The mission of the Autism Society of Alabama is to improve the quality of life of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education, advocacy, and support. The Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) has been a volunteer organization directed by its Board of Directors for over 10 years. Between March 1997 and July 1997, members of ASA participated in a series of four "strategic planning" meetings. These meetings were held throughout the State of Alabama. Under the direction of a consultant, the strategic planning process helped the membership of the ASA to clarify its vision, mission, values and program goals. Members who participated in this planning process now have a sense of hope for the future and a strong commitment to work together to see their Mission and Vision become a reality. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families are the constituency served by ASA. For FY 98/99 funds were secured to allow the ASA to hire an Executive Director and to begin implementation of PROJECT ACTION and other initiatives proposed in the strategic plan. ASA continues to revistit he strategic plan and make changes to best serve the needs of persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.,who authored in late 1964, his book, Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior one of the first on autism. In 1968, Ruth Sullivan, Ph.D. became the organization’s first elected president. The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. Education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of research form the cornerstones of ASA's efforts to carry forth its mission.
Autism One is focused on education and information, covering a broad range of topics, for parents, family members, practitioners, educators, researchers, and others involved in the care, treatment, and recovery of children with autism. Autism One brings together practical and proven solutions, leading-edge models of treatment, the most recent research findings, reports from parents, and presentations from such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.
TUNE IN NOW! A Worldwide, Web-Based Radio Station for the Care, Treatment, and Recovery of Children with Autism Helping children with autism means providing parents, families, and professionals with the best information, practices, and education in the timeliest manner in the most useful format. Printed words are fine for a number of things: text works well when referencing materials, when reviewing known topics. Text is not the vehicle to reach and teach parents struggling with new and at times frightening issues and concepts. The answer is the spoken word. A voice conveys information, nuances, purpose and emphasis printed words cannot begin to capture. A voice is active; resonating with thought and emotion, turning ideas into understandable practice.
Developmental Delay Resources (DDR) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.
Dr. James Neubrander is a DAN! doctor in Edison, NJ. He is very familiar with treating autistic children, and his site offers various protocol information. Dr. Neubrander is also a board-certified Environmental Medicine physician and has dedicated most of his time and research to heavy metal detoxification and B12/folate biochemistry.
Visit this site to find out the mercury content of manufactured vaccines. Some vaccines have completely eliminated mercury from all production stages of the vaccine, while many still contain traces of mercury.
The mission of the Alabama Autism Assistance Program (AAAP) is to provide scholarships to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders to pay for behavioral therapy, consultation services, and biomedical interventions in the state of Alabama. AAAP wants to make these therapies accessible to every child who would benefit from them.
Mitchell's Place is a caring, supportive, family-oriented treatment center that serves individuals throughout Alabama whose lives have been touched with Autism Spectrum Disorder. At Mitchell's Place, we believe that every individual should have the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. Therefore, it is the goal of Mitchell's Place to optimize the social and academic potential of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In meeting this goal, we will provide diagnostic services, treatment, and education, as well as family and community support, through a collaborative approach, utilizing the most current and proven treatment strategies.
The mission of the National Autism Association is to advocate, educate, and empower. We will advocate on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We will raise public and professional awareness of autism spectrum disorders. We will empower those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential.
Autism spectrum disorders are complex and often difficult to understand for families and professionals alike. The National Autism Association is here to offer information and support to everyone affected by this rapidly growing disorder. There are numerous hypothesized theories on autism's cause including genetics, environmental, and vaccinations. The National Autism Association will provide the most current research and information available, and will help to fund critical research needed to find the cause.
TACA holds monthly meetings in many locations throughout the United States that feature educational speakers on important topics and allow family members to connect with one another and stay on top of the latest information in the autism world. Each TACA group maintains a resource library of the latest autism books and tapes that can be checked out by members at no charge. Visit our Events Calendar or the above link for upcoming chapter meetings and event information.
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.
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 35,000 detailed case histories of autistic children from over 60 countries. The founder and director of ARI is Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on
autism and the father of a high-functioning autistic son. Dr. Rimland is the author of the prize-winning book Infantile Autism, and the founder of the Autism Society of America. He served as chief technical advisor on the film Rain Man. He has earned many awards for his work.