AutismLink provides information and support for autism spectrum disorder, on a site that links to features, other autism organizations, services to help parents to meet other parents in their area; a radio show, and a nation-wide database of service providers.
Autism Society of America
Autism Society of America works to promote lifelong access and opportunity for individuals within the autism spectrum and their families. The Web site includes Autismsource.org which is a nationwide online directory of ASA chapters, professionals, government resources, diagnostic centers, and service providers.
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
Resource from OCALI (Ohio Coalition for Autism and Low Incidence). It comes in a PDF doc that features resources for Ohio and primarily focuses on what is good to know the 1st year. It breaks it all down into downloadable chapters that you can view online or print.
Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD)
Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD) is a 501 (c) 3 public charity that offers support and resources to families effected by autism. Over the past 6 years, Families with ASD has proudly been supporting families living with autism, right here, right now.
Information About Autism
Autism Awareness Center
The GovBenefits.gov mission focuses on reducing the expense and difficulty of conducting business with the government and increasing access to benefit information, particularly for people with disabilities. Govbenfits.gov is an interactive website in that it asks fairly detailed questions to help identify potential eligibility for some public programs. To start, you will need to click on the "start here" button and answer a series of questions to determine what programs meet your needs.
National Autism Association: Helping Hand Program
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child. This program is intended ONLY for parents in DIRE financial need. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2009 and will be kept eligible through the end of the year.
National Autism Association of North East Ohio: Helping Hand Program
Helping Hand Grants in Northeast Ohio are provided to qualifying families to help children with autism access needed interventions, including speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, behavioral intervention, home programming costs, tuition assistance, respite care, marriage counseling for the parents, summer camps expenses as well as medical treatment costs, including biomedical interventions.
Grants are given to families that reside in NAA Northeast Ohio service area, i.e. in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Summit, Medina, and Portage counties.
NAA-NEO operates autonomously from the national organization (National Autism Association - NAA) on many levels, including its mission and grant giving priorities.
ACT Today! (Autism Care & Treatment Today!) Grant Program Notice
ACT Today!�s goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources including funding, guidance, referrals and follow up to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. ACT Today! is proud to offer a grant program for assessments and treatments that may not otherwise be covered privately or by other third-party funding sources such as school districts, county programs, insurance, and/or other grant making entities.
The Autism Scholarship Program allows ODE to pay a scholarship to the parents of a qualified child with autism. The scholarship gives parents a choice of sending their child to a special education program, other than the one operated by their child's school district, to receive the services outlined in the child's individualized education program (IEP).
PASSS stands for Post-Adoption Special Services Subsidy. It is a state-funded, county-administered subsidy created by Ohio to help adoptive families in need of special services. PASSS acts as a safety net to stabilize and support families when other resources available to a parent just aren't enough. Unlike other subsidies, PASSS can be started after an adoption has been finalized.
Apple iPad Apps
Proloquo2Go By AssistiveWare
ArtikPix By RinnApps
Peekaboo Barn By Night & Day Studios, Inc.
Bob Books #1 - Reading Magic By Learning Touch
Grammar Fun By Paradox Software
Talking Tom Cat By Outfit7
Fun Activities & Learning
Autism Today: Teach Community and Social Skills with flashcards
Hiyah: Free Software
Do2Learn (games, emotions, social skills, etc; some free stuff)
Jambav: Face Talk (free emotions game)
Child Fun (wide variety of free themed activities)
Mrs. Fischer's Kinder ~Themes: The Kindergarten Kitchen (fun recipes)
Special Needs Stop
Special Needs Stop has gone to great lengths to locate the best products for individuals and families needing items designed with special needs and disabilities in mind. They offer adaptive clothing, therapy games and toys, independent living aides, gifts for special needs kids, books about families raising special needs kids, educational games, toys for autistic children, aroma therapy candles, adaptive equipment and so more more. Be sure to visit often and bookmark this page for future purchases.
Rights of the Disabled
In the United States, the rights of disabled people are protected by a variety of laws and a vast network of nonprofit advocacy groups. One of the most significant pieces of legislation, and often the most familiar, is the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, other important laws offer further protection to the disabled in the workplace, in housing, in travel, and in many other aspects of life.
Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
The Ohio Department Developmental Disabilities ("ODDD") website has been created to support people with developmental disabilities. The website also has a link that will provide the end-/user with a list regarding the most recent versions of Federal and State laws and regulations concerning children with disabilities.
Tip: Click on the "HOW TO GET HELP" link and then click on the "I HAVE A CHILD 22 OR YOUNGER WITH A DISABILITY" link.
County level information can be accessed through the Ohio MRDD website above and through the local county information websites listed below:
Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Medical News Today (latest news & research)
Special Education Service: A community parent resource center
Wrights Law: The Special Ed Advocate