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RECOMMENDED WEB SITES

There is so much information on the web that it can be overwhelming to find what you are looking for - especially when it comes to autism. This is a very selective listing of sites, focused mostly on treatment. By providing these links, we hope to provide guidance to what is most important while avoiding duplicating information that is readily available elsewhere.

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GOVERNMENTAL REPORTS ON AUTISM TREATMENT

The United States government has issued Mental Health: A Report by the Surgeon General, validating the research supporting ABA as the leading treatment for autism. The report concludes that "thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior."

The New York State Department of Health has issued Clinical Practice Guidelines, Report of the Recommendations on Autism / PDD. The report recommends "a minimum (emphasis in original) of approximately twenty hours per week of individualized behavioral intervention using ABA techniques."

Guidelines for Identification and Education of Children and Youth With Autism. Connecticut State Department of Education, 2005

STATE SPONSORED INFORMATION RESOURCES

The State Education Resource Center (SERC), www.ctserc.org. Funded by the state of CT and located in Middletown, SERC has an excellent lending library which has an extensive collection of educational resources. SERC also sponsors an annual “Focus on Autism” series of workshops providing families and educators with opportunities to increase their knowledge about various approaches to autism treatment. You can sign up to be on their mailing list to receive notice of these workshops. 

The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), www.cpacinc.org. CPAC is a statewide non-profit organization funded by state and federal monies. It offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 21.

The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities (CTCCD), is appointed by the Governor. Its members include people with disabilities, family members, and professionals. The Council works to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. The Council publishes some highly regarded publications, such as The IEP Guide.


ABA RELATED

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board ®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. At their web site you can learn about the academic and training requirements for certification, and find a list of certified professionals. The BACB’s publishes a highly informative, free, downloadable guide describing professional standards for care and qualifications for service providers in their Health Plan Coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. See in particular page 23 (recommended level of ABA services) and page 31 (maximum case load of a BCBA professional team).

Association for Behavior Analysis. This international professional organization's Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) has articulated "Guidelines for Consumers of Applied Behavior Analysis Services to Individuals with Autism."

The Association for Science in Autism Treatment, www.asatonline.org. Their mission is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism. Their site contains extensive information resources, including information about upcoming conferences. Sign up for their excellent free newsletter.

The Behavior Analysis Certification Board  ®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. At their web site you can learn about the academic and training requirements for certification, and find a list of certified professionals.

The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that promotes practical, evidence-based applications of behavioral science in the home, school, and the workplace.

The Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis (CTABA) is a statewide organization whose purpose is to develop and advance the field of behavior analysis within the state of Connecticut through research, education, and dissemination of information. You can learn more about the Association and its educational and advocacy activities, at www.ctaba.org.

AUTISM RESEARCH and ADVOCACY

Autism Speaks (AS) is the nation’s leading non-profit autism research and advocacy organization. Founded in 2005, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes of autism and the most effective treatments. It also works to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocates for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Their excellent website provides highly worthwhile timely information regarding autism and the latest developments in research and treatment.

CONNECTICUT CENTERS for RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Southern Connecticut State University’s Center of Excellence on Autism Spectrum Disorders serves as a resource and collaborative partner in developing and delivering evidence-based training services to teachers, other school-based personnel, families, and community service provider working with individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3-21.

The Yale Child Study Center is a department of Yale University’s School of Medicine. The Center’s Autism Program at Yale engages in both clinical and research activities and sometimes sponsors conferences and other educational opportunities for both professionals and parents. Yale’s free undergraduate Autism Seminar course is available online at their website.

PUBLICATIONS

Autism Spectrum News (ASN) is a quarterly publication that distinguishes itself from many autism resources available in print and on the internet by focusing strictly on evidence-based treatments and practices that have been studied in clinical trials and research studies by members of the scientific community. ASN’s excellent and comprehensive A Parent’s Guide to Autism and Evidence-Based Practice is available as a free download at their website. To subscribe to ASN, or view archived issues online, go to: http://www.mhnews-autism.org/index.html

LEGAL AND ADVOCACY

Disclaimer: None of this information is intended as "legal advice" or to endorse any individual or company.

The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (better known as "P & A") is an independent state agency, created to safeguard and advance the rights of people with disabilities. Part of a nationwide network of P&A systems, it operates under both state and federal mandates.

www.mayerslaw.com is maintained by a New York attorney who has been involved in autism litigation for two decades. The site contains information about advocacy and due process, as well as descriptions of leading court cases and pertinent statutes.

www.wrightslaw.com is maintained by attorney Pete Wright. His company publishes a broad range of practical and affordable books and other materials pertaining to advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is an independent non-profit organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents. It was established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

CONNECTICUT ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING SUPPORT

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) is a non-profit organization focused on connecting parents and professionals with autism resources. Services include support groups, educational events, and various training opportunities.

Rhythms of Grace Ecumenical Worship Service. Sponsored by the Episcopal Church and with locations in New Hartford, East Windsor and Easton, CT, this ecumenical worship service for children with special needs and their families welcomes all faith traditions.

PARENT-CREATED SITES

ABA Resources for Recovery from Autism/PDD. This not-for-profit, purely informational site is maintained by volunteer parent Richard Saffran. Experiencing this site is like visiting with a supportive, knowledgeable parent mentor.

Sacramento FEAT. This site is hosted by the country's oldest FEAT group and has links to all FEAT and FEAT-related web-sites in the U.S.

RECURSOS EN ESPAÑOL (SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES)

ABA España http://www.aba-elearning.com

El análisis aplicado del comportamiento es una ciencia dedicada al estudio experimental de la conducta humana y comprometida con la mejora de la calidad de vida de personas con diversas formas de discapacidad. Entre las áreas de mayor aplicación profesional destaca la intervención en personas con autismo. ABA España es una asociación afiliada a la Association for Behavior Analysis International y ofrece oportunidades de formación en intervención ABA, tanto presenciales como a distancia, aprobadas por la Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

Un Trabajo En Progreso: Guia de Tratamiento ABA en Español: (Por John McEachin, et.al.)

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/resources/resources_spanish.html
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