I am going to do some re-vamping of this site in the next few weeks. I am going to update info for help, social services, and if possible, support groups both on and offline. It will take some time, as I am trying to balance time between here and my offline dramas.
Please be patient, I will do my best to get this updated by Christmas at the latest.
This post was modified from its original form on 16 Nov, 14:11
Whether we have been in the autism community for years, or just got the diagnosis, it is always nice to have some sites to help us gather information, to get support, or just to pass along to help someone.
I will start with the most obvious, Autism Speaks. It is what I recommend to parents of newly diagnosed children:
For those in the military with children on the spectrum:
Whether military or not, another great site for parents, famiies, teachers, etc is:
To find services in your individual state, I again refer to Autism Speaks, but here is the shortcut:
Something that I strongly believe in is making sure your child has a way of identifying themselves, even if they are non-verbal. Both my children are very verbal, but have bracelet from the site below. The bracelets are very reasonable in price. I bought both of my kids' bracelets, and had them rushed to me for around $45 or $50. (rush was a bit more, I think without that charge, it would have been $35-40 for both, including taxes plus s&h).
There is another site that I have promoted on this site several times called Project Lifesaver International.
To quote their site on what they do:
The primary mission of Project Lifesaver is to provide timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimers, autism, and other related conditions or disorders.
The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimers, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless man hours and thousands of dollars. More importantly, because time is of the essence, every minute lost increases the risk of a tragic outcome.
Working hand in hand with trained public safety agencies, Project Lifesaver International (PLI) will help you save time, money and most importantly, your loved ones.
These are just a few sites that may help you in the autism community. There may some that are listed in your phonebook (if you still get a phonebook in paper form). If not, I am sure schools, social services, and perhaps even some churches may have information as well.
If you have any that are not listed here, and they help those in the autism community, just post it here, tell a little about it, so we know what kind of site it is (support group, information, school, etc)