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Free job opportunity website for all persons with disabilities and inclusive employers. Need help with finding a job, filling an opening or getting answers to your disability and employment questions? Visit AbilityLinks.org to post a resume, post a job or make a contribution to show your support for disability inclusion.
"The ADA In Your Community" Survey
How do people with disabilities rate their community's implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act? To find out this answer, the Illinois ADA Project, in conjunction with the DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center is conducting a survey. People with disabilities, their family members, and their advocates are invited to complete the ADA Survey
so that your voices are heard when accessibility issues are being addressed in your communities. Print copies and alternative formats are available upon request. To request the ADA Survey in an alternative format, or for additional information, contact Alan Goldstein by phone: (312) 341-0022 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA)
National consortium seeking to create meaningful futures for adults with autism that include homes, jobs, recreation, friends, and supportive communities.
- The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
website includes facts, links to resources, press releases, "hot topics," research and more. This site is intended to assist parents and families in understanding mental disorders and problems affecting children and adolescents, especially the link marked complete listing of Facts for Families.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics
Find out more about what AAP recommends for your children's health. website provides autism health topics, bookstore and publications, professional education and resources, advocacy.
- The Answer, Inc.
Autism awareness and support group.
- The ARC of Illinois
The ARC of Illinois and its chapters have been in the forefront of strong advocacy positions for people with disabilities and their families. The ARC continues to be a strong grassroots organization with a rich membership of self-advocates, parents and professionals working together to achieve common goals.
- Asperger Syndrome Education Network - ASPEN
National organization provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities with education about the issues, support and advocacy.
- Association for Science in Autism Treatment
ASAT is an organization of parents and professionals committed to improving the education and care of people with autism.
- Autism and Special Needs Parent Support and Information Email Group (ASPIE)
If you wish to subscribe to a FREE newsletter, which lists northwest suburban area events and news, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC)
website specializes in providing mainstream, hands-on advice and information to parents, educators and others about topics related to autism spectrum disorders. Their books are more practical than technical.
- Autism-Asperger's Digest
Over 30 selections on a variety of topics: language/communication, play, managing behavior problems, reinforcement, motor skills, video modeling, social skills, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, incidental teaching, parenting and medical issues (240 pages, Cost: $24.95). Available through Future Horizons.
- Autism Education Network
Provides free information about special education rights, treatment options and education methods. Additional information includes training to families and professionals regarding best practices in autism treatment.
- Autism Learn 101
Web site is dedicated to making visually structured activities designed to help develop multiple skills for persons with autism. Many of their activities contain different levels, creating a connected heirarchy. Learn by doing, then progress to each higher level to expand learned skills.
- Autism One
Autism One is a nonprofit charity organization started by a small group of parents of children with autism. website educates families about prevention, recovery, safety, and change.
Autism Research Institute
Provides research-based information on the triggers of autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating autism. ARI is a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism.
Autism Resource Network
Offers a bookstore for parents and educators with reference books and educational toys, plus a quarterly newsletter.
- Autism Society of America
ASA provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
- Autism Society of Illinois
ASI is a statewide chapter of the Autism Society of America. Their online Autism Resources Directory provides links to organizations for assistance, advocacy, education, and support related to autism spectrum disorders. Their mission is to improve the lives of Illinois individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders. For more information, call (630) 691-1270 or toll free at (866) 691-5553.
- Autism Speaks - 100 Day Kit
Tool kit provides comprehensive information packet available to families who have had a child diagnosed with autism within the past six months.
- Autism Speaks - School Community Toolkit
Tool kit provides helpful information about students with autism and tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning for all members of the school community.
- Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Blood Draw Tool Kit
Tool kit provides a variety of tools to help you and your child to prepare for future medical visits and reduce the stress and worry that may come with blood draws. The kit’s resources include ready-made visual supports, social stories, relaxation and distraction techniques, and tips designed specifically for children with ASD.
- Autism Speaks - Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Tool Kit
Tool kit includes sections on symptoms and causes; list of strengths and challenges; executive functioning and theory of mind; diagnostic vverview; how are AS and HFA different?; you, your family and AS/HFA; interventions and treatment options; AS/HFA and the classroom; transitioning into adulthood;resources by topic; safety tips; action plan for the next 100 days; useful forms; useful books and websites.
- Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis
Tool kit is an informational guide to Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). It is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.
- Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Sleep Tool Kit-Parent Booklet and Quick Tips
This informational booklet is designed to provide parents with strategies to improve sleep in their child affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The suggestions in this tool kit are based on both research and clinical experience of sleep experts.
- Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Visual Supports and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Tool kit provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them. It also provides actual visual supports for parents to print, cut out and use, along with links to resources that provide more detailed information for those who want to go further.
- Autism Speaks - Tips for Successful Haircuts
Autism Speaks has partnered with Snip-its and Melmark New England to develop a haircutting training guide to provide information to families and stylists as to how to make the haircutting experience more positive for children with autism.
