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Resources for autism spectrum disorder

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000657044.26627.bb
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USE THESE web resources to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families find support and information on topics such as next steps after diagnosis, living with ASD, and self-advocacy.

The Arc's Autism NOW Center

www.autismnow.org

Launched in 2011, this site provides community-based solutions for individuals with ASD and other developmental disorders. Visitors can find a directory for agencies in their state that can help with services, support, and resources, as well as information on employment, education, transition planning from school to adult life, dating and relationships, getting around in the community, socializing, travel, and more.

Autism Speaks

www.autismspeaks.org

The informative website for this advocacy and support organization includes a series of comprehensive tool kits, called the 100 Day Kit, to help families of newly diagnosed young and school-age children access the services and support they need. The site also promotes a new campaign, “A Brighter Life on the Spectrum,” which features the stories of people across the spectrum.

Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)

www.autisticadvocacy.org

This grassroots advocacy organization is run by and for individuals on the autism spectrum and aims to advance civil rights, support self-advocacy, and improve public perceptions of ASD. Its website includes an extensive resource library with self-advocacy information, a book catalog, policy briefs, and a newsletter. In a policy center section, people can share their experiences with autism and information on volunteer opportunities.

HealthyChildren.org

www.healthychildren.org

Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this parenting site offers ASD resources for parents, families, and healthcare professionals. Under the “Health Issues/Conditions” tab, this site provides general information about signs and symptoms of ASD, screening, and diagnostic criteria, and a step-by-step guide for parents who suspect their child has ASD.

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