April is National Autism Awareness Month. Most of us know somebody who has been “touched” by autism, either a mom mainstreaming her child, diagnosed with Autism-Spectrum Disorder, into the public school system, a neighbor who teaches special ed classes for kids with autism, or perhaps a nephew with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Below is a list of various organizations which provide services, support and advice to parents of autistic children.
The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s; their goal is to better educate the public about autism and the people it affects. The Autism Society site has many links to help you get actively involved in the community and support the rights of children with autism.
Find state-specific resources to help you find the appropriate educational services and community support available to you and your autistic child. The Autism PDD site also includes disability resources, legal resources and financial resources.
The Autism Research Institute offers information to families, educators and health providers about all the most recent scientific advancements regarding autism and innovative treatments and learning programs.
The CDC site provides complete data about all the various types of autism, treatments and diagnoses;free literature, articles and kits can be accessed from their site.
Kids Health is a kids’ landing base for all things related to children with autism, and it’s organized in a straight-forward yet bright format with lots of kid appeal. Tweens and young adults can easily navigate this site to find out everything they might have been wondering about autism.
The Daily Strength is an online forum for parents or educators of kids with autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder; their site also has links to related health blogs, expert advice and ongoing discussions.
Autism Speaks is a non-profit organization which funds autism research and raises public awareness about autism, in the interest of finding better treatments and a cure.