Autism Spectrum Disorder

Many online resources have information about autism. It can be difficult to determine which information is the the most helpful and from trusted sources. Below are links to state and national resources that many professionals in the field find useful

Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

For those who are newly diagnosed, the 100-Day Kit from Autism Speaks may be a very helpful resource. You can find it here. You will have to enter your email address and the kit will be emailed to you as a pdf file.

Effective July 1, 2012 Senate Bill 946 ensures that people with autism have treatments for behavioral health covered by their health insurance. This includes Applied Behavioral Analysis and other evidence-based therapies that are of medical necessity. Learn more through the California Department of Insurance.

Most health insurance providers and Regional Centers only support therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorder that use evidence-based practices. Evidence-based practices are focused interventions that produce specific behavioral and developmental outcomes and have been demonstrated as effective through applied research. Learn more about evidence-based practices at the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network.

The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. In the Northern California area, the U.C. Davis M.I.N.D. Institute conducts important research in Autism Spectrum Disorder that is used by professional and researchers throughout the world. Often families who participate receive a variety of treatments and services at little or no cost. If you are interested in participating in research or just want to learn about research that is taking place in your community, click on the link above.

National Autism Association: The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.