February 23, 2018

National Autism Resources

Autism Society of America:  Since 1965, the Autism Society has been a leader in serving people with autism, their families and professionals. We provide the most comprehensive information and referral service via our toll-free number, 1-800-3AUTISM, and the largest online referral database, AutismSource.

The Autism Society is the home of the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon, one of the most recognizable cause-related symbols, and founded National Autism Awareness Month, which helps focus attention on autism in April of every year. The Autism Society’s 107 affiliates nationwide are incubators for local programs such as Safe and Sound, camps, respite care and social skills events.

The Autism Society supports research that will help families living with autism. Today, 67 individuals will be diagnosed with autism, and their families have no clear path for treating the symptoms of this medical condition. For this reason, the Autism Society has launched research initiatives to look into early diagnosis and early intervention, the environmental triggers of autism, environmental factors that exacerbate health conditions, and, most importantly, a comprehensive, coordinated treatment-guided research initiative.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities:  The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany) is a university – affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. CARD Albany provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.

A hallmark of CARD Albany programs is the integration of research, training, and practice. Staff represent many disciplines- including psychology, education, school counseling, social work, school psychology, and rehabilitation counseling- which contributes to our comprehensive understanding of autism spectrum disorders.

Global Autism Alliance: The Global Autism Alliance (GAA) was launched earlier today in conjunction with World Autism Awareness Day. Representatives from around the world are working in collaboration to raise awareness about autism and to drive home the message that autism is treatable. The target audience includes government and professional agencies, families with a child or adult on the autism spectrum, and the public. We plan to accomplish these goals through international webinars for parents and professionals, translating articles, and much more. You can learn more about the Global Autism Alliance at www.GlobalAutismAlliance.com. In addition, you can watch a special video on the website featuring representatives from around the world discussing needs in their respective countries and their support of the alliance.