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American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 72,000 members. Its goal is to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA)
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. Current AOTA membership is approximately 36,000, including occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Members reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and internationally. AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational therapy services; improving consumer access to health care services, and promoting the professional development of members. AOTA educates the public and advances the profession by providing resources, setting standards, and serving as an advocate to improve health care. AOTA is based in Bethesda, MD.
Autism Collaboration
Autism Collaboration brings together the most experienced autism advocacy organizations in the country. The autism community needs a new research paradigm that embraces the knowledge and expertise of parents who live with this disease on a daily basis. The A+ Research Initiative would serve to inform, solicit, review and fund autism research initiatives following the guiding principal of helping the most kids the most quickly!
Autism Research Institute
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI was founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism. ARI also disseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide seeking help. The ARI data bank, the world's largest, contains over 40,000 detailed case histories of autistic children from over 60 countries.
Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is committed to the health and well-being of all children. As such, we support the programs that ensure the public health, including an effective and safe immunization program designed to prevent major diseases. Immunization programs have been very effective in reducing mortality, morbidity and costs associated with common childhood diseases. Today's parents no longer need to worry that once dreaded diseases like polio and smallpox could be threats to their children. Autism Speaks is mobilizing the scientific community and engaging broad scientific expertise, including experts in genetics, neuroscience, and immunology. We are working diligently with officials in our government to address the questions that parents have through both basic and clinical research. We believe this to be the most effective course of action toward creating meaningful change.
Autism Society of America (ASA)
The Autism Society, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Autism Today
Autism Today is the largest autism resource online and one of the leading autism and Aspergers resource distributor in the world. With over fifty world-renowned speakers, authors and presenters, and more to come, we bring the best of the best to everyone seeking information. Since our company's inception, we have secured exclusive distributorships for several autism-related publishing houses and product manufacturers.
The Center for Autism & Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD)
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. (CARD) diligently maintains a reputation as one of the world's largest and most experienced organizations effectively treating children with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and related disorders. Following the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we develop individualized treatment plans for your child. We are proud to provide autism services around the globe.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Foundation's mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism.
Families for Early Autism Treatment
Families for Early Autism Treatment, Inc. (FEAT) is a non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals, designed to help families with children of all ages who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and Aspergers's Disorder (AS). It offers a network of support where families can meet each other to discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options. FEAT has a Board of Directors that meets monthly to discuss issues, establish priorities, and vote on the direction of the organization.
Generation Rescue
Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists and physicians researching the causes and treatments for autism, ADHD and chronic illness, while parent-volunteers mentor thousands of families in recovering their children.
Geneva Center for Autism
Geneva Centre for Autism is an international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training. We offer a wide range of clinical services which are determined individually for each person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All of our clinical services are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of trained, experienced and empathic professionals including speech-language pathologists, behavior analysts, therapists, early childhood educators, occupational therapists, developmental pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. In addition, our staffing team is supported by a Professional Advisory Council which is composed of world-renowned clinicians, blending their expertise with ours. Consequently, Geneva Centre for Autism is able to provide the highest quality of clinical service to our clients.
Hannah & Friends
Hannah & Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with special needs. The organization provides support for a program called Hannah's Helping Hands, which funds quality of life grants for Indiana, including the greater Michigan area, New York, and Rhode Island families that care for children and adults with special needs. The grants provide low and moderate-income families with stipends that may be used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member. The organization provides funding for the construction and ongoing operations of a farm where residential homes will provide a community for adults with special needs. The organization fosters an ongoing campaign of "Awareness & Compassion" for all individuals with special needs. Individuals with special needs deserve the same respect as everyone else and it is our mission to educate others who do not understand this mindset.
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 15,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities. The state and local affiliates, through their affiliation with the national LDA, work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them.
Maap Services, Inc.
MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of more advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).
National Autism Association
The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We will educate society that autism is not a lifelong incurable genetic disorder but one that is biomedically definable and treatable. We will raise public and professional awareness of environmental toxins as causative factors in neurological damage that often results in an autism or related diagnosis. We will encourage those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential, funding efforts toward this end through appropriate research for finding a cure for the neurological damage from which so many affected by autism suffer.
Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) was created in December 2001-the product of the shared vision and unique life experiences of OAR's seven founders. Led by these parents and grandparents of children and adults on the autism spectrum, OAR set out to use applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily. No other autism organization has this singular focus.
PediaPlex Diagnostic & Developmental Solutions
Conveniently located in one location, PediaPlex provides all-inclusive assessment, diagnosis and therapeutic services for children and adolescents. Physicians and therapy providers are then better able to provide coordinated treatment plans for their patients. Parents experience a peace of mind that comes with knowing all disciplines are working together on an individualized treatment plan for their child.
Pixels
"We're about your images"
Photography, parties, video services and more.
The Safety Sleeper
The Safety Sleeper is a fully Enclosed and Portable bed frame system designed by the mother of an autistic child. The easy to use zippered enclosure keeps your sleeper safe in his/her own bed and prevents them from unattended wandering. This gives your sleeper the freedom to wind down and go to sleep on their own and gives you the peace of mind knowing they are safely tucked in to bed for the night.
S.I. Focus Magazine
Our Purpose: To inspire families and professionals to become more aware of how to improve sensory processing in our environments. We strive to enlighten individuals on how to recognize, assess and recover from sensory deficits in every stage of development. We share the latest research, ideas and experiences in a practical, clear, easy to understand format that motivates our readers to make educated decisions for themselves and their families. We inspire positive changes in their lifestyle, resulting in an improved quality of life for both adults and children. Our editorial content guides people to sources of high-quality products and information. The content of this magazine should not be used as medical advice. Products, suggestions, services or websites contained in this publication are offered to share information, ideas and awareness. They are not intended to replace the consultation, evaluation or recommendations of a qualified health care professional for any individual.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center's (SARRC) mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed research, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about autism. Through integrative research, educational outreach, model programs and collaborative initiatives, SARRC sets forth, promotes and facilitates best practices for early intervention and the long-term care of individuals with ASDs.
Talk Autism
TalkAutism is a communication service shared by many organizations to access a common database of resource directories, distance learning library, and special message boards.
WebRevelation
WebRevelation has been involved in web design since 1997. Since then our experiences have led us to a strong understanding of the potential of the Internet and how to create the most effective and efficient sites geared to meet any client's needs. Whether you're a startup looking to create your first online presence or an established organization looking for ways to exploit the growing functionality of the Internet, WebRevelation.com offers a full range of Web development and marketing services that can help grow your business.

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