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Resources

Autism Key

This parent-run site is a resource and networking tool for caregivers affected by Autism. Special features include a video sharing page, links to podcast interviews with physicians, educators, and caregivers, and a search tool for finding others in your area affected by the disease.

The Autism Bulletin

Created by Michael Goldberg - a Boston-area father to a young child with Autism Spectrum Disorder - this blog offers links to recent news reports, court decisions, academic and government studies, and resources for families. It includes information about schools in the US providing educational services to children with autism spectrum disorders as well as recent state legislation.

Autism Speaks

This advocacy group seeks to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD); fund research into the causes, prevention, and treatments for autism; and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. On the site, you can find local resources in your state, read the latest news on federal and state legislation, learn about research the group supports, and browse through an autism video glossary designed to help identify some of the features associated with autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Society

This grassroots group seeks to improve the lives of all affected by autism. They do this by increasing public awareness of the day-to-day issues that people on the spectrum face, advocating for services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

What is Autism?

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, "Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication. Symptoms usually start before age three and can cause delays or problems in many different skills that develop from infancy to adulthood." Check on the sites below to learn more about causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This website features links to descriptions of recent clinical trials, news releases, and publications available in both English and Spanish.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Autism Information Center

The comprehensive resource from the CDC includes information about the early warning signs, an interactive chart detailing the milestones of childhood development, descriptions of CDC sponsored projects around the US, and links to resources for families, educators, and researchers.

KidsHealth for Kids: Autism

KidsHealth offers doctor-approved, age-appropriate health information for kids. The Autism topic page includes descriptions of symptoms, causes, and treatment options.

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism