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Autism Speaks

The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit and the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit were created specifically for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism or AS/HFA.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR): A Parent's Guide to Research [PDF]

When we founded OAR last December, one of our foremost objectives was to

deliver practical information and tools to ease the burden on the front-line caregivers—mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, grandparents, teachers, classroom assistants, and others who face the everyday challenges presented by autism. This publication, Life Journey Through Autism: A Parent's Guide to Research, is OAR's first addition to this toolkit. It is designed to address the needs of parents of children just diagnosed with autism. I hope that it serves as a useful guide as you and your child begin your own journey.

Operation Autism

Operation Autism directly supports U.S. military families touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders. It serves as an introduction to autism, a guide for the life journey with autism, and a ready reference for available resources, services, and support.

The Sibling Support Project (SibShops)

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. We believe that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members. Consequently, we want to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents' and providers' understanding of sibling issues. Our mission is accomplished by training local service providers on how to create community-based peer support programs for young siblings; hosting workshops, listservs, and websites for young and adult siblings; and increasing parents' and providers' awareness of siblings' unique, lifelong, and ever-changing concerns through workshops, websites, and written materials.

The Family Village

Welcome to the Family Village! We are a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support. Our community includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, worship, health issues, disability-related media and literature, and much, much more! So stop in, stroll around, and visit some of the Family Village's attractions. Simply click on a place to explore and discover a cornucopia of useful information! Let us know what you like (or dislike) and visit often, for our village is constantly changing.

Families for Early Autism Treatment

Families for Early Autism Treatment, Inc. (FEAT) is a non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals, designed to help families with children of all ages who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Aspergers's Disorder (AS). It offers a network of support where families can meet each other to discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options. FEAT has a Board of Directors that meets monthly to discuss issues, establish priorities, and vote on the direction of the organization.

Kentucky Education Television

We are Kentucky's educational television network, but our vision takes us far beyond just television or computer screens. These are merely the tools we use to deliver resources to Kentucky. KET is really about ideas—about learning, the arts and culture, and citizenship. We work each day to use television, online video and related media for the benefit of everyone in Kentucky. (Search: autism, kidshealth, autism spectrum disorders)

Kentucky Autism Community on Yahoo

This is an unmoderated forum where we can connect with anyone in Kentucky to openly share ideas, insights, practices, and advice on issues relating to autism spectrum disorders. Our hope is that in having open, online conversations in which anyone can participate, the knowledge base of all participants can be enriched. More importantly, however, it would be a space where we can make human connections with one another. (Search: Ky_Autism_Community)

Kentucky Autism Community

The purpose of our community will be to enjoy a space in which we can openly share questions, ideas, insights, practices, and advice on issues relating to autism spectrum disorder so that all participants can deepen their knowledge through our ongoing interactions. It will be an open, unmoderated forum for sharing information related to autism and participation in our space will be by membership only. If you are one of the fortunate people to have had Autism touch your life, or you wish to learn more about it, we welcome you to explore and join the conversations.

Law Enforcement: Dennis Debbaudt's Autism Risk & Safety Management

This website provides information and resources for law enforcement personnel, first responders, parents, educators and care providers.

AbilityPath

AbilityPath.org, is an online special-needs advocacy group. In collaboration with the Special Olympics and Best Buddies International, AbilityPath has launched its "Disable Bullying" campaign, seeking to engage a broad coalition of parents, educators, activists and policymakers across the nation to prevent attacks against students with disabilities. AbilityPath issued a 65-page report titled "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes" that documents how serious the problem is and provides measures to tackle it.

Stop Bullying Now!

Welcome to the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign. You can learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you'll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!

ZERO TO THREE

A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.


Religious Organizations

Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education Curricula

Created by Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35), and adults.

National Council of Churches Committee on Disabilities

The National Council of Churches Committee on Disabilities seeks wholeness in Christ's church by promoting the full inclusion, participation and contribution of all persons. Recognizing that persons with disabilities bring unique gifts to the life and ministry of the church, The National Council of Churches' Committee on Disabilities seeks wholeness in Christ's church by promoting the full inclusion, participation and contribution of all persons.

Friendship Ministries

The site for Friendship Ministries with the mission of sharing God’s love with people who have cognitive impairments and to enable them to become an active part of God’s family. Friendship Ministries is a not-for-profit organization that exists to help churches and organizations around the world share God’s love with people who have intellectual disabilities.

Yachad, The National Jewish Council for Disabilities

Yachad / National Jewish Council for Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the life opportunities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their participation in the full spectrum of Jewish life. Yachad members participate in activities each month. There are Yachad Chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.

The Council for Jews with Special needs

The Council For Jews With Special Needs is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 with the goal of providing programs, supports and resources to help all Jews with disabilities and their families fulfill their spiritual, cultural and religious needs.

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAfIM)

The National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry supports the inclusion of persons with mental retardation in the Catholic Church. In order to answer the call of our Catholic Bishops to embrace all persons with disabilities, the National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAfIM) leads the Catholic community to the full inclusion of persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD).

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