The Autism Consortium

The Autism Consortium sparks rapid advances in understanding of autism by fostering collaboration among families, researchers, clinicians, and donors. Their mission is to improve the care of children and families affected by autism and other neurological disorders. The Autism Consortium believes that the answer is a powerful combination of families and researchers, working together in a focused effort to break barriers and get results. They bring hope and help to families struggling with autism spectrum disorders. They are grounded in the belief that when great scientists put their minds together, they will make more progress more rapidly than they would working alone.

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http://www.autismconsortium.org/

Art Therapy and Autism

There are a bunch of different kinds of therapies that are available to people who are on the autism spectrum. Given that individuals with autism are so visually oriented, one of the most popular types is art therapy. Autistic people struggle with communication so traditional psychotherapy isn’t always beneficial for them and art therapy gives them a way to express their feelings and experiences without having to literally articulate it. Art therapy is basically the therapeutic use of art making to improve personal development. The actual forms of art can be anything—painting, sculpture, drawing, you name it. Instead of trying to tell someone what they’re feeling they have the ability to draw it or paint it. People with autism can often get frustrated with their inability to communicate what they’re feeling or experiencing so these exercises are very therapeutic for them. The task to create a piece of art has been proven to help autistic people focus in on that one task and really get satisfaction out of creating something and take pride in it.

Athletes 4 Autism

Athletes 4 Autism is a program dedicated to helping all of its participants to learn, listen and lead. Learn how to make friends and ask to play with a group, learn the rules of the game and new sport skills and learn coordination and balance. Listen to friends and teammates, understand body language and take direction from coaches. To lead by standing up to bullying, encouraging teamwork and inviting kids with challenges to play with them. They want every A4A kid to learn how to explain autism to someone who doesn’t understand itThey believe that the more people understand autism, the more people will see how much there is to appreciate in the lifetime diagnosis, and the more people will contribute to the needs of the autism community.

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http://www.athletes-4-autism.org/

Beacon Services

Beacon ABA Services is a private group practice of behavior analysts, behavioral therapists and specialized therapists organized to provide intensive behavioral/instructional services to individuals with disabilities.  This practice specializes in evidence-based treatment to young children with autism. Beacon’s mission is to increase a child’s personal, academic and behavioral independence.  They do this by focusing on building a child’s academic, social communication and adaptive skills.  By teaching critical learning skills, Beacon promotes growth and reduces challenges experienced by children with ASD, their families and schools.

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http://www.beaconservices.org/

The Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia (ACE)

The Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia is a database of information obtained through decades of research conducted by The New England Center for Children (NECC), a leader in the fields of ABA and autism. The NECC is an education center that specializes in autism. The ACE includes assessment tools, lesson plans, teaching materials, and student performance reports for over 1,300 skills drawn from the curriculum used at NECC. Every lesson plan within the ACE can be customized to the learning profile of the individual student being taught.

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http://www.acenecc.org/

Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM)

Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts is an advocacy group that strives to assure the human and civil rights of individuals of all ages across the entire Autism Spectrum and promotes the availability of essential supports so that they may live fully and enjoy the same opportunities as other citizens of Massachusetts. AFAM aims to speak in one voice to build the capacity of their communities to welcome, fully include and support people with autism.

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http://afamaction.org/

The Evergreen Center

The Evergreen Center is an integrated learning and living environment where students with autism can achieve their maximum potential. Evergreen students live in group-homes in local communities, supported by a caring and knowledgeable staff.  Each day they travel to and from school, and in their free time shop, bank, dine, participate in recreation and socialize in the community. The Center understands the obstacles that students with developmental, medical and behavioral needs encounter, and believes that the achievement of social competence is a reliable predictor of a student’s successful adjustment to a lifestyle centered in community participation.

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http://evergreenctr.org/

The Autism Research Foundation

The Autism Research Foundation is the first medically credited autism research nonprofit organization. The foundation’s founder, Dr. Bauman, was the first researcher to discover the anatomical differences between a typical brain and a brain with autism. When Dr. Bauman made her discover, funding for autism research was nonexistent. The Autism Research Foundation team networks with parents, teachers, researchers, and caregivers throughout the year to learn the best ways to help everyone understand and appreciate autism.

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http://theautismresearchfoundation.org/

MGH Aspire

Aspire is dedicated to providing children, teens, and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and related Autism Spectrum Disorders with the knowledge and skills necessary to make social connections and develop independence. Aspire’s approach is to teach social skills, life skills and other behavioral strategies within a small-group setting. They take a collaborative approach and strive to work closely with parents, teachers, providers and others involved in the person’s team. Aspire aims to meet the needs of underserved communities in the metro Boston area.

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http://www2.massgeneral.org/youthcare/index.html

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

The CARD I and CARD II programs feature a comprehensive and breakthrough curriculum that can be tailored to the specific needs of individuals ranging from birth to 21 years of age. These programs help children learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives. The staff includes PhDs, licensed psychologists, speech and language pathologists, masters-level supervisors, social workers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, and marriage and family therapists. They are committed to helping all of their children achieve their fullest potential.

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http://www.centerforautism.com/