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International. Founded 1992. Organization run by and for autistic people. Provides peer support, tips for coping and problem-solving. Online listserv, advocacy, education, retreats/conferences, information and referrals.
Autism Network International
P.O. Box 35448
Syracuse, NY 13235-5448
Voice: 315-476-2462 (Long-distance calls will be returned collect.)
Online. Interactive webpage providing information and support for Autism and Asperger syndrome and related disorders. 2-day free trial, $35 annual dues. Includes local, national and international support groups, research papers and descriptions. Message boards, chatrooms, research projects, links to evaluators and other Asperger syndrome online resources. Forums for families affected by Asperger syndrome and Autism and the professionals working with them.
International. 27 regional and 11 online groups. Founded 2003. Support network for adults and adolescents with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, Asperger syndrome or pervasive developmental disorder. Newsletter, literature, community advocacy, outreach, education, programming and services, at no cost to its members.
419 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10003
Online. Offers support to the family members of adult individuals with Asperger syndrome. Bulletin board, e-mail list and resources.
PO Box 514
Centerville, MA 02632
Online. 1400+ members. Founded 1997. Opportunity for families and professionals to discuss the unique aspects of supporting a person who is dually diagnosed with Down syndrome and autism-spectrum disorder.
Online. 500+ members. Founded 1999. Support for those parenting a child with autism. Deals with the day-to-day joys and challenges.
Online. 15,000+ members. Founded 1998. Discussion forum for parents of children on the autism spectrum who are avoiding gluten and casein and other substances in their children's diets.
National. Resource. Started in 2005 by grandparents of a child with autism. Provides online information on local community support groups by state for parents of children with autism. After entering one's state, scroll down to 'Community and Support Network' heading, and click on 'Support Group' listings.
1060 State Rd, 2nd Fl.
Princeton, NJ 08540
National. 103 affiliates. Founded 1965. Dedicated to improving the lives of anyone affected by autism. Provides information and support through its network of affiliates. Offers advocacy, resource information, and national conference.
Autism Society of America
4340 East-West Hwy #350
Bethesda, MD 20814
International. 15 chapters. Founded 2006. Organization run by and for Autistic persons. Provides support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum. Educates communities. Speakers' bureau. Supports research, education and other opportunities for people with autism to engage with others on the autism spectrum.
PO Box 66122
Washington, DC 20035
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