is a brain disorder that typically affects a person's ability to communicate,
form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the environment.
People with autism often seem to be living in their own world. Some people
with autism are relatively "high functioning," with good speech,
language, and intelligence, while other may have mental retardation, serious
language disorders, repetitive behaviors, and/or rigid thinking patterns.
For more information about autism, check these sites.
Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (text)
many options for treating children with autism and related disorders.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is one that has gained significant
interest in recent years. It uses structure and reinforcement,
together with precise teaching techniques, provided at a very
high level of intensity. This website, developed by the father
of a child with autism, is an extensive, well organized guide
to ABA resources on the Internet.
ANI is "an
autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic
people." Its website includes information about the organization
and its services, personal views of autism by some of its members,
and related links.
and fosters research designed to improve the methods of
diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism, and disseminates
findings to parents and others. Its website includes a wide range
information, with a focus on research about new and controversial
treatments. Also included are articles from its newsletter, Autism
Review International, and information about Defeat Autism Now!
conference of selected physicians.
by John Wobus, the father of a child with autism, this site features
an extensive "FAQ" from the AUTISM Mailing List, definitions
of terms, references to books, organizations, treatment programs,
and other information from the list's online discussions and
other sources. In addition, the site offers a large, classified
collection of links.
site of this major national organization offers a wealth of information
for parents and service providers, including "information
packages" on such topics as educational rights, medical
insurance, residential options, employment, and much more.
by volunteers "by and for persons on the autistic spectrum,"
autistics.org is a nicely done web site that focuses on self-help
and self-advocacy resources for individuals with autism spectrum
disorders. The "library" features articles that reflect
the personal perspectives of its contributors. The extensive
links collection is hierarchically organized and annotated.
web site offers information and articles about autism and related
disorders, issues, interventions, and sibling concerns. There
are numerous articles by and about Temple Grandin (a woman with
autism who has a Ph.D. and a successful international career
designing livestock equipment), as well as interviews with her
and other notable persons in the field.
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication
Handicapped CHildren) is a state program in North Carolina whose
website includes some excellent information for teachers of students
of a child with autism (she has the related condition, Asperger's
syndrome, as well) has compiled this huge personal web site that
combines her family's experiences with links to online autism-related
resources. There are over 500 autism links (not annotated or
organized), plus links to related "autism spectrum disorders,"
links to interactive resources, and the ubiquitous bookstore.