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Autism Resources - Where would you start?


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When you first hear the diagnosis that someone you know and love has been impacted by autism, your world can be turned upside down. You understandably want answers to your questions, and it can be hard to know where to start.

So, I thought it would be useful to give you some useful online resources that provide great Autism information and also some ways of meeting and hearing about other people who’s lives have been impacted by autism.

American Resources

http://www.autism-society.org/
The Autism Society of America is a great place to start when your child is first diagnosed with Autism.

The Autism Society of America (ASA) was started by Bernard Rimland in 1965 and has grown over the years into a great resource with a huge amount of information about autism.

The ASA has, what they call, Chapters in most areas of the country, mainly run by parents. The idea behind these chapters is to provide local support and information for parents and other interested parties.

They offer support meetings, awareness events and fun activities for all the family.  It’s a great way to find other people in a similar position to you, and help and advice is available from people who have previous experience dealing with Austism.

http://www.cureautismnow.org/
Cure Autism Now is another great site that has been around since 1995.

It is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists who are pushing forward research into treating autism biomedically.

They also have a number of chapters around the country which you can join and actively help out in raising awareness of autism and in raising funds for more research.

UK Resources

http://www.nas.org.uk
Started in 1962 The National Autistic Society is a registered charity and works across many areas to help people with autism live as independently as possible. Their website has information about both autism and Asperger syndrome as well as other services and activities.

They have a number of telephone helplines, as well as an email service and some useful information sheets which cover a wide variety of subjects.

In a similar fashion to the US groups they have branches around the country where you’ll find support for parents and carers, lots of advice and information and also fundraising and activity ideas.

General

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/autism.cfm
For a general overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders) have a read through the booklet found on this site. It describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.

http://www.autism.org/
The Center for the Study of Autism provides information about autism to parents and professionals, and researches the how effective various treatments are in helping autism.

Thye have links on their site to a number of papers/articles and interviews that give insight into Autistic behaviours and what you can expect.

These resources should get you started. If anyone has other online or offline resources they would like to recommend to others then please send them in to the email address that notified you about this post and I’ll add them to the list.


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