The following resources provide valuable information about diagnosis, treatment, advocacy, and research of autism spectrum disorders. Professionals and families can use these sources to identify the types of treatment available, best practices in treatment, and what may be appropriate for a particular child.
Several of the websites include information on navigating the special education process and advocating for appropriate services.
A basic primer on autism research for use as a reference by parents. A Parent’s Guide to Research includes a glossary of terms, an overview of scientific research, how to determine if a particular study may or may not be pertinent to a particular child, and questions to ask with respect to treatments, therapies, and other methodologies under consideration.
The mission is to educate parents, professionals, and consumers by disseminating accurate, scientifically-sound information about autism and its treatment and by combating inaccurate or unsubstantiated information.
Dedicated to increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.
The Autism Speaks Tool Kits provide information for a variety of topics, including newly diagnosed families of young children, advocacy, behavioral health treatments and over forty other topics.
Provides an excellent overview of what is currently known about autism, from diagnosis to treatment to current statistics.
A good source for current research and best practices related to autism.
A good resource for families about navigating the special education process.
OAR publishes and provides resources to support families, educators, and clinical professionals.