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Join a LIVE Facebook Chat with Our Family Services Department

On Wednesday, May 25 at 3:30pm EST, our Family Services Department will be hosting a LIVE Chat! Visit our Facebook page and join in the conversation!

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
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 familyservices@autismspeaks.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.

To learn more about additional resources available to the autism community join us for a Live Chat on Wednesday, May 25th at 3:30 EST


  1. May 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You guys are awesome! Thank you for all that you do and the resources you provide.

  2. Jenifer caswell
    May 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you for this site it helps me alot with things

  3. May 25, 2011 at 6:08 am

    I have a very full schedule tomorrow, but I hope to be able to catch some of this tomorrow. I am a parent and a professor. Much of my work revolves around quality of life and service delivery as well access. I live a constant balance between theory to practice, but the scales have tipped (an NOT in our favor). Our family is facing a true crisis that I didn’t even see coming and hoping that someone can help.

  4. May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your site and the information it provides. We have a 2 1/2 year old who has shown sighns of autisum since he was a few months old and we have been serching for information to help us. Your web site has been a blessing for us.

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