This webpage by the Massachusetts Department of Education states the current federal definition of autism and provides additional Massachusetts and national organizations and resources related to autism and special education.
Here, the United States CDC compiles answers to some frequently asked questions about Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is a helpful resource for parents looking to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and answer some questions they may have. The page was last reviewed in 2019, so date-specific information should be double-checked.
This resource sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education discusses how autistic students can be better supported during remote learning. It is an ideal resource for caregivers seeking to provide more structure at home while their autistic student engages in remote learning. The guide is from 2020 and highlights problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, so date-sensitive and pandemic-specific information should be double-checked.
This site offers tons of free speaker videos from experts in the field sharing insight into specific parts of PBIS. Topics range from PBIS Implementation in Rural Settings to sitting in on teams as they discuss PBIS implementation. This site is ideal for educators who are familiar with PBIS and want to learn more about niche topics of interest.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for people with autism. ASAN’s activities include public policy advocacy, the development of autistic cultural activities, and leadership trainings for autistic self-advocates. ASAN also provides information about autism, disability rights, and systems change to the public.
This page provides a detailed guide for educators seeking to create a more inclusive and supportive classroom environment for autistic students. There are additional resources for educators interested in exploring the topic further. The page was last updated in 2020, so date-specific information should be confirmed.
The Autism Project offers numerous trainings and workshops for caregivers and educators to create more supportive environments for autistic students. Some workshops are free of charge while others have a small fee.
This guide by the Child Mind Institute compiles comprehensive information on autism, including the details of diagnosis, behavioral interventions, and more. It is a great resource for caregivers wanting to take a deeper look at autism and how to better support their child. The Child Mind Institute uses evidence-based interventions and shares research-backed information.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research provides a detailed, step-by-step guide for parents to be supportive advocates for their autistic children. The site includes other related articles for caregivers looking to take a deeper dive into autism support and research. The page was last updated in 2020, so date-specific information should be confirmed. See https://www.carautismroadmap.org/ for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research.
This peer-reviewed article explores how identity and culture influences the mental health of autistic adolescents. It is a great read for caregivers and educators seeking to better support autistic students as they explore their identity. [citation: Cresswell, L., & Cage, E. (2019). 'Who Am I?': An Exploratory Study of the Relationships Between Identity, Acculturation and Mental Health in Autistic Adolescents. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 49(7), 2901–2912. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04016-x]