Autism Resources on the Internet

Type “autism” into Google and you’ll find millions of references. Ready to check them all out? Hopefully, your answer is no. In fact, though, many parents spend unending hours surfing the Net, hoping to find the one site that will make a difference. Before you find yourself surfing the web at 4 a.m., check out these top sites. All of them are reliable and readable, with links to plenty of specialized services and related organizations.

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The Autism Society of America

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The Autism Society of America is the nation’s premier autism resource. It’s a chapter and member-based organization, which means you can join up and get involved at the local level. Start here for a good, unbiased introduction to autism, including information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and much more.

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First Signs

Many pediatricians know very little about autism. First Signs is dedicated to changing all that. Explore this site if you suspect your very young child may be Autistic. Share their information with your pediatrician. Then come back from more information about Early Intervention and optimal treatments

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Wrightslaw

The law has a lot to say about the education of children with disabilities. In fact, there’s so much legal information out there that it’s almost impossible for a layperson to understand it all. Wrightslaw has it all covered, from federal to state issues ranging from Individualized Educational Programs to Extended School Year, inclusion, and much more.

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Future Horizons

No matter what your relationship to autism, you'll find resources galore at this website. Future Horizons is a publisher, a conference organizer, a web resource, and even more. Start here if you're looking for tools for reaching and teaching autistic children, informing grandparents, selecting therapies, finding a community or just browsing.

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Autism Speaks

If you’re interested supporting research and advocacy for autism, Autism Speaks is a good place to start. Autism Speaks recently merged with the National Association for Autism Research, and it’s funded in part by the chairman of NBC.

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