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Asperger's - Autism

CONNECTICUT

Autism in Connecticut

Here you will find information on activities, programs and events around the state that might be of interest to anyone in Connecticut living with autism. You will find a calendar of events listing support groups, speakers, conferences, and workshops. There will be links for programs, research studies, and other activities that might be of interest to families, professionals, community members, friends or to other autism organizations.


Autism Services Division, Department of Developmental Services, State of Connecticut

The Connecticut Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Pilot Program was established for adults who have autism spectrum disorder and do not have mental retardation and are not receiving services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Visit the DDS site for information on contacts, frequently asked questions, and other pertinent information.


Autism Society of Connecticut (ASCONN)

ASCONN is focused on three areas: serving as a statewide autism resource; providing grants to families who may need financial assistance; and raising awareness of autism. They provide regional workshops, support groups, and events throughout the state.


Autism Spectrum Quarterly (ASQ)

Your Gold Standard Autism Resource. A publication with a concept and mission so unique they had to coin a brand new term to describe it, the Autism Spectrum Quarterly MAGAJOURNAL combines the best of both worlds - the readability and interest of a MAGAZINE with the substance and depth of a professional JOURNAL. You'll find high-interest articles on a variety of topics ranging from intervention ideas, family issues, interviews, book and product reviews, to cutting-edge, user-friendly research information and the "bottom line" implications you need to translate research theory into effective intervention practices. Exceptional authors, knowledgeable editors, and timely and important information makes ASQ the most trusted, respected, and unique publication of its kind in the field of Autism spectrum disorders.


Avon Therapeutic Center

The Avon Therapeutic Center is a multifaceted medical office established to provide comprehensive treatment modalities and therapeutic programs for children and adults with special needs, including autism related disorders.


Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center, Inc. (ASRC)

The ASRC is a family run, non-profit organization in Connecticut that serves individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their family members, and the professionals who work with them.


Connecticut Center for Child Development (CCCD)

Established in 1995, the CCCD is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders throughout their lifespan. CCCD's goal is to help each of their students reach their maximum potential and become active, productive members of their families and communities. Instructional methods are based on applied behavior analytic learning principles implemented in school, home, work, recreational, and community settings.


Connecticut Center for Health

The Connecticut Center for Health is an alternative medicine center using naturopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and osteopathy to treat a variety of diagnoses. The information on autism includes conventional as well as natural or alternative treatments.


Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC)

The CCMC is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of children. The people of CCMC embrace a comprehensive view of child health and strive for preeminence in helping each child reach for and achieve maximum potential and independence. CCMC stresses excellence, innovation, and leadership in providing the highest quality service, education, and research. Visit their website for information on their Autism Spectrum Assessment Program.


Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT)

CT FEAT is a non-profit organization formed by parents and family members to provide information and support to the families of children with autism spectrum disorders. Many experience tremendous difficulties in obtaining accurate diagnoses for their children. Once given a diagnosis, typically it was not accompanied by up-to-date treatment information. The parents at CT FEAT want to help the families who come after us to learn about, and have access to, effective treatment as soon as possible following diagnosis.


Connecticut Parent Resource Library

This site contains a very long list of books under the following categories: kids, reference, specific diagnosis, general disability, family issues, feeding and diet issues, a parent's story, siblings, and educational.


Disability Resources, Inc.

Disability Resources is a nonprofit organization estaglished to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities life, learn, love, work, and play independently. They serve thousands of individuals with disabilities through a multidisciplinary network of service providers and consumers. In order to reach as many people with disabilities as cost effectively as possible, they target their services and publications to libraries, disability organizations, independent living centers, rehabilitation facilities, educational institutions, and health and social service providers. Visit their site for Connecticut resources via the above link or visit their home page at www.disabilityresources.org.


Farmington Valley Asperger's Network (FAVAN)

FAVAN is a not-for-profit support group for parents, family members, educators, and professionals who either have children or are associated with children on the higher end of the autism spectrum. FAVAN's immediate goal is to provide emotional support and informational exchange in a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive environment and provide an opportunity for parents to network with other parents in similar situations. As part of FAVAN's overall mission, they aim to educate members about current local resources available to them and provide help with school and other educational issues.


Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP)

We, having been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism, and noting the steady increase in our own population, do hereby affirm our responsibility to serve not just ourselves as a community, but all of society and the world.


Innovative Autism Network (IAN)

Innovative Autism Network is there to provide your family and child with the most effective therapies in a supportive and fully integrated learning environment.


Meetup.com

Meetup.com helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. Meetup believes that the world will be a better place when everyone has access to a people-powered local Meetup Group, that's their goal. You can view Connecticut Meetups by clicking here or you can view Meetups by state, top city, Canada, or other countries by clicking here.


Yale University Developmental Disabilities Clinic

The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. This is also one of the leading research centers in the world and was recently recognized as a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence. Yale's Program involves infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school-age children, as well as young adults (18-21 years) with autism and related disorders and integrates highly experienced professionals from the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology, and neuroimaging, child psychiatric, speech-language pathology, social work, genetics and the biological sciences, as well as psychopharmacology and psychiatric nursing.


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Asperger's Association of New England (AANE)

The AANE is made up of individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), their families, friends, and professionals, whose mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for individuals and their families.


Asperger's Disorder Homepage

This site offers information such as: a list of clinicians in the United States who evaluate individuals with Asperger's; professionals who provide services for individuals with disabilities; definition of Asperger's; the epidemiology; differences between Asperger's and high functioning autism; diagnostic criteria of Asperger's; treatment of Asperger's; and an Asperger's blog.


Asperger Foundation International (ASPFI)

The mission of ASPFI is to fund and disseminate evidence-based research that identifies causes, effective interventions, and supports for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and similar conditions.


Asperger's Syndrome.com

Intended for professionals in children's psychology and psychiatry, educators, and parents, the intent of this site is to: increase the awareness of Asperger's Syndrome (AS) among mental health professionals in order to improve the diagnosis of developmental problems; enable educators to identify children with AS and plan their learning strategies accordingly; and inform parents about AS so they can make sure their children receive the best possible education and socialization.


Asperger's Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN)

ASPEN is a national volunteer non-profit organization that provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders (Asperger's Syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder-NOS, high functioning autism), and nonverbal learning disabilities with: education about the issues surrounding the disorders; support in knowing that they are not alone and in helping individuals with ASD's and NLD achieve their maximum potential; and advocacy in areas of appropriate educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues, and increased public awareness and understanding.


Autism-Asperger's Digest Magazine

The Digest has been created especially for: parents and family members; education professionals; aides, caregivers, speech therapists; and OT's; and psychologists and diagnosticians specializing in autism. The Digest features original articles and material from sources around the world, each issue covers the latest people, products, research, news, and viewpoints emerging in the autism field. The Digest brings you expert advise, thought-provoking articles, helpful tips, and meaningful insights - information you can immediately put to use.


Autism Asperger Publishing Company

The Autism Asperger Publishing Company is an independent publisher specializing in books on autism spectrum disorders based on the latest research on autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. The Company takes pride in offering books that provide practical solutions for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder as well as parents, teachers, or others working or living with an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. In addition to autism books, they offer videos and other interactive products.


Autism/Asperger's Syndrome Sites

This site has a seemingly endless list of resources (links to websites, etc.) for autism related topics.


Autism Research Institute (ARI)

A non-profit organization founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism, the ARI is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI publishes a quarterly newsletter covering biomedical and educational advances in autism research.


Autism Society of America (ASA)

Founded in 1965, the 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.


Autism Today

The Autism Today website is a creative, interactive, one-stop shop where you can find everything you need to navigate the maze of ASD-related information. The website offers an extensive archive of articles and research summaries, a resource store, advice from a wide array of autism experts, an online gallery of creative works from the international autism community, Autism Education Online, live Tele-Classes, and much more.


Families of Adults Affected by Asperger's Syndrome (FAAAS)

FAAAS' mission is to offer support to the family members of adult individuals affected with Asperger's Syndrome. Their goal is to educate the public to the existence of Asperger's Syndrome in the adult population and to bring awareness of this neurological disorder and its ramifications on the "whole" family to the medical communities who are directly or indirectly involved. Another key aspect to their work is to give the families a measure of reassurance so they can validate their concerns and frustrations as concrete issues rather than simple "family problems."


