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Autism Services Resource Guide

 

General Resources

 

USA Resources / Alphabetical by State

 

Scholarships & Grants

 

Organizations Outside of the USA

 

Companies Known to Actively Seek and Employ Those with Autism

 

Disclaimer / CYDF Autism Services Resource Guide

 

 

 

 

General Resources

 

Autism Speaks (Nationwide Resource Guide) – Provides resource guide for those with autism and their families, caregivers, and professionals nationwide; and raises awareness and funds to support the autism community and research.

 

Autism Society of America (Nationwide Resource Guide) – Provides an extensive nationwide database of services for those diagnosed with autism and their families.

Autism & Dental Care  - A resource guide to help families with children, teens & adults with autism who have gone through rough experiences at a dental office.

Best Mattress Reviews / Autism, ADHD, & Sleep 
Provides people of all abilities, who suffer from sleep-related disorders, with information that helps them select mattresses that will enable the best possible sleep experience. 
https://www.bestmattressreviews.com/guide s/   
 

CARD / Center for Autism and Related Disorders (Nationwide Locations) - Provides assistance with specific areas of concern for a family and develops and implements strategies to diminish problem behaviors and teach necessary skills. Programs include comprehensive and innovative curricula tailored to the specific needs of individuals from birth to 21 years of age and helps them learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives.

 

Cleaner Indoor Air & Chemical Sensitivities / Invisible Disabilities Association 
Educates medical facilities, businesses, and churches on how to create a less threatening environment for people with environmental sensitivities and disabilities. 

 

College Autism Spectrum / CAS (Based in West Hartford, Connecticut)  - Assists students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families through college counseling (navigating college options before, during and through the college process); work skills (interview skills, specific job-related skills, etc.); and provides campuses and professionals with the tools and training to work effectively with students on the spectrum, and to understand the challenges and talents they bring. 

 

College Steps - Provides personalized college support for students with ASD and related challenges, which establishes a foundation for success in academics, work, and life.

 

Easter Seals (Nationwide General Resource) – Provides a variety of employment and training programs for those with autism and other disabilities. 

 

Guide to Finding Credible Medical Advice / Spring Arbor University 
Provides practical suggestions to help evaluate and determine the credibility of online medical resources. 

 Guide for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder : Online Safety 

A Helpful Online Safety Guide for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jason’s Connections

Provides an online network of resources to enrich lives of those with various abilities and challenges.

Low Vision Internet Gateway / Low Vision Center of Indiana 
Provides an extensive resource bank of information and services related to numerous visions issues, which can present themselves in people on and off the autism spectrum.  
 

Love and Autism Conference - This is an annual conference that addresses how the various types of love relationships (family, friends, and romantic) manifest in and enrich the lives of those with autism. The conference website features different videos on the subject, as well as an invitation to sign up for their mailing list to receive year-round updates on articles, research, human interest stories, and conference news.

 

Microsoft Autism Pilot Program (General Resource) – Established a pilot program that hires autistic adults for coding, software programming, and math jobs. 

 

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) – A global authority, resource, and advocate for horse-related activities and therapies. Sets standards for optimal safety and results for people with special needs. Check this website for PATH certified therapeutic riding centers in your area.

 

Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym

Provides a sensory-friendly, specially designed gym experience for children on the autism spectrum, with+ locations throughout the USA.

 

Specialisterne Foundation (Global / General Resource) - Strives to provide equal opportunities for people in the labor market, working with companies around the world to provide jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.

Spectroomz

(Global / General Resource) - An autism and employment blog that includes helpful and innovative tools for job seekers and employers alike. 

 

TACA / Talk About Curing Autism – Has local chapters in several states, and provides programs and services at little or no cost to families. 

 

Technology Guide for People with Disabilities / CollegeStats.org- Provides a comprehensive list of apps and software programs appropriate for various disabilities, which support individuals in the classroom and at work.

 

The Spectrum Careers (General Resource) - Rangam Consultants and Autism Speaks teamed up to create The Spectrum Careers, a program that matches employers with workers on the autism spectrum.

 

TOP Soccer (Nationwide) – Provides a community-based training and team placement program designed especially to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.

 

 

The Complete Guide to Well-Rested Kids at Every Age -helpful sleep information/tips for babies all the way through teens

 

 

USA Resources / Alphabetical by State

 

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

Scholarships & Grants 

 

 

 

 

 

  • TACA / Talk About Curing Autism / TACA Scholarships - Provides medical scholarships to families living with autism. These scholarships help families pay for physician-prescribed services, and include stop-gap medical treatments, independent assessments, and other necessary crisis funding.  

