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External Resources and Information

Following is a list of external resources and materials on autism spectrum disorders.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism Web site
This site features updated and easy-to-read information on facts, screening, diagnosis, and treatments; pages dedicated to data & statistics, research, and publications; individualized pages for different visitors—people with ASD, families, healthcare providers, educators, and partners.

Learn The Signs. Act Early.
The CDC, in partnership with many organizations, including the AAP, launched an early identification awareness campaign to educate parents about childhood development, including early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. The earlier a child with a developmental delay receives appropriate assessment and intervention, the better the developmental outcome. 
CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program has joined with others across the federal government to promote developmental and behavioral screening through the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive campaign, launched in March 2014. The program will help families look for and celebrate milestones; promote universal screenings; identify delays as early as possible; and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.
Additional Information from the CDC on Autism

Association of Maternal and Child Health Program (AMCHP) State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC)
SPHARC is a comprehensive resource center for state Title V agencies and others interested in improving systems for children, youth, and families with autism spectrum disorders. In addition, SPHARC offers technical assistance calls on subjects such as financing of care, care coordination, cultural competency, family-centered care, medical home, health information technology, and transition.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)
The ASAT is a not-for-profit organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education, treatment, and care of people with autism. Their mission is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism.

Autism Science Foundation
The Autism Science Foundation supports autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing, and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is 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. Resources include: 100 Day Kit & Asperger Syndrome with High Functioning Autism Toolkit; ASD Video Glossary; and the Transition Tool Kit for Individuals With Autism.

Autism Speaks—Autism Treatment Network (ATN)
The Autism Speaks ATN is a collaboration of medical centers dedicated to providing families with state of the art, multidisciplinary care. The ATN was established to provide a place for families to go for high quality, coordinated medical care for children and adolescents with autism and associated conditions.

The Autism Society
The Autism Society is a leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research, and support. It is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Easter Seals Autism Services
Easter Seals programs across the country provide a wide variety of interventions that help individuals of all abilities, including those with ASDs. Easter Seals currently has a combination of services specifically targeting individuals with the diagnosis of ASDs as well as other services that include individuals with ASD among their service recipients.

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC)
The IACC is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning ASD.

Interactive Autism Network (IAN)
The IAN — a project of Kennedy Krieger Institute—is an innovative online project bringing together those affected by ASDs as well as researchers.

MCH Library Knowledge Path: Autism Spectrum Disorders
The knowledge path is intended for use by health professionals, educators, researchers, policymakers, and families. A selection of current, high-quality resources about ASD identification and intervention are available.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIMH is part of the National Institutes of Health. The NIMH site contains autism information including: identification, treatment, clinical trials, statistics, and free publications.