Resources


Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Autism Site
The NICHD, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is one of the primary Institutes doing research into various aspects of autism. This site provides access to current information about NICHD research projects, publications, news releases, and other activities related to autism and similar disorders.

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is a national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues, with a special focus on children and youth (birth to age 22).

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Their mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through five) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national organization that oversees all licensed professionals within the fields of speech pathology and audiology. ASHA provides information on communication disorders from infancy through adulthood to professionals, students, and the general public. The site also has a referral service so that individuals can gain access to qualified speech language pathologists and audiologists.

American Occupational Therapy Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the nationally recognized professional association for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Occupational therapists work with individuals with a variety of conditions and disorders in a wide range of practice settings. The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public.

American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is the national professional organization representing physical therapists. APTA’s goal is to further the profession's role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public.

Autism Society of America
The Autism Society of America is the largest organization on autism in the United States. This site provides general information on autism along with information on resources, events, advocacy and research throughout the US.

Center for Autism and Related Disorders
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides services to individuals with autism and their families throughout the state of Florida. This site provides information on CARD services at Florida State University, as well as at five other locations throughout the state.

Autism Society of Florida
The Autism Society of Florida, an affiliate of the Autism Society of America, gives up-to-date information on issues and activities pertinent to autism throughout Florida.

Treatment and Education of Autistic & Related Communication Handicapped Children
This site provides information on the TEACCH program located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The philosophy of this program is one where the focus is placed on the person with autism and the development of a program is created around this person's skills, interests, and needs.

First Words Project
The First Words Project, a model early identification and intervention program based in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University, is funded to evaluate the communication development of children from 6 to 24 months of age in Leon County. First Words also develops educational materials for training of healthcare and childcare providers to build their capacities for earlier detection of communication problems in young children.

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
Zero to Three is a national organization that provides information to families and professionals on various aspects of typical development in infants and toddlers.

Autism Speaks
The number one site for up to date information on autism.

First Signs: Early Identification and Intervention
First Signs, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and physicians about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders.

Positive Beginnings: Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behavior
This site describes the Positive Beginnings Project at Florida State University. In this project, instructional modules are being developed, evaluated and disseminated to educators who support young children with challenging behavior.

Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services
Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services (TaCTICS) is an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education Grant. TaCTICS shares tools that have been found helpful in skillfully navigating the path toward provision of Part C Services using the child/family's daily routines, activities, and events as a context for assessment and intervention.

Autism: The Hidden Epidemic?
The number of U.S. children diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed in the past decade, causing widespread concern and confusion. As families struggle to cope with the disorder, MSNBC and NBC News look at the issues surrounding autism, the theories behind its dramatic increase and the latest treatments.

AccessComputing
The goal of the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing) is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in computing fields

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology
DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.