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations Outside the USA

 

Australia:

 

  • ASPECT / Autism Spectrum Australia - Provides information, intervention and a wide range of services to meet the needs of people on the spectrum and their families, as well as collaborates with other organizations to offer better options for people on the spectrum. 

 

  • Autism Queensland (Queensland, Australia) - Autism Queensland provides a comprehensive range of education, therapy, and support services to assist those with autism, their families, and professionals working with them.  

 

  • AEIOU Foundation (Australia) – Offers early intervention high-quality therapy, care, and supports that enable children with autism to develop essential life skills, independence, confidence, and inclusion. Also supports research, and provides advocacy at both State and Federal Government levels to raise awareness and increase the financial support for children with autism and their families.

 

  • Amaze (Australia) - Raises awareness and influences positive change for people on the autism spectrum, their families, and supporters. Provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community.

 

  • Autism NSW (Australia) – Provides individualized therapy for children and adults with autism, using the Davis Autism Approach which helps autistic individuals appreciate their individuality while learning to understand and find their places in the world.

 

  • Autism Western Australia (Australia) – Provides a wide range of lifespan services to people with autism, and maintains well-established links both nationally and internationally to stay up-to-date on advances in autism understanding and well-being.  

 

 

 Canada:

 

  • Autism Canada – Facilitates the exchange of information between individuals with autism, families, professionals, researchers, governments, and the public by providing information and service referrals across Canada. 

 

  • Society for Treatment of Autism (Alberta, Canada) – Provides comprehensive treatment, educational and consulting services for people with autism and their families. Offers services throughout Alberta and other parts of Canada.

 

 

 

 China:

 

  • Autism Partnership Limited (Hong Kong) 
    Offers intensive behavior treatment, based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), for those with ASD so they can reach their greatest potential, foster meaningful relationships and lead productive lives. Also advocates effective treatments for autism; strengthens skills of parents, teachers and professionals caring for individuals with ASD; raises public awareness and knowledge about autism and inclusive schooling; and supports autism research and the development of programs aimed at addressing the social needs of individuals with ASD. 

 

  • Autism Recovery Network (Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia) 
    Offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services in for children with autistic spectrum disorders, which provides children with tailored learning opportunities and recovery programs to maximize a child’s potential.  
     

  • Rainbow Project (Hong Kong, China) – Provides services to children with autism coming from multinational English speaking backgrounds, as well as conducts workshops, trainings, talks and presentations on Autism in mainstream schools to raise the awareness of autism. 

 

New Zealand:

 

  • Autism New Zealand - Provides support, resources, and information to those with autism, their families caregivers, and professionals working with them. 

 

  • IHC New Zealand - Provides a range of services to children and families with intellectual disabilities and autism. 

 

  • Altogether Autism - Supplies information for people with autism, parents, educators, support workers, and professionals working with adults or children on the autism spectrum.

 

  • Asperger’s Consulting - Provides consulting services for adults, teenagers and children with Asperger Syndrome (AS; and their parents, partners, children, family members, friends, teachers, health professionals, colleagues, and employers.

 

 

 

 

 United Kingdom:

 

  • The National Autistic Society (United Kingdom) - Provides diagnostic, academic, vocational, specialized, family, and caregiver services; as well as training and opportunities that build social skills for independent living. 

 

  • Autism Alliance UK network of autism charities that work in partnership with people with autism, their families, professionals, and other organizations to increase understanding, provide services, and achieve best possible outcomes.

 

  • Autistic UK  - A national organization run by people with autism, Autistic UK campaigns in the UK and beyond to advance the interests of all people on the autism spectrum; offers information and support;  promotes the civil and human rights of autistic people, and works to improve services, facilities, and conditions.

 

  • Child Autism UK - Provides services to help children overcome challenges with communication, learning and life skills; gives families the techniques and strategies to cope with autism; provides a network for ABA professionals,  and training and services for schools.

 

  • Music for Autism - Started in the U.K. and then brought to the U.S. in New York, Texas, and California, Music for Autism provides sensory-friendly musical experiences for those with ASD and their families. Musicians include Grammy and Tony-nominated and winning artists, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

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  • Derbyshire Autism Services (Derbyshire, England) – Provides specialized services, training, and support across the lifespan for those with autism, their families, and caregivers. 

 

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Disclaimer / CYDF Autism Services Resource Guide

 

Chase Yur Dreams Foundation provides the Autism Services Resource Guide as a reference tool, and every effort is made to ensure listings are current. However, Chase Yur Dreams Foundation does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. The guide is not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any service or resource, nor as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any organization, product, program, or professional. Users are urged to employ independent discretion and judgment and to request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism, or the provision of services, programs, and professionals related to autism.