Fortunately, there are many great organizations out there that help research autism and provide services for people on the spectrum, their families, and professionals who provide services. These are organizations that I find particularly helpful.
Launched in 2005, Autism Speaks has since become the leading autism resource website. Their primary missions include funding autism research, increasing the awareness of autism, and advocacy for individuals with autism.
Phone: (888) 288-4762
Autism Society of America (ASA)
The nation’s leading grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism.
Phone: (301) 657-0881
Health Mavens provides scientific, professional, and consumer reviews regarding autism treatments and providers. It brings transparency to autism interventions and helps individuals make better decisions about their or their family member’s care.
Phone: (855) 488-6556
Koegel Autism Center
Located at University of California, Santa Barbara the Koegel Autism Center is one of the leading research and treatment centers for autism. In fact, some of the most innovative treatments have been developed here including Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Every summer the Koegel Autism Center holds a PRT Conference for autism professionals around the world. The Koegel Autism Center played a pivotal role in helping me develop the skills necessary to graduate from UCSB. There I worked with Dr. Robert Koegel and his wife, Dr. Lynn Koegel, as part of a pilot program to see what individuals with autism needed to graduate successfully from a four year university.
Phone: (805) 893-2049
Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the 1960s as a backyard camp, the Special Olympics have become an internationally recognized organization. The Special Olympics supports healthy competition among those with developmental or physical disabilities by hosting competitions around the world. I put them here because the Special Olympics is a great organization for people looking to volunteer to help people with special needs.
Phone: (202) 824-0227
The Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC)
Founded in 1997, SARRC is dedicated to advancing knowledge of autism and providing support to those afflicted by autism. SARRC provides support to people of all ages from early childhood to adulthood and is dedicated to helping all autistic individuals live rich fulfilling lives. Dr. Daniel Openden, CEO and President of SARRC, was a PhD student UCSB and a clinician at the Koegel Autism Center who worked with me from Middle School through my senior year of high school.
Phone: (602) 340-8717
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
Founded in 1949 by Leonard Goldenson and his wife Isabel, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) provides services and advocacy to adults and children with disabilities. The mission of UCP is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizanship of people with disabilities through its many chapters. In March 2015, United Cerebral Palsy Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties honored me with recognition in their Facebook post for Autism Awareness Day.
Phone: (800) 872-5827