Autism is a life-long condition that affects the way a person perceives and relates to the world around them. Because autism affects people to widely varying degrees, the condition is sometimes known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
The degree to which people with an autistic spectrum condition are affected varies but all have what is known as a triad of impairments, which affects:
- Social interaction (difficulty relating to other people)
- Social communication (difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication)
- Imagination (difficulty in the development of play and flexible thinking)
Although not all people with autism have learning disabilities, they all have difficulty making sense of the world in the way most people do.
Resources in Autism Education (RAE) – RAE is an organization committed to providing the highest quality behavioral intervention services to children diagnosed with autism and related Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
The Autism Collaboration – A medley of many national autism research and support organizations, the Autism Collaboration focuses on increasing the involvement of the parent in autism research and treatment. The Autism Collaboration also offers an exclusive search engine dedicated to autism and all it encompasses.
Autism Resources – A large collection of various books on autism.
The Autism Society – The ASA focuses on increasing public awareness on autism, advocating for correct services for autistic individuals and their families, and providing up-to-date information on treatments, education, research, and advocacy.
ABA Educational Resources Ltd. – ABA Educational Resources Ltd. is committed to being a leading edge website providing practical resource materials for families and professionals using educational strategies for children with autism. Its goal is to facilitate delivery of ABA services to families through the provision of resource materials at a free and/or affordable cost.
Different Roads to Learning – For 12 years, Different Roads to Learning has been striving to meet the needs of families and professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
Laureate – Founded by two speech-language pathologists, Laureate offers more than 50 programs for individuals with autism, language impairments, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, aphasia, and traumatic brain injury.