Resources

Advocacy/Education &  Legal Resources

AASCEND www.aascend.org
Autism, Asperger Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking and Development
Group discussions, guest speakers, educational and social events and meetings to share information and resources and provide support for one another. AASCEND works with local, national and global organizations to further understanding, support, community action and raise public awareness.

Americans with Disabilities Line 800-514-0301 (VOICE) or 800-514-0383 (TTY)
The U.S. Department of Justice’s toll-free line provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specialists are available M-F 6:30am-2:30pm.

Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks is 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.

Autism Society www.autism-society.org
Autism Society of America is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization. It exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism 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.

Autism Web  www.autismweb.com
A community of parents interested in autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and Asperger Syndrome. Teaching methods, diet, resources, books and more.

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)  https://dds.ca.gov
DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Disability Rights California www.disabilityrightsca.org
Advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)  www.dredf.org
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.

Disability Scoop www.disabilityscoop.com
Founded in 2008, Disability Scoop is the nation’s premier source for developmental disability news. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a more timely and comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.

Generation Rescue www.generationrescue.org
Generation Rescue is dedicated to recovery for children with autism spectrum disorders by providing guidance and support for medical treatment to directly improve the child’s quality of life for all families in need.

Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children’s Hospital http://childpsychiatry.stanford.edu
This educational series is for parents of children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The series is designed to provide parents with information about ASD including ways parents can support their children’s development and reduce inappropriate behaviors.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)  www.tacanow.org
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.

US Autism and Asperger Association www.usautism.org
Providers of education, training, accessible resources, and partnerships with local and national projects.

Biomedical & Diet

Autism Coach www.autismcoach.com
Autism Coach is one of the oldest autism information/product catalog sites on the internet. In its capacity as an information site, Autism Coach offers practical advice, articles on autism research, news, supplements, dietary products, and software to help individuals of all ages within the autism spectrum reach their maximum potential.

Autism Supplements Center www.autismsupplementscenter.com
The Autism Supplement Center provides easy access to a variety of manufacturers and nutritional supplements for autism.

BrainChild Nutritionals www.brainchildnutritionals.com
Brainchild Nutritionals is a nutritional supplement manufacturer that produces the most bioavailable, absorbable and purest form of liquid supplements. BrainChild supplements are designed to support individuals with autism, ADD, AD/HD and sensitive people with environmental illnesses, toxicities or digestive issues.

Developmental Spectrums www.developmentalspectrums.com
Developmental Spectrums, located in Pleasanton, California, is an integrative medical clinic devoted to the medical treatment of certain brain disorders in children, especially Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

Dr. Kurt Woeller www.drwoeller.com
Dr. Kurt Woeller  is a recognized specialist in biomedical autism intervention. His is an author, educator, lecturer and experienced clinician that provides access to cutting edge information regarding complementary and alternative medicine.

Houston Enzymes www.houston-enzymes.com
Houston Enzymes provides food-grade enzyme products as dietary supplements. Each enzyme product is formulated by Dr. Devin Houston, an enzyme biochemist with 30 years of research experience.

Kirkman Labs www.kirkmanlabs.com
Kirkman® is the leading manufacturer of nutritional supplements for individuals with special sensitivities and dietary requirements.  Founded in 1949, Kirkman® is also the oldest nutritional supplement company serving the special needs community. Kirkman® is viewed as one of the leaders in the nutraceutical industry an special needs community.

Our Kids www.ourkidsasd.com
Our Kids is a leading online retailer of vitamins and nutritional supplements for people on the autism spectrum. Our Kid’s carries Kirkman Labs, Thorne Research, Houston Nutraceuticals, Pure Encapsulations, Nordic Naturals, Metagenics, Liver Life, Lauricidin and Authia and many more supplements.

Safety

AWAARE www.awaare.org 
The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration is a working group of six national non-profit autism organizations whose mission is to prevent autism-related wandering incidents and deaths. AWAARE provides valuable safety materials and numerous resources

Lauren’s Hope www.laurenshope.com
Full line of personalized medical alert jewelry to include bracelets, necklaces, luggage tags and more.

Hope Paige www.hopepaige.com
Full range of medical identification for adults and children.

American Medical IDs www.americanmedical-id.com
Large selection of medical identification bracelets for adults and children.

myID  www.lifestrength.com 
Medical Identification bracelets.

Support Groups & Networks

Care Parent Network   www.contracostaarc.com/html
Care Parent Network is a one-stop family resource center serving families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Operated exclusively by parents of children of special needs, they are uniquely qualified to help parents of child with special needs.

Autspot www.theautspot.com
Autspot is a social network for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The website also provides resources such as available programs for children and adults with ASD, as well as a library of information to better understand ASD. 

PGE athena.papadakos@pge.com
PGE offers their employees that are parents or caregivers of a child with autism, free telephonic support and a resource group. Group meetings will begin in May 2013. If you are an employee of PGE, contact ValueOption’s EAP clinical manager Athena Papadakos 415-973-5229 if you would like to join this group. Note: This is a resource and support group and is not intended to serve as therapy or provide mental health benefits.

WrongPlanet.net  www.wrongplanet.net
A web community designed for individuals with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences, as well as family members, caretakers and professionals. WrongPlanet.net has a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies.

Research

Association for Science in Autism Treatment  www.asatonline.org
ASAT’s mission is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism because we believe individuals with autism and their families deserve nothing less.

Autism Research Institute www.autism.com
Founded in 1967 and operating under the belief that autism is treatable, ARI conducts scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating and preventing autism. ARI disseminates its findings to parents and others seeking help.

Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS)  www.medmaps.org
MAPS provides  education and long-term support for practitioners, ensuring the quality and consistency of medical care for children with autism and related chronic conditions. Inspired by the late Bernard Rimland, PhD, MAPS embodies this vision and direction of physician education and development in the field of ASD care. Additionally, MAPS provides resources to parents regarding practitioners.

Mind Institute  www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute
The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disordersis a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cure of neurodevelopmental disorders.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/autism/Pages/default.aspx  Conducts and supports laboratory research, clinical trials, and epidemiological studies that explore health processes; examines the impact of disabilities, diseases, and variations on the lives of individuals; and sponsors training programs for scientists, health care providers, and researchers to ensure that NICHD research can continue.

State & Local Resources

The Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC)  www.ggrc.org
GGRC works together as partners to create greater self-reliance for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services.

NY Learning Center www.nylearningcenter.comO
Offers after-school and summer learning programs for children and young students with developmental disabilities.

The Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB)  www.rceb.org
RCEB is a private, non-profit corporation providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services.