

NPDC works to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices. Among these resources is Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM), a series of free online modules on planning, using, and monitoring evidence-based practices.

Accommodations for Students with Autism – JustGreatLawyers

This webpage goes over some of the most common terms and concepts that parents encounter when trying to advocate for their child’s education.  It goes over the legal basis for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), homeschooling, education in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), and other options for students with autism.

Guide to Better Sleep for Kids with Autism – SleepJunkie

This detailed guide explains common reasons for sleep disturbances in individuals with autism and suggests modifications to the individuals’ routines and environment that could help them sleep.

Planning a Move with Autism – Your Storage Finder

This article details some of the ways in which families can alleviate the stress of moving into a new home for their autistic child or family member.

Autism and Travel – The Zebra

This article covers some of the best ways to make travel safer, easier, and more fun for people with autism.

Travel Tips for Autistic Children – ACCEL

This article goes over some of the steps you can take to introduce your child with autism to the process of air travel.

How to Explain Autism to Typical Kids – What to Expect

This article has helpful tips for explaining autism to neurotypical kids of all ages.

Ways to Help Your Child With Autism Fit In Socially – VeryWellHealth

Although the uniqueness of children with autism should be celebrated, giving them an increased awareness of social expectations and skills can reduce their stress in social situations.  This article discusses some easy ways to accomplish this goal.

7 Rockin’ Sensory Play Activities for Kids on the Spectrum – We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

Sensory play can help to reduce anxiety and the risk of meltdowns for kids on the spectrum.  This article provides some examples of sensory play activities that parents and teachers can coordinate.

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