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Autism 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.


Autism Fact Sheets


National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (text) (pdf)

National Institute of Mental Health

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Autism Web Sites


ABA Resources for Recovery from Autism/PDD/Hyperlexia [added 5/14/02]
There are 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.

Autism Network International (ANI)
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.

Autism Research Institute (ARI)
ARI conducts and fosters research designed to improve the methods of
diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism, and disseminates research
findings to parents and others. Its website includes a wide range of
information, with a focus on research about new and controversial
treatments. Also included are articles from its newsletter, Autism Research
Review International, and information about Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!), a
conference of selected physicians.

Autism Resources
Produced 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.

Autism Society of America (ASA)
The web 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.
Produced by volunteers “by and for persons on the autistic spectrum,” 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.

Center for the Study of Autism (CSA)
The CSA 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.

Division TEACCH
Division 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 with autism.

“Ooops… Wrong Planet! Syndrome”
The mother 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.

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