Parents often find that books and movies about autism that have happy endings cheer them, but raise false hopes because they don't provide information on autism or autism support, they are simply stories. In such stories about autism, a parent's novel approach to autism support suddenly works or the child simply outgrows the autistic behaviors. But there really are no cures for autism and growth takes time and patience. Parents should seek practical, realistic sources of autism information and autism support, and ensure that their autism information is based on careful research.
Similarly, certain sources of information are more reliable than others. Some popular magazines and newspapers are quick to report new "miracle cures" before they have been thoroughly researched. Scientific and professional materials, such as those published by the Autism Society of America and other organizations that take the time to thoroughly evaluate such claims, provide current information based on well-documented data and carefully controlled clinical research.
Discovery Health Partner: Autism Speaks
Discovery Health Partner: Autism Speaks
8630 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Prepares professionals for careers in the field of developmental disabilities. Also provides technical assistance and training, and disseminates information to service providers to support the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion into the community of persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Provides information on speech, language, and hearing disorders, as well as referrals to certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
29 West Susquehanna Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21204
An advocacy group that works toward school and community inclusion of children and adults with disabilities. Provides information and referrals to services. Publishes a newsletter and journal.
635 Ardmore Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
Publishes "The Communicator," provides referrals, and sponsors an annual conference.
Autism Research Institute
4182 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
Publishes the quarterly journal, Autism Research Review International. Provides up to date information on current research.
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-0881 or (800)-3-AUTISM
Provides a wide range of services and information to families and educators. Organizes a national conference. Publishes The Advocate, with articles by parents and autism experts. Local chapters make referrals to regional programs and services, and sponsor parent support groups. Offers information on educating children with autism, including a bibliography of instructional materials for and about children with special needs.
11920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1589
(703) 620-3660 or (800) 641-7824
Provides publications for educators. Can also provide referral to ERIC Clearinghouse for Handicapped and Gifted Children.
330 C Street, SW
Mail Stop 2651
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 205-9058, (202) 205-8824
Federal agency providing information on educational rights under the law, as well as referrals to the Parent Training Information Center and Protection and Advocacy Agency in each state.
Campus Box 7180
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7180
Publishes the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Also offers workshops for parents and professionals.
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Provides information, support, and referrals through local chapters throughout the country. This national parent-run organization focuses on the needs of families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders.
Institute for the Study of Developmental Disabilities
2853 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47408-2601
Offers publications, films and videocassettes on a range oftopics related to autism.
414 Wall Street, Research Park
Princeton, NJ 08540
(888)-777-NAAR; (609) 430-9160
Dedicated to advancing biomedical research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of the autism spectrum disorders. Sponsors research and conferences.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
Publishes information for the public and professionals in helping youth become participating members of the home and the community.
1282-A Franz Hall
P.O. Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
Provides information on Lovaas treatment methods and behavior modification approaches.