April is Autism Awareness Month. Please take some time this month to learn more about this condition that plagues millions throughout the world.
Here are a few resources that may help you as you learn more about Autism and related disorders.
Links to Resources
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Items of note: They provide some great "Tool Kits" covering all stages of development as well as advocacy in the form of free PDFs. Another great feature is a state by state guide to resources for individuals on The Spectrum. Autism Speaks is a great starting point for anyone who has had their child diagnosed with ASD.
The Autism Society is another great site that includes helpful resources for those with autism, family members, as well as professionals. Autism Society also gives updates on the latest autism news and press releases.
Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a more timely and comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.
Items of note: Disability Scoop offers e-mailed newsletters, definitely worth signing up for.
AutismWeb is a free, informational web site run by parents, for parents. It is not affiliated with any organization or service provider. AutismWeb does not endorse any provider, organization or treatment. Their goal is to provide information on autism spectrum disorders, teaching methods, special education, treatments, therapies, services, research, online resources, training workshops and conferences related to autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Asperger's Disorder. They believe that an informed parent is best able to advocate for his or her child.
Light It Up Blue - Light It Up Blue, annually observed on April 2, is dedicated to raising awareness of autism. The initiative is generally associated with Autism Speaks. It is intended to raise international awareness of autism in support of both World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month in the United States.Wikipedia