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While we work to change the future for those who struggle with autism, the Family Services Team is committed to addressing the daily challenges people with autism, their families, and caregivers face today.
Living with autism is often accompanied by a profound sense of isolation and helplessness, for the individual with autism as well as the family. “It is important that families can connect with us, quickly get the information they need, and that they recognize the power of their own advocacy,” states Marianne Sullivan, Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources.
The Family Services Team supports families by connecting them to resources and information, enabling them to make informed decisions. Information is a powerful tool; it can lead to dramatic improvement in the outcome and quality of life of an individual with autism.
Resources for all Ages
The Autism Speaks online Resource Guide is one of the largest databases of autism resources in the country with more than 36,000 entries and information from all over the United States. Searchable by state or by zip code, resources are organized into over 35 categories.
An online Resource Library provides a variety of autism related information and reference materials including books, blogs, catalogs, and tool kits as well as resources for Spanish-speaking families.
Age-related resources are organized into three categories in the Family Services section of the Autism Speaks website: Diagnosis /Intervention (0-3), School Age/Youth (3-22) and Young Adult/Adult (22 years and older).
A family can quickly get to the information that is relevant to their loved one. We realize families are busy people, short on time, and want to put their finger on information that typically has to do with an individual’s age.
Autism Response Team (ART)
Families have the opportunity to contact the Autism Response Team (ART), who are specially trained to talk and email hundreds of families each month. An ART coordinator can be contacted through a toll-free number, 888-AUTISM2 (288-4762), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tool Kits are free and available to download online
100 Day Kit, available in English and Spanish, provides information for families whose child has recently been diagnosed with autism.
Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism Tool Kit is also available
School Community Tool Kit provides information and resources for general education and administrative school staff to support a positive school experience for children with autism.
Talking to Parents about Autism: Action Kit contains tools to help initiate the critical conversation with parents if someone suspects their child may be exhibiting early signs of autism.
Transition Tool Kit serves as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood.