For Professionals

The following list of online resources includes links to national research organizations, disability news sources and disability law and policy organizations.

Association for Science in Autism Treatment
http://www.asatonline.org/

 A well-respected, comprehensive website that tackles the array of considerations surrounding autism treatment. Our website is the go-to source for research summaries of the full array of autism treatments for families and professionals to make informed choices before considering treatment options.

Autism Research Institute
https://www.autism.com/

 The mission of the Autism Research Institute is to improve the health and wellbeing of people on the autism spectrum through research and the education of professionals, those who are affected, and their families.

Autism Speaks
https://www.autismspeaks.org/

 Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, 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.

Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
http://www.behavior.org/ 

The Cambridge Center seeks to create and deliver trustworthy information on high quality behavioral services and science around the world, to promote global collaboration among behavioral organizations, and to improve the future of behavioral science by educating and developing the next wave of behavioral scientists and practitioners.

Council for Exceptional Children
http://www.cec.sped.org/ 

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Disability.gov
https://www.disability.gov/ 

The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing.

Disability Scoop
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/ 

Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities.

Maryland Learning Links
https://marylandlearninglinks.org/ 

Provides parents and educators with resources to discover, connect, and participate with education in Maryland.

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder
http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/

Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.

Organization for Autism Research
http://www.researchautism.org/

Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
https://sfari.org/

SFARI is a scientific initiative within the Simons Foundation's suite of programs. SFARI’s mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

Wrong Planet
http://wrongplanet.net/about-wrong-planet/

Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and more.

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