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Autism Speaks Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions--across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan--for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Website
Autism Spectrum Disorders-Canadian American Research Consortium The mission of ASD-CARC is to work towards a better understanding of the causes, origins and effects of autism spectrum disorders, and the effects of treatment of persons with an ASD or a related disorder. ASD-CARC does research to uncover the different environmental and genetic factors that may contribute to the development of an ASD, identify subgroups of ASDs, develop methods for earlier and easier identification of an ASD, and identify and develop better treatment options for people with an ASD. Website
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis, Prevalence, and Services for Children and Families This issue of the Society for Research in Child Development's Social Policy Report provides a summary of selected recent studies on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, prevalence, and intervention. The authors include strategies for developing social policies to help improve the outcomes and independence of children and adults with ASDs. Document
Autism Treatment Center of America The Autism Treatment Center of America teaches parents and professionals caring for children and adults challenged by Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and all other developmental difficulties how to design and implement home-based/child-centered programs enabling their children to dramatically improve in all areas of learning, development, communication and skill acquisition. Website
Autism, A Parent's Story I have had almost 13 years of practice as a parent of a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). When our son was born we were thrown into a very different world. It has been difficult to keep our chins up and to keep searching for things that help our son, but as a parent I continue to advocate for him and for his successes. Click the link for the full article. Document
Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder Fact Sheet Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) is a neurologicaldisorder that affects a child's ability to communicate, understand language, play, and relate to others. PDD represents a distinct category of developmental disabilities that share many of the same characteristics. The different diagnostic terms that fall within the broad meaning of PDD, include: Autistic Disorder, Asperger?s Disorder, Rett's Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). Document
AWAARE Collaboration 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. Website
Baby Teeth Link Autism and Heavy Metals A recent study from the NIEHS has discovered that children with autism have more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese in their baby teeth, as compared to teeth of children who do not have autism. The differences in metal absorption for children with or without autism were especially significant during the months just before and after birth. The findings suggest that autism begins in the womb, and that our environment can increase a child's risk. Website
CDC Act early Resources and supports for developmental reviews and identifying first signs of developmental concerns. Website
CDC Autism Fact Sheet The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) has translated the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" Autism Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into multiple languages to reach underserved populations. The Autism Fact Sheet provides a one-page tool for clinicians to share with families to raise awareness about developmental delay, which may be related to autism or other developmental disabilities. It is now available in Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. Website