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Autism Spectral Disorder

New Jersey Organizations

Autism Family Services of New Jersey
AFSNJ provides family support services to the autism population in connection with the New Jersey State Department of Developmental Disabilities. They organize after school programs and recreational trips to provide a place for young people with autism to interact with art, crafts, music, and each other.

Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN NJ)
This website houses numerous resources on Asperger Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASPEN NJ’s features include a description of Asperger Syndrome, current news articles relating to the condition, and links to publishing houses that specialize in ASDs.

The Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School
The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey maintains this resource. They conduct research on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and provide treatment & outreach services for individuals with ASDs.

Autism New Jersey
Autism New Jersey is a non-profit organization that supports autism research and services for the autistic community. Autism New Jersey sponsors statewide events relating to autism, and its website lists support groups operating in many NJ counties. The website also explores government services and advocacy options for parents, and it lists developmental benchmarks for autistic people of all ages.

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC)
This non-profit organization concentrates on providing services to autistic children, their families, and medical professionals. It also offers training for teachers, parents, law enforcement, and emergency services personnel on how to work with people suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorders. Finally, the website's "Resources" section contains information on effective educational methods, including Applied Behavior Analysis, Direct Instruction, Precision Teaching, and American Sign Language.

National Organizations

The Autism Society of America (ASA)
The ASA’s website provides an in-depth description of autism, and it lists diagnosis details, treatment options, educational opportunities, and an “Autism 101” primer.  In addition, it has a searchable regional directory where parents can find organizations and professionals that will serve people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks raises funds for autism research, and the organization works to raise public awareness of autism.  Their website posts articles written by autistic people, and it gives tips on how to cope with autism.  This site also lists volunteer efforts happening nationwide, and provides links to news articles and research reports.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Autism
This CDC-funded website gives a great overview of autism, and it specifically addresses hypothesized causes of the disorder.  It outlines the CDC’s autism-related research projects, and includes information on the Brick Township autism cluster.  The website also has specific resources for children, families, and researchers.

Other Resources

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The New Jersey DVRS assists individuals with disabilities find and maintain employment. Their services include counseling and guidance, placement services, job-seeking skills, supported employment, job coaching, skills training, college training, physical and emotional restoration services, driver training, vehicle and home modifications. Services are provided for little or no cost to qualified individuals.

Neighbours Inc.
Neighbours, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping individuals become productive, happy, and healthy members of their community. Neighbour's advisors provide support in the following areas: preparing a budgetary plan for submission to the NJ-DDD; creating a person-centered plan that helps individuals realize and reach their goals; connect individuals with a support circle; identify community connections; and more.

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
The NJ-DDD funds services for individuals with disabilities. These services are provided by over 280 agencies in the state and include case-management, day and residential services, family supports, and even self-directed services.

Autism Key
Autism Key is a website created by and intended for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  It has some noteworthy features such as a video library and a section for current news stories.  Autism Key also includes a message board for parents and individuals on the spectrum.  Finally, this website has a free Friend Finder that allows people to connect with parents and family members of autistic children in their area.

The Autism Network for Dietary Intervention
There is a growing interest among members of the ASD community in using diet as a way of regulating these conditions.  This website provides help and support for families using a gluten & casein free diet in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The Autism Network for Dietary Intervention includes sections on news, practitioners, studies, and a parent support page.

This resource is maintained entirely by parent-volunteers.  It includes sections on diet, teaching methods, news, and conferences that parents & professionals can attend.  AutismWeb also links to a message board and bookstore.

Avoiding Unfortunate Situations
This website is a quick reference guide on how people with autism can avoid harmful police encounters.  It was created by Dennis Debbaudt, a law enforcement professional who has had a great deal of experience working with autism advocacy organizations.

Manitas por Autismo
Este recurso en español contiene unidade para platicar al igual temas informativos y mucho más.


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