Autism is defined by the presence of difficulties in three areas: social deficits, communication problems and repetitive or restricted behaviors, with an onset in at least one area by age three. It may or may not be associated with language delays or intellectual disability.
It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism (and one in every 42 boys), making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. An estimated 1.5 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide are affected by autism.
Below is a compiled list of resources for autism. Please click on a resource link for more information.
AFAM is a coalition of individuals, families and organizations from across the state advocating on behalf people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – including PDD and Asperger’s, with the goal of forming a collective voice in support of legislation, funding, and public awareness around ASD. Many of the organizations listed below are also members of AFAM.
The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome and similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy, all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.
The National Autism Resource and Information Center – A collaboration hosted by The Arc
Concentrated resources on the definition, diagnosis, and treatment of autism, as well as support.
Resources, systems advocacy, and detailed information, especially about the signs and diagnosis of autism
Advocates For Autism has put together a list of links based on different areas in Massachusetts.
Autism is a complex condition with many different definitions. Simply understanding autism and where your child falls on the spectrum is the first step in learning to communicate with your autistic child. The better you understand your child, the easier it will be to find solutions and treatment options.
The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people and families living with autism.
We are dedicated to increasing the awareness of autism and the unique challenges of families who are faced with it everyday. Our commitment is to support these families by helping them find the resources they need and by funding advocacy programs as well as educational, therapeutic and recreational opportunities.