Resource Links: Information & Support

Autism Society of America
www.autism-society.org
Provides education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness, and the promotion of research.

Centers for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)
www.umcard.org/  - Under "Links," all Centers are listed.
Centers located throughout the State of Florida.  Services include family support, technical assistance and consultation, parent and professional training programs, referrals, and public education activities – free of charge.

Autism Education Network
www.autismeducation.net
The Autism Education Network's mission is to improve public special education programs and to influence public policy that affects individuals with autism.  Provides information about special education rights and programs and conducts seminars about special education law and best practices in autism treatment and methodologies. 

Asperger Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN)
http://www.aspennj.org
Provides education, support, and advocacy in areas of education, research, and awareness about the issues surrounding Asperger Syndrome.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)
http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/
Support and access to information for families, individuals, educators, and professionals affected by or involved in the care of individuals with Asperger Syndrome. 

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Autism Website (NICHD)
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/autism.htm
Provides easy access to the most current information about NICHD research projects, publications, news releases, and other activities related to autism and similar disorders.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
http://nichcy.org/publications
Central source of information on disabilities in infants and children, IDEA, No Child Left Behind as it relates to children with disabilities, and research-based information on effective educational practices.  

Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH)
http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_autism.html
The MCH Library at Georgetown University provides information including the weekly newsletter MCH Alert, resource guides, full text publications, databases, and links to quality MCH sites.  

Resource Links: Research

University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development
http://pediatrics.med.miami.edu/mailman-center/research/mari/
The Marino Autism Research Institute was created in 2005 to support collaborative research at the University of Miami and Vanderbilt University. MARI has also provided seed funding for new initiatives in research on autism.

 
Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development
www.kc.vanderbilt.edu
Mission is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood, and emotion caused by disruption of typical development through: Pursuit of scientific knowledge with creativity and purpose; the dissemination of information to scientists, practitioners, families, and community leaders; the facilitation of discovery by Kennedy Center scientists; and the translation of knowledge into practice. 
 
Yale University Child Study Center on Autism
http://www.info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/
Offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations for children with social disabilities, usually focusing on the issues of diagnosis and intervention.
 
UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/
Mission is to understand the causes and develop better treatments and ultimately cures for neurodevelopmental disorders.
 
University of Rochester
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/autism/research.html
Description of research projects on autism including genetic and environmental studies to aid in the understanding of the origins of autism and related disorders.  
 
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute
http://www.usc.edu/schools/medicine/research/institutes/zni/research/marires.html 
The new MARI partnership with scientists at the University of Southern California is forging a research agenda that will have a more immediate impact on children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental conditions. 
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