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Top Autism Organizations and Web Resources

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Top Autism Organizations and Web Resources

Browse this list of organizations and web resources focused on advocacy, information, and support for families and educators of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. We’ve also identified helpful federal agencies and ASD projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

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Searching for autism information on the web can be overwhelming. So, where do you turn to for the most relevant information and resources when there are so many different options? We created this list based on recommendations from leading ASD organizations. 

Advocacy, information, and support

Asperger/ (opens in a new window)Autism Network (opens in a new window)

The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) provides individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy.

Autism Highway (opens in a new window)

Started by a woman whose son was diagnosed with autism, Autism Highway is both informative and fun. The website is easy to navigate and it provides an extensive list of autism-related events and specialists. In addition, Autism Highway includes interactive games for kids.

Autism Navigator (opens in a new window)

Autism Navigator is a collection of web-based tools and courses developed to bridge the gap between science and community practice. They have integrated the most current research into an interactive web platform with video to illustrate effective evidence-based practice. The video clips come from the rich library of video from federally funded research projects at the Autism Institute at Florida State University.

Autism Research Institute (opens in a new window)

The Autism Research Institute focuses on researching the causes of autism, as well as developing safe and effective treatments for those currently affected by the disorder.

Autism Society (opens in a new window)

The Autism Society is a grassroots autism organization working to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. The Autism Society has local affiliates, state affiliates or a combination of both (opens in a new window) in almost every state. The society has also partnered with AMC Entertainment to provide children affected by autism the opportunity to watch hit movies in a sensory-friendly environment, with the lights turned up and the sound turned down. Find a list of upcoming films in your city here (opens in a new window).

Autism Speaks (opens in a new window)

Autism Speaks is an autism awareness, science, and advocacy organization. The website provides a comprehensive resource guide for all states (opens in a new window). The 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children (opens in a new window) was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under. Visit Autism Speaks to see their comprehensive listing of autism websites for families (opens in a new window).

Disability Scoop (opens in a new window) 

Sign up for Disability Scoop’s e-mail news to receive the most current updates on developmental disabilities. Disability Scoop’s experts have been cited by multiple online news sites.

MyAutismTeam (opens in a new window)

A free social network for parents of kids with autism. With over 30,000 parents registered on the site, you can find parents just like you based on where you live, the age of your child, your child’s sub-diagnosis and developmental needs, and gender. Parents share tips, support, and photos, as well as ask and answer each others’ questions. In addition, there is a searchable provider directory of over 35,000 autism specialists and autism-friendly providers constantly updated by parents on the site. MyAutismTeam is the official social network and resource guide for Autism Speaks.

Organization for Autism Research (opens in a new window)

OAR’s mission is to apply research to the challenges of autism. The organization uses science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. In addition to funding research, OAR disseminates new and useful information to as many members of the autism community as possible, and directs all research and programs initiatives toward enhancing the quality of life for individuals with autism.

Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children (opens in a new window)

Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. The project also fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy (opens in a new window)

A great site for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Early intervention is invaluable because it links parents to services in the community, but it can be hard to find services without a long waiting list. Families can search on their own for providers using the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids With Disabilities (opens in a new window).

Especially for professionals

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (opens in a new window)

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. On the ASHA website you can find an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (opens in a new window) as well as specific information about ASD for speech-language pathologists (opens in a new window).

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) (opens in a new window)

NASET is a national membership organization dedicated to supporting teachers in the field of special education. NASET offers a rich library of information on a wide range of ASD topics (opens in a new window), as well as the publication, Autism Spectrum Disorders Series (opens in a new window).

Federal agencies and federally-funded organizations

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) (opens in a new window)

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs). The Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) found in every state are a rich source of information and training tailored for parents, including parents whose primary language is not English or themselves have special training needs. In addition, Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC) throughout the country serve targeted, underserved communities. To find the PTI or CPRC that serves your community, go to the Center on Parent Information and Resources (opens in a new window).

The Center on Technology and Disability (opens in a new window)

The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) (opens in a new window)

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, supports the strengthening of state and local service systems to ensure that children with disabilities and their families receive high-quality, evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and family-centered support and services.

IRIS Center (opens in a new window)

The IRIS Center, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs and based at Vanderbilt University and Claremont Graduate University, creates and disseminates resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices for preservice preparation and professional development programs. See the Autism Spectrum Disorder self-guided training modules for teachers (opens in a new window).

National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (opens in a new window)

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

The U.S. Department of Education (opens in a new window)

When your child enters public school, he or she has rights under federal and state laws. The U.S. Department of Education has information about federal laws and state laws (opens in a new window). The Department’s Office of Special Education Programs (opens in a new window) (OSEP) supports projects that provide information and technical assistance to families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Families can also find a wealth of information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at OSEP’s IDEA website (opens in a new window). The website contains the full text of IDEA and the regulations, as well as guidance documents and a wide range of other resources.

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