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American Academy of Pediatrics 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

AAP Launches New Audio Series on Autism
To provide parents of children with autism with guidance and support, the AAP, led by the Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee, has created a series of audio interviews with medical experts, autism researchers and parents of children with autism. At Sound Advice on Autism, parents can listen as experts answer common questions about autism. The interviews include members of the Council on Children with Disabilities Autism Subcommittee. For additional AAP resources on autism for families and professionals, click here.

Autism Consortium

Autism Research Institute

Autism Society of America (ASA)
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by 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. Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism.

ASA’s Autism Source
Created in 2004, is the ASA's online referral database.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit is created specifically for newly diagnosed families, to make the best possible use of the 100 days following the diagnosis of autism.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learns, work and play in our communities.

Family Voices   

Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through a national network, Family Voices provides families with tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

Family Voices: Family Centered Care Assessment Tools

Families, both individually and within family support and advocacy organizations, can use this tool to increase awareness and knowledge of the specifics of family-centered care to more effectively.

Interactive Autism Network (IAN)

IAN, the Interactive Autism Network, is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by linking researchers and families. Anyone impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can become part of IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research, provide feedback, and make their voices heard.

Organization for Autism Research (OAR)

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001–the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR’s seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. OAR’s programs revolve around funding new research and disseminating evidence-based information in a form that translates the technical into layman’s terms for the non-scientific consumer.

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) 

Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed research, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about autism. Through integrative research, educational outreach, model programs and collaborative initiatives, SARRC sets forth, promotes and facilitates best practices for early intervention and the long-term care of individuals with ASDs.

UC Davis MIND Institute

The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders.

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