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The Miracle Project

Featured in the film, this musical theater and video arts program, founded by Elaine Hall, brings children with special needs together with their typically developing peers to write, rehearse, and perform an original work in public. The mission of the program is "to provide a loving, accepting nurturing environment which celebrates and honors the unique and often unrecognized talents of these young people by guiding them through creative workshops and artistic programs."

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.

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.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Children's Health Topics: Autism

This national organization of 60,000 pediatricians recently published two new reports describing guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment Autism. The press release includes links to both reports as well as the AAP 'Autism Health Topic page'. This resource includes among other things a fact sheet for parents about the disease and a toolkit for clinicians called 'Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.'

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.

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.

Open Congress: Autism

Created by the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation, Open Congress features search tools that allow users to research and track bills pending before congress. This page offers descriptions of current Autism related legislation.

Autism: The Musical