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Early Detection

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly/
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
http://www.firstsigns.org
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
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/
 
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
http://www.behavior.org/autism/
 
Surgeon General’s Report: Autism Section
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter3/sec6.html#autism
 
Time Magazine Cover article (April 29, 2002)
http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101020506/scautism.html

Autism Treatment and ABA

Association for Science in Autism Treatment
http://www.asatonline.org
 
Association for Behavior Analysis
www.abainternational.org
 
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
www.bacb.com
 
California Association for Behavioral Analysis
http://www.calaba.org/
 
Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism: Five Models by Roberta Brancato Daversa (May 2001)
http://www.ctfeat.org/articles/daversaabafinal.htm
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)
http://www.ctfeat.org/articles/Kalmeyer.htm
 
The New York State Department of Health Clinical Practice Guideline
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/eip/menu.htm
“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
http://rsaffran.tripod.com/aba.html
A parent’s excellent collection of information on autism and treatment
 
Kathy and Calvin’s Home Page
http://kathyandcalvin.com
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
http://www.ctfeat.org/aba.htm
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
http://rsaffran.tripod.com/research1.html
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
http://www.ctfeat.org/articles/Lovaas93.htm
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)
http://www.ctfeat.org/articles/LovaasRebut.htm
 
Cost-benefit Estimates for Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism by John W. Jacobson, James A. Mulick & Gina Green (1998)
http://www.cchs.org/pdf/contentmgmt/DOCUMENT.PDF

ABA and Related Supplies

All School Supplies
www.allschoolsupplies.com
Preschool and elementary school furniture
 
Baby Bumblebee
www.babybumblebee.com
Learning videos: vocabulary, action words, opposites, colors, alphabet, numbers, etc
 
Child Care Depot
www.childcaredepot.com
Preschool and elementary school furniture
 
Different Roads to Learning
www.difflearn.com
 
Early Childhood Manufacturers Direct
www.ecmdstore.com
Sells preschool and elementary school furniture
 
Handwriting Without Tears
www.hwtears.com
 
Natural Learning Concepts
www.nlconcepts.com
 
Scientific Learning
www.scientificlearning.com
Producers of Fast ForWord products
 
Stages Learning
www.stageslearning.com
 
Stars 4 Kids
www.stars4kidz.com
 
Theraproducts
www.theraproducts.com

Legal Advice and Research

Protection & Advocacy, Inc.
www.pai-ca.org
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.
 
Wrightslaw
www.wrightslaw.com
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities.
 
Lanterman Act
Text: http://www.dds.ca.gov/statutes/docs/LantermanAct_2009.pdf
“Consumer’s Guide to the Lanterman Act”: http://www.dds.ca.gov/ConsumerCorner/docs/LA_Guide.pdf
 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Text is available on http://idea.ed.gov/
 
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
Research prior School District hearing decisions:
http://www.oah.dgs.ca.gov/Special+Education/SE+Decisions+and+Orders.htm
Research prior Regional Center hearing decisions:
http://www.oah.dgs.ca.gov/DDS+Mediation+and+Hearings/search.htm
 
FAPE: Helping Parents and Advocates Improve Educational Results for Children with Disabilities
www.fape.org

Governmental Agencies

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
www.dds.cahwnet.gov
 
California Department of Education (CDE)
www.cde.ca.gov
 
Content Standards for California Public Schools
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp
 
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html
 
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
http://www.scdd.ca.gov/
 
Association Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)
http://www.arcanet.org

Parent Support Organizations

Families for Effective Autism Treatment
www.feat.org
 
Advocates for Special Kids
www.advocatesforspecialkids.org
 
Talk About Curing Autism
www.tacanow.com

Autism Organizations

Autism Research Institute (ARI)
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
http://www.autismresearchinstitute.com
(619) 281-7165
 
Autism Society of America (ASA)
7910 Woodmont Ave.
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3067
info@autism-society.org
http://www.autism-society.org
(301) 657-0881; 800-3AUTISM (328-8476)
 
National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR)
99 Wall Street
Research Park
Princeton, NJ 08540
naar@naar.org
http://www.naar.org
(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
http://www.autismservicescenter.org/
(304) 525-8014
 
Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)
P.O. Box 6175
North Plymouth, MA 02362-6175
SusanG1961@aol.com
http://www.autcom.org
 
Cure Autism Now (CAN) Foundation
5455 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 715
Los Angeles, CA 90036-4234
info@cureautismnow.org
http://www.cureautismnow.org
(323) 549-0500; 888-AUTISM (828-8476)
 
MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger’s, and PDD
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308
chart@netnitco.net
http://www.maapservices.org
(219) 662-1311
 
Autism Network International (ANI)
P.O. Box 35448
Syracuse, NY 13235-5448
jisincla@mailbox.syr.edu
http://ani.autistics.org

Non-Autism Specific Organizations

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
P.O. Box 1968
(55 Kenosia Avenue)
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
orphan@rarediseases.org
http://www.rarediseases.org
(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
http://www.nichd.nih.gov
(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
nimhinfo@nih.gov
http://www.nimh.nih.gov
(301) 443-4513; 866-615-NIMH (-6464)
 
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse
1 Communication Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
(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
nichcy@aed.org
http://www.nichcy.org
(800) 695-0285

 

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