Family Village

A site with an Asperger's Syndrome page that includes information such as: Autism resources; where to go to chat with others with Asperger's; learn more about Asperger's; and links to other Asperger's related websites.


Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)

This site provides information to parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders including autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and Asperger's Syndrome, and to professionals about FEAT, its goals, organization, and how FEAT can help families as well as to provide information about other available resources.


Future Horizons, Inc.

Future Horizons' mission is to bring current, helpful information on autism and Asperger's Syndrome to individuals, families, and professionals. They provide books, conferences and other valuable information on autism, Asperger's, and pervasive development disorder.


Helpguide.org

Helpguide's mission is to help people undersatnd, prevent, and resolve life's challenges. They empower people with knowledge and hope. Their goal is to give you the information and encouragement you need to take charge of your health and well-being and make healthy choices. From the home page menu, you can find Autism information under Childhood Issues.


MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

MAAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of more advanced individuals with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder via their quarterly newsletter, conferences, publications, and other information sources.


Meetup.com

Meetup.com helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. Meetup believes that the world will be a better place when everyone has access to a people-powered local Meetup Group, that's their goal. You can view Meetups by state, top city, Canada, or other countries by clicking here.


National Autism Association

The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease - a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world. Click here to view the NINDS Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet.


Online Asperger's Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)

OASIS understands how essential it is that families of children diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and related disorders, educators who teach children with AS, professionals working with individuals diagnosed with AS, and individuals with AS who are seeking support have access to information. Although recently reminded that there is no oasis or paradise for those with AS, OASIS sincerely hopes that they, along with parents and professionals, will find a bit of shade and support via the information presented and links available on this site.


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

This page is designed to put you in quick contact with information and resources for children and youth with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome. This page is part of a 'suite' of pages on disorders along the autism spectrum that includes information such as: What is Autism?; How common is Autism?; What are the signs of Autism?; What research is being done?; What about school?; Tips for parents; Tips for teachers.


Pediatric Neurology.com

Using links on this site, you can find a myriad of pediatric neurology information on topics such as: autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities.


Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

TACA provides information, resources, and support to 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 people with autism be the best they can be.


Towards Success in Tertiary Study with Asperger's Syndrome and Other Autism Spectrum Disorders

This booklet was written for students who are studying or intend studying at tertiary level who have Asperger's Syndrome or another Autism spectrum disorder. The strategies included bring together the experiences of students, staff, and support organizations. The booklet also builds on exisitng resources, both print and electronic medial.


Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communications-handicapped Children (TEACCH)

TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with Autism spectrum disorders. Establshed in the early 1970's, the TEACCH program has worked with thousnads of individuals with Autism spectrum disorders and their families. They provide clinical services such as diagnostic evaluations, parent training and parent support groups, social play and recreation groups, individual counseling for higher-functioning clients, and supported employment. In addition, TEACCH conducts training nationally and internationally and provides consultation for teachers, residential care providers, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines. Research activities include psychological, educational, and biomedical studies.


Unlocking Autism.org

Unlocking Autism.org's goal is to enhance the work done by other organizations and continue to do so on a daily basis. Unlocking Autism.org is a multi-faceted organization and hopes with your help, they can not only tap into the strength of local communities, but reach out across the nation to unify the parents of the autistic people in the United States in an effort to sort out the mystery of autism.


US Autism and Asperger Association (USAAA)

The USAAA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals and their families/caregivers touched by autism spectrum disorders by providing educational and family support through conferences/seminars and published and electronic mediums. USAAA distributes information with regard to biomedical treatments/adjunct therapies and research to parents, practitioners, students, and teachers who are associated with the autism and Asperger's Syndrome communities and conducts an annual conference where leading experts present information focusing on ways to improve the quality of life for affected individuals and their families/caregivers.

Use Visual Strategies

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and lots of other students with behavior or communication challenges tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see better than what they hear. Therefore, they benefit significantly from the use of visual strategies. Deciding when and how to use pictures and other visual supports is the key... learn lots of great ideas here.