There are so many autism resources available on the net, but how do you find the ones that are reliable and useful? Whether you're a teacher, parent or a health professional- you can find an autism website on this list that's right for you.
Innovative programs for people with autism
A comprehensive website on autism that caters to the needs of parents, professionals, people with autism, and advocates. It provides information and local contacts for each of these groups of people. The website also has a good collection of information on living with autism – including real life stories. The Autism Society organizes activities and conferences for people with autism and their families and in association with AMC Entertainment provides an opportunity for people with autism to enjoy movies at the theater. These are called sensory friendly films and you can find a sensory friendly screening in your area through this website.
Autism Hand in Hand
Autism Activity resource for teachers
This website may not be as visually attractive as some of the others, but it houses a hidden treasure of resources for special education teachers working with autism students. There are plenty of different activities that are useful to teach various skills to children with autism. The site has a collection of songs and flash cards and picture stories that can be printed out and used. The user will also find a superb collection of ideas for reinforcement for children with autism.
Ideas and teaching strategies for teachers
This is another great website for teachers of children with autism. It has a number of educational resources, activities and ideas which are well categorized. You can learn from the tried and tested techniques of other teachers and you can contact and interact with the teachers who created this website.
Autism Research Institute
Good discussion forum for parents
This autism website has a good collection of informative articles with sections specifically for families, educators, care providers and ASD individuals. For inspiration and encouragement there are plenty of success stories, and if you want to keep up-to-date with autism research there is news about conferences and workshops. Autism.com also has a discussion group that parents can join.
Expert advice for your personal autism related issues
This website claims to have the largest collection of autism research resources online. There is a huge collection of articles on every area of autism diagnosis, intervention and management. The best part about this website is that it has a section where you can submit questions to different autism experts and read other people’s questions and answers. This organization focuses on teaching and educating people about autism and has several conferences, tele-classes and audio classes available.
Autism awareness campaign resources
Are you planning an autism awareness campaign? Do take a look at this website and their collection of toolkits and publications on autism that can be downloaded. These have been designed to help people raise public awareness and conduct workshops.
Link to other parents and local resources
This is the place to go if you are a parent who wants to connect with other parents. It’s also a great resource to help you find local autism resources. There is information about service providers for every state in the United States and a mentor program where parents who have just had a child diagnosed with autism can find more experienced parents who can help them through their journey.
The author does not have any affiliation to any of these websites. Moreover, she is aware that there may be many more useful autism websites that she has not come across or cannot be covered within the scope of this article.