State and University Autism Programs
The KATC has relationships with other autism centers across the country. Listed below are links to several centers with informative web-sites.
A network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida is a community-based project that provides information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. CARD-USF offers instruction and coaching to families and professionals through a training and assistance model
FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas
Office of Special Education Programs
Learn about practices to solve dilemmas in early childhood settings: Videos, activities and narratives will guide you through a process to learn about serving children with disabilities
Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources (Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
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. 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!
Our vision defines the overall outcome we are working towards. Our mission describes our unique contribution as an organization towards that outcome. Our goals communicate what we are trying to achieve and our values signal the core beliefs and commitments, which underlie our work.
The Illinois Autism Training and Technical Assistance Project (IATTAP) is an initiative of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and joins other ISBE initiatives as part of the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Center (ISTAC) providing training and technical assistance to schools in Illinois.
IATTAP focuses on educating and supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The Project is operated under a grant to the School Association for Special Education in DuPage County (SASED) and its major goals are to:
- Build local capacity to establish and implement effective educational supports and services in the least restrictive environment for children with ASD.
- Promote a proactive approach to working with individuals with ASD and their families.
- Help children with ASD remain with their families in their Welcome communities and become productive.
- Increase the percentage of students on the Autism Spectrum who are educated in the general education classroom.
- Increase the effective and meaningful involvement of parents in their children's education. (Select "Training" in left-hand column to access training videos)
The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) staff conduct outreach training and consultations, engage in research, and develop and disseminate information focused on building the capacity of local communities, organizations, agencies, and families to support children and adults across the autism spectrum in typical work, school, home, and community settings. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism does not promote one method or a single intervention. Instead, IRCA staff strives to address the specific needs of the individual by providing information and training on a variety of strategies and methods. (See: articles, modules)
Presents a collection of Webcasts from a distinguished lecturer series and conferences about research to find the causes, effective treatments, and ultimately cures for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.
This knowledge path about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been compiled by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University. It offers a selection of current, high-quality resources about ASD screening and diagnosis, treatment and intervention, communication, education, vocational challenges, and impact on family life. Separate sections identify resources that address early identification, early intervention and education, concerns about vaccines, environmental health research, and inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints.
The National Autism Center is May Institute's center for the promotion of evidence-based practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities.
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries diagnosis and screening.
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center's (SARRC) mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed research, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about autism. Through integrative research, educational outreach, model programs and collaborative initiatives, SARRC sets forth, promotes and facilitates best practices for early intervention and the long-term care of individuals with ASDs. (Select: RESOURCES)
Through the network of the 20 Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) around the state and in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and resources for educators who serve students with autism.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped CHildren) is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. Established in the early 1970s by Eric Schopler and colleagues, the TEACCH program has worked with thousands of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. TEACCH provides clinical services such as diagnostic evaluations, parent training and parent support groups, social play and recreation groups, individual counseling for higher-functioning clients, and supported employment. In addition, TEACCH conducts training nationally and internationally and provides consultation for teachers, residential care providers, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines. Research activities include psychological, educational, and biomedical studies.
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center to promote the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. The Center operates through three sites that include the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the M.I.N.D. Institute at University of California at Davis Medical School, and the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Each year, three states are selected through a competitive application process for a two-year partnership with the Professional Development Center. The Center works in coordination with each state's Department of Education, Part C agency, and University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to provide professional development to teachers and practitioners who serve individuals from birth through twenty-two years with autism spectrum disorders.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (University of Florida)
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. Our offices are located in the University of Florida's East Campus Building. A page within the University of Florida's Center for Autism and Related Disorders, provides a narrative, examples, videos, and "how-to" for creating and utilizing visual supports. (Search: visual, communication, visual supports)
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Work Supports and Job Retention (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Established in 1983, VCU-RRTC (Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention) has grown into one of the largest Research and Training Centers in the United States. We serve as a Center of national excellence, providing resources for professionals, individuals with disabilities, and their representatives. For over 26 years, we have been at the forefront of the supported employment and workplace supports movements. Our team of nationally and internationally renowned researchers is committed to developing and advancing evidence-based practices to increase the hiring and retention for individuals with disabilities.
The Interactive Collaborative Autism Network (ICAN) is a project supported by U.S. Department of Education grant H324M000047. The site is a collaborative effort among three states: the State Departments of Education of Connecticut (CT) and Minnesota (MN) and the University of Kansas (KU) to use the World Wide Web (WWW) as a means of supporting and facilitating training. Started in Fall 2000, the site was developed to disseminate information about characteristics, assessment, and research-based interventions and services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
A series of modules categorized into eight domains have been developed by:
- A team of individuals who have master's degree in special education from the three states (Kansas, Connecticut, Minnesota).
- Graduate students at Department of Special Education, University of Kansas.
Each module has been carefully planned and developed so that a variety of individuals, such as parents, teachers, and other professionals interested in the education of children and youth with ASD, will be able to utilize the information. The ICAN development team did their best to create user-friendly as well as comprehensive WWW resources.
Our work strengthens family, school, and community partnerships, early childhood care and education, promotes evaluation and accountability, and offers professional development to those who work directly with children, youth, and families. The audiences for HFRP's work include policymakers, practitioners, researchers, evaluators, philanthropists, teachers, school administrators, and concerned individuals.
We are the National Center for Family Literacy, and since 1989, we have helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering – and continuously improving – family literacy programs.