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Early Detection

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
A CDC initiative. Their “Learn the Signs. Act Early” campaign provides milestones for child development and ways to measure your child’s growth.
First Signs
Dedicated to identification and intervention of children with developmental disorders by creating a national model for disseminating information about early warning signs, the need for routine screening, and treatment options.

General Autism Information

Centers for Disease Control – Autism Section
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
Surgeon General’s Report: Autism Section
Time Magazine Cover article (April 29, 2002)

Autism Treatment and ABA

Association for Science in Autism Treatment
Association for Behavior Analysis
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
California Association for Behavioral Analysis
Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism: Five Models by Roberta Brancato Daversa (May 2001)
A detailed overview of ABA research and practices by a parent of a child with autism
An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis by David Kalmeyer (Parent of a Child With an Autism Spectrum Disorder)
The New York State Department of Health Clinical Practice Guideline
“It is recommended that principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and behavior intervention strategies be included as an important element of any intervention program for young children with autism.”
Richard Saffran’s Web Site
A parent’s excellent collection of information on autism and treatment
Kathy and Calvin’s Home Page
An Oregon parent’s web site with information on ABA training, forms, data sheets, and reinforcers

ABA Research Studies and Related Information

Articles, Reports, and Opinion Pieces Describing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Research That Supports It
The page has links to a number of useful ABA research studies and articles.
Behavioral Treatment and Normal Educational and Intellectual Functioning in Young Autistic Children
O. Ivar Lovaas (UCLA), in Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 3-9, 1987
Intensive early behavioral intervention led to normal functioning in nine of nineteen young children, compared to zero in a matched control group.
Long-term outcome for children with autism who received early intensive behavioral treatment
JJ McEachin, O. Ivar Lovaas, Tristram Smith, in American Journal of Mental Retardation, vol. 97, pp. 359-72, 1993
Follow-up to Lovaas 1987, eight children from the intensive intervention group continued to be asymptomatic, along with one from a “low-intensity” control group.
Clarifying Comments on the UCLA Young Autism Project by Ivar Lovaas, PhD. (August 2, 2000)
Cost-benefit Estimates for Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism by John W. Jacobson, James A. Mulick & Gina Green (1998)

ABA and Related Supplies

All School Supplies
Preschool and elementary school furniture
Baby Bumblebee
Learning videos: vocabulary, action words, opposites, colors, alphabet, numbers, etc
Child Care Depot
Preschool and elementary school furniture
Different Roads to Learning
Early Childhood Manufacturers Direct
Sells preschool and elementary school furniture
Handwriting Without Tears
Natural Learning Concepts
Scientific Learning
Producers of Fast ForWord products
Stages Learning
Stars 4 Kids

Legal Advice and Research

Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
PAI’s Home Page: PAI works in partnership with people with disabilities – to protect, advocate for and advance their human, legal and service rights. We strive toward a society that values all people and supports their rights to dignity, freedom, choice and quality of life.
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities.
Lanterman Act
“Consumer’s Guide to the Lanterman Act”:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Text is available on
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
Research prior School District hearing decisions:
Research prior Regional Center hearing decisions:
FAPE: Helping Parents and Advocates Improve Educational Results for Children with Disabilities

Governmental Agencies

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
California Department of Education (CDE)
Content Standards for California Public Schools
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Association Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)

Parent Support Organizations

Families for Effective Autism Treatment
Advocates for Special Kids
Talk About Curing Autism

Autism Organizations

Autism Research Institute (ARI)
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 281-7165
Autism Society of America (ASA)
7910 Woodmont Ave.
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
(301) 657-0881; 800-3AUTISM (328-8476)
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
99 Wall Street
Research Park
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 430-9160; 888-777-NAAR (6227)
California: (310) 230-3568
National Autism Hotline
Autism Services Center
605 Ninth Street, Prichard Bldg.
Huntington, WV 25701-0507
(304) 525-8014
Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)
P.O. Box 6175
North Plymouth, MA 02362-6175
Cure Autism Now (CAN) Foundation
5455 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 715
Los Angeles, CA 90036-4234
(323) 549-0500; 888-AUTISM (828-8476)
MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308
(219) 662-1311
Autism Network International (ANI)
P.O. Box 35448
Syracuse, NY 13235-5448

Non-Autism Specific Organizations

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
P.O. Box 1968
(55 Kenosia Avenue)
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
(203) 744-0100; Voice Mail 800-999-NORD (6673)
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
31 Center Drive, Rm. 2A32 MSC 2425
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425
(301) 496-5133
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
National Institutes of Health, DHHS
6001 Executive Blvd. Rm. 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
(301) 443-4513; 866-615-NIMH (-6464)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse
1 Communication Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
(800) 241-1044
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
(800) 695-0285


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