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Autism Resources for Parents – The Ultimate New Guide

Are you looking for Autism Resources to help you and your child? With its vast amount of data and accessibility, the Internet has become a powerful tool in the search for up-to-date information. Chances are, however, you don’t have the extra time needed to filter the infinite amount of autism resources and information as you balance daily life.

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The Ultimate New Guide to Autism Resources for Parents

Autism resources for parents our ultimate new guide includes editors picks of top articles, websites and directory resources that you need to know.

Disability Resources

If you are looking for information to promote an inclusive workforce and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, please visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) homepage. To find additional disability information, we recommend using publicly available search engines and visiting the following links.

Disability Scoop - Developmental Disability News

The national developmental disability news site covering autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disability and more.

Learn about the cost of projects in the Disability Accommodation category.

HomeAdvisor's Disability Accommodation Cost Guide offers price information on disability renovation projects, as reported by HomeAdvisor customers. Learn the costs of ramps, doorways, elevators, and more.

New & Notable

The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) is one of six centers within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CMCS serves as the focal point for all national program policies and operations related to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Operation Autism | Support & Resources for Military Families

Operation Autism directly supports U.S. military families touched by autism and autism spectrum disorders. It serves as an introduction to autism, a guide for the life journey with autism, and a ready reference for available resources, services, and support.

The Best Activities for Special Needs

Experts in several special needs areas recommend especially beneficial extracurricular activities.

How to Take the Worry Out of Appointments with Your ASD Child - Autism Parenting Magazine

Do you dread taking your child with ASD to the dentist? Is a trip to get a haircut out of the question?
Try using the 3 P’s: Pretend, Practice, and Pair to take the sting out of necessary outings. With a little time and preparation, kids on the spectrum of all ages and skill levels can learn to tolerate these and other difficult appointments.

LEGO® Therapy: How to Build Connections with Autism - One Brick at a Time - Autism Parenting Magazine

Invented by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the family owned LEGO® Group was founded in 1932, much to the delight of millions of children and adults throughout the world. What we recognize as the modern day LEGO® brick was introduced in 19581.  LEGO® combines two Danish words. “leg godt,” which means play well1. The fundamental premise of LEGO® Therapy is to do just that. So, let’s get our bricks on and talk about LEGO® Therapy through the lens of occupational therapy.

Let's Party: Celebrating without the Stress - Autism Parenting Magazine

Birthday parties are so much fun for children and such a big part of childhood. But to children with special needs, parties and many other social events can be overwhelming. To us adults, these parties are often stressful to organize and they take a vast amount of time, energy and money to engineer. As the mother of seven children, I have planned a few parties over the years.




We offer music therapy, family therapy, blogs, educational tools, products
and FREE songs, for families of children with special needs, primarily
autism in Los Angeles and Santa Monica area.

New Ways to Be Happy and Healthy While Parenting an ASD Child - Autism Parenting Magazine

Parenting a child on the autism spectrum can be very rewarding, however, it also comes with unique challenges. Some of the unique differences that parenting a child on the spectrum can bring are feelings of isolation due to anti-social behaviors that are often extreme and aggressive; the need for constant routine and daily repetitive tasks; communication challenges and the constant fight to advocate for our children within the education, legal and medical systems.  Our lives are often guided by our child’s needs and the truth is, as special parents, we need to have extra stamina and energy to keep up with these ongoing demands.

Using Lego and other visual supports to help Autistic children understand emotions

For many children on the autism spectrum, reading facial expressions is a daily struggle.  Is my teacher happy with me or irritated?  Is my sister worried or is she sad? Many children with autism can have a difficult time determining what other people are thinking and feeling, and because of this, struggle to partake in what neurotypical people may deem normal social interactions. One of the biggest misconceptions is that autistic individuals lack emotions. As most parents with children with autism will attest to, ASD children don’t necessarily lack emotions, they just have more difficulty identifying them. And when they can’t decipher basic social cues and communicate like their peers, the situation can become frustrating and a bit overwhelming.

Millions of Consumable Products for the Aerospace Industry.

Buy aircraft parts and supplies to get your airplane off the ground. As an aviation industrial supply company, we carry the best GSE and MRO products.

Top 10 Benefits of Organized Recreation Programs for Children with Autism - Autism Parenting Magazine

Organized recreational programs are a wonderful outlet to help children gain several different skills all while having fun.  A child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can gain the kind of skills that are beneficial to his or her everyday life from a specialized program.  Since most children with autism attend a variety of therapy sessions, these organized recreational programs can help enhance your child’s life. Here are the Top 10 benefits of organized recreation programs for children with autism:

34 Great Jobs for People with Disabilities

Explore the best jobs for people with physical, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities. Plus, find valuable tips for landing the job you want!

Core Issues

Housing & Residential Supports The numbers are staggering.

Can My Child Ever Learn to Live on His Own? - Autism Parenting Magazine

Parents often ask me “Can my child ever learn to live on his own?” The answer for many of these children is YES. The three main things that hold them back are:




Developing employment and vocational training strategies for special educators, job coaches, employers and job seekers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Helping Your Autistic Child Soar — An Exclusive Interview with Temple Grandin - Autism Parenting Magazine

Temple Grandin warmly recalls her days spent as a young girl growing up the youngest of three children.  As she affectionately describes the countless hours she spent outside experimenting with balsa wood toy gliders and reconfiguring kites for test runs behind her bicycle, Grandin paints a charming picture of life during simpler times.

Bridging the Gap for Adults with Special Needs

Fill-A-Need Foundation is an organization which is on a mission to help bridge the gap for adults with autism and other special needs

How Do I Know if My Child Needs a Guardian? - Autism Parenting Magazine

The question of Guardianship usually occurs around the 18th birthday, due to the fact that in most states the legal age of majority is 18. This means that an individual who attains the age of 18 no longer needs parental consent. This lack of parental consent equates to a lack of parental protection, as well.

National Council on Independent Living

In 2017, NCIL celebrates our 35th Anniversary. Over the past three decades, we have grown from a handful of advocates and the Centers they represent into a force of thousands of people with disabilities from Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs) in every state and territory of the U.S.

Workplace Opportunities For All People On The Spectrum - Autism Parenting Magazine

If you are the parent of a teenager with autism you may have already begun to think about what adulthood will bring for your child with respect to viable living options, access to necessary services and social opportunities. If you are the parent of a “high-functioning” teen, you may allow yourself to picture a future in which your adult child is employed.  Maybe you have read some of the recent well-publicized stories of major corporations benefitting from the loyalty, attention to detail and punctuality exhibited by many employees with Asperger’s syndrome. If, like me, you are the parent of a “low-functioning” non-verbal, stimming adolescent, you are not often encouraged to consider a future of meaningful and satisfying employment.