Autism Society of Austin
The Autism Society’s main goal is to improve the lives of those affected by autism in the Central Texas Austin area. They provide local support groups and help to be the voice for autism in Texas legislation. They host sponsored events such as pool parties, picnics and outings. The Autism Society also sponsors workshops for parents, educators and professionals.
Association for Science in Autism Treatment
The ASAT’s website is a great resource for research summaries on an array of autism treatments to providing families and professionals with information to make informed choices on which treatment is right for them. They have a Facebook page of over 8,000 fans that is engaging and active for all members. Specific resources for parents of newly diagnosed children, medical providers and journalist are also offered.
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism and science advocacy organization. They are dedicated to funding research, increasing awareness and providing needs to all affected by autism. On their website they provide autism apps, an autism response team, community outreaches, grants, and a large resource library. Research and advocacy projects are continuously updated.
National Autism Center
NAC’s mission is to provide leadership and evidence-based research to families, policymakers and organizations. They provide comprehensive services for families and individuals by qualified scholars and therapist. NAC wants to help shape a national dialogue through expertise and knowledge on all autism topics.
Texas Parent to Parent
The heart of TxP2P is the parent-to-parent peer support model. Parents volunteer to provide support and information to other parents. The parent-to-parent model has been developed by and for parents to address the powerful emotions, new responsibilities, stress and isolation that parents and families face in caring for a child with special health care needs. Parent-to-parent support sustains parents as they develop the skills to manage the new demands on their families and themselves and to advocate effectively for their children.
Schafer Autism Report
SAR is one of the most comprehensive autism publication today. They monitor all news sources, websites and research to provide important news and developments on all autism topics. Their subscribers will receive up to three emails a week.
Disability Rights Texas
Disability Right Texas is an agency dedicated to advocating and protecting citizens with disabilities. They provide help with transportation, housing, health care, voting rights and education.
Texas Project First
Texas Project First recommends strategies for students with autism and their parents. Their goal is to provide a foundation of resources so that children of all disabilities are able to group up fully participating in their school and home communities on the path to a bright future. Resources such as laws, rules, regulations, special education and parent training are provided.
National Professional Development Center
NPDC is a collaboration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Wisconsin and the MIND Institute. Their goal is to encourage evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and adults with autism. They provide evidence-based practices, their own model and many resources.
Navigate Life Texas
Navigate Life Texas’ website was created for families and parents of children with disabilities. It is designed to provide support, inspirations, services and resources. They touch on topics such as how to connect with other special needs parents, insurance help, and transition to adulthood.
Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Since 1974, ABAI has been the largest membership organization for those involved in any aspects of behavior analysis. They provide many services to its members including events, scholarly journals, special interest groups and access to affiliated chapters.
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)
APBA is a 501 nonprofit membership organization whose goal is to advocate and advance the science and teachings of applied behavior analysis. Members have access to many resources such as news articles, professional credentialing, steps to avoiding antitrust liabilities, health insurance navigation and other special articles.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
BACB is a nonprofit corporation established in 1998 to provide professional credentialing needs for behavior analysts, their patients and the government. Their mission is to protect consumers of behavior analysis services. They provide information about all of the possible behavior analysis certifications.