- Autism Speaks - Talking to Parents About Autism Kit
Tool kit for professionals contains the tools you need to initiate critical dialogue between parents to urge them to have their child screened. Contents include: message to educators; talking to parents about autism training video; and early childhood milestone map. Available in Spanish.
- Autism Speaks - Transition Tool Kit
Tool kit serves as a guide that can provide you with options to think about and explore as you and your adolescent with autism begin to plan for adulthood. The kit is broken down into different sections. At the end of each section, resources are provided specific to that section, as well as forms to help you keep track of the many pieces that constitute a transition plan. Since the transition process is different in each state, they have developed timelines for each state, with state agency information that may be helpful to you throughout the process.
- Autism Speaks - Participant's Guide to Autism Drug Research
The goal of this guide is to both answer common questions and pose additional ones that may be important for you to consider. The decision of whether or not to participate in autism drug studies should be guided by your goals and values as well as a clear understanding of potential risks and –benefits and possible demands upon you, your child and your family.
- Autism Speaks - Manual de los 100 Días
Manual de 100 Días de Autism Speaks fue diseñado exclusivamente para familias que recientemente fueron evaluadas, para hacer el mejor uso de los 100 días después del diagnoses de autismo.
- Autism Speaks - Housing and Residential Supports Provides information you need, help you search for housing options, and keep you informed of promising developments, resources, and news in housing and residential supports
- Autism Speaks - Individualized Education Program (IEP) Guide and Other School Resources
A team of lawyers at Goodwin Procter LLP has generously put together a helpful guide to help families understand the IEP process as their loved ones head back to school: Individualized Education Program (IEP): Summary, Process and Practical Tips. This 26 page guide contains an IEP timeline and clearly lays out the steps to take throughout the IEP process. The guide also includes lots of tips, resources, and answers to FAQs.
- Autism Speaks - Autism: Should My Child Take Medicine for Challenging Behavior?
Decision aid can help you work with your child’s health care provider when making important medical decisions. The decision aid can help you understand the possible risks and benefits of different treatments. It will help you decide what is most important to you and your family and help you choose an option. The goal for a decision aid is to help you work with your child’s health care provider to choose a treatment that matches your needs and values.
- Autism Speaks - Employment Tool Kit
Tool kit helps you research, find and keep employment in the current, competitive labor market. Stories, tips and resources were developed from a collaboration of people, including adults with autism, dedicated to increasing the employment participation of adults on the spectrum.
- Autism Speaks - ATN/AIR-P Dental Professionals' Tool Kit
Tool kit designed for dental professionals, discusses ways to help reduce children’s anxiety levels and increase compliance. It provides general and specific information that may help dental professionals better serve the needs of children with ASD. This tool kit is meant to be used in conjunction with other dental materials developed by Autism Speaks Family Services.
- Autism Speaks -ATN/AIR-P Parent's Guide to Toilet Training in Autism
Tool kit provides caregivers tips to increase toileting success by teaching toileting skills, providing advice on preparing schedules and routines and promoting visual supports.
Provides support, diagnosis, therapeutic services, inclusion and information, free of charge to parents and family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Computer software program that features more than 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols. Boardmaker is a tool for creating symbol-based materials such as communication displays for worksheets and visual schedules and social stories for children with autism spectrum disorders. (Cost: $329).
- Bridges for Autism Foundation
Committed to providing educational and financial resources to families with children on the autism spectrum. They award financial grants to individual families so that children with autism spectrum disorders can receive the necessary treatment and support to reach their greatest potential.
The largest online community for women created for parents of autistic children. In addition to the typical symptoms, treatments and advice most guides have, they are interviewing parents of autistic children to get their real world stories in an effort to help parents who are just finding out about the ups and downs of parenting an autistic child.
The information on this website is provided for general reference purposes. It does not constitute medical or other professional advice and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your child and adolescent psychiatrist or other physician. Only a qualified, licensed physician can determine the individual treatment that is appropriate for your particular circumstances. All decisions about clinical care should be made in consultation with a physician. Inclusion of information on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement of views, persons, methodologies or products. The health care providers whose information is available on the website are not necessarily the agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center. In consideration for use of this website, Rush University Medical Center or any other party involved in producing or delivering this website will not be liable to you for any action or nonaction that you take in reliance upon the information provided on this website.
Autism is a complex disorder. Our website provides information and resources for families with a child with autism. If you feel your child is experiencing behavior and/or symptoms that may be associated with autistic spectrum disorders, please contact your pediatrician or a licensed physician. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed from a psychologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, speech therapist and other professionals.
The Autism Resource Center's referral and resource list is not an all-inclusive list and is subject to change. Each day the team will be adding new resources and building to our website. If you have trouble finding a referral within your area, we encourage you to call (312) 563-2272 for further information. We hope that you visit our Web site again for any future referrals.