Impact Feature Issue on Supporting Success in School and Beyond for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Resources for Educators, Families, and Individuals with ASD

  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities . Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, and operated by the non-profit organization Academy for Educational Development, this clearinghouse has extensive information about research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), educating students with Autism, what Autism is, Spanish resources, ASD organizations, and commercial publishers.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders From A to Z. By Barbara Doyle and Emily Doyle Iland. A book and Web site offering practical tips for families and school personnel related to supporting students with ASD, from a parent and special educator perspective.
  • First Signs, Inc. First Signs educates parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals with the goal of improving screening and referral practices and lowering the age at which young children are identified with Autism and other developmental disorders. The Web site offers a variety of practical resources.
  • Organization for Autism Research. OAR uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, individuals with Autism, teachers, and caregivers confront daily. The Web site includes discussion forums, research, resources, a database of Autism organizations, and downloadable publications includingLife Journey Through Autism: An Educator’s Guide.
  • Skilled Dialogue: Strategies for Responding to Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood (2003). By Isaura Barrera with Robert Corso and Dianne Macpherson, and published by Paul H. Brookes Publishing. This book teaches practitioners how to use Skilled Dialogue – a field-tested model for respectful, reciprocal, and responsive interaction that honors cultural beliefs and values – to improve their relationships with the children and families they serve and better address developmental and educational goals.
  • Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Serving Families (2003). By D.L. Rogers-Adkinson et al. InFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities,vol.18, #1, published by PRO-ED. The article presents research-based techniques and practical ideas to facilitate increased competence of teachers in working with families of children with disabilities for whom English is not the first language.
  • Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories of College Students with Autism (2002). By Dawn Prince-Hughes. Published by Ohio University Press. A book written by college students who have Asperger’s Syndrome or high-functioning Autism, and who describe in their own words both the challenges they face and the gifts they can offer to enrich higher education.
  • Autism Society of America. ASA promotes education, awareness, and advocacy on critical issues for individuals with Autism. The Web site has information of use to individuals with ASD, family members, professionals, and advocates, including news, resources, events, and ASA chapters.