Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Asperger's Syndrome

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

What is Autism?
Autism is one developmental disability that is part of a group of disorders known as sutism spectrum disorders.
After the Autism Diagnosis
Staying Connected as a Couple
When An Autism Diagnosis Comes in Adulthood
Learn From Autistics
Creating a Sensory-Friendly Home for Your Autistic Child.
Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Coping with Grief and Loss through Death or Divorce
Autism Answers
This is an excellent source of information concerning autism, autism awareness, autism spectrum, autism therapies and much more.
Petition for Amendment to the Lanterman Act
This petition focuses on the increasingly high demand for quality care givers for Autism.  Case managers are hard to come by since the work is very heavy and the pay is not sufficient.  This petition is in support of giving case-managers a living adjustment.
Simon Center for the Social Brain at MIT
The mission of the Simons Center for the Social Brain is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition and behavior, and to translate this knowledge into better diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).


Special Kids Foundation
Serving Special-Needs Children, especially in Eastern Contra Costa County, CA, this mother-run group works to improve the lives of affected children, parents, and families.

Autism Every Day
A short film, viewable online, that depicts what the parents of autistic children go through every day.  Also includes viewer comments, introduction by Don Imus, and related articles.

When Two Minds Think Alike
Article from SEED magazine that discusses the patterns among parents with a child/ren with autism.
NPR: Autistic Brain Has Difficulty Coordinating
Online article and link to radio broadcast on autism and its relation to brain coordination.
10 Things The Student With Autism Wishes You Knew 
The article's author speaks to educators from the perspective of an autistic child and explains the many sensory assaults experienced on a daily basis in the typical classroom. This information should have an impact on teachers, parents, and anyone who interacts with an autistic child.
Dream Catcher Weighted Blankets 
Specializing in custom and pre-made weighted blankets and lap pads.
The Secrets of Autism J. Madeleine Nash
A TIME magazine cover article, available for purchase.
Autism Speaks 
This foundation is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.
UC Davis MIND Institute
An international, multidisciplinary research organization committed to excellence, collaboration and hope, striving to understand the causes and develop better treatments and ultimately cures for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Autism on
Site covers a range of topics on autism through articles.
Exceptional Needs Network
A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping special needs children in the Tri-valley region of the San Francisco Bay area.  Site provides local resources, a bookstore, and information on local counselors and conferences.
Thinking in Pictures, By Temple Grandin
Using insights from scientific studies, autobiographies by autistic adults, and her own experience, she lucidly explains how people with autism differently perceive and process visual and sensory information and experience and express emotions, as well as develop social skills. She reviews diagnosis and treatment of autism, and discusses its association with talent and genius. Throughout the book we learn of Grandin's own strategies for coping with her autism and how autism has given her an advantage in understanding the behavior of other animals.
The Battles of The Autistic Thinker, By Marc Segar 
Marc Segar (1974-1997), a young British man, wrote extensively on his condition and provides a real and unique insight into the autistic mind.
 Be In Charge! UC Davis Study
The CHARGE Study (Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment) is a case-control study of 2,000 children with differing patterns of development.  Visit this site for more information on this scientific study as well as for participation eligibility.
 DON'T Cure Autism Now! by Frank Klein
Article by an autistic man, taking the position that autism does not need to be cured.
   Autism Society of America
ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, and supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.
 First Signs of Autism
An organization that aims to educate parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals in order to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child. Goals are to improve screening and referral practices and to lower the age at which young children are identified with autism and other developmental disorders.
 Talk About Curing Autism
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.
 "I Want My Grandson Back" by Bob Wright
The vice chairman of GE and chairman and CEO of NBC Universal talks about his family's personal crusade to cure autism.
 Autism Conference Reports Advances In Early Diagnosis, Role of Immune System and More

 Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome Explained
Link to NPR website and a radio program discussing Asperger's Syndrome, whom it affects, and what forms of medical and social treatments are available.

College Internship Program
Provides Bay Area and nationwide comprehensive training modules in Asperger's and learning differences.  Provides comprehensive, individualized, academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger's Syndrome and non-verbal learning differences.
Online Asperger's Syndrome Information & Support
OASIS is a leading website that provides links to articles, education, support groups, message boards, schools/camps, conferences, clinicians, and so much more.
Asperger's Disorder Homepage
Provides clinical information on the epidemiology of Asperger's.  Also lists book references and treating clinicians throughout the country.
Orion Academy
Located in Moraga, CA, Orion Academy provides a quality college-preparatory program for secondary students whose academic success is compromised by a neurocognitive disability such as Asperger's syndrome, or NLD (Non-verbal Learning Disorder).
Pretending to Be Normal
by Liane Holliday Willey, Tony Attwood
Autobiography of a woman and her child diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Author shares her daily struggles and challenges. Includes appendices providing coping strategies and guidance. For the general reader as well as professionals.
 Asperger's Syndrome: Some Common Questions,
 by Tony Attwood
The leader in the field of Asperger's Syndrome, Dr. Attwood, addresses some common questions.
CRC Health Group
Information and support for Asperger's Syndrome.
Aspen Education Group
Information and support for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome - Help for troubled teens - Residential and Wilderness Programs