This article offers suggestions for families of young children with autism and other developmental disabilities that are in the process of transitioning from one grade to the next. It also provides tips that parents can use to help ease the impact of transitioning to a new school.
View the Article – The Autism Society: School Transitions in the Elementary Grades
This handbook, produced by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network with support from the Autism NOW Center, offers an introduction to the autistic community and is a valuable resource for newly-diagnosed individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). It addresses the most common questions that people may have about their new diagnosis; examines differences and similarities between people with ASD and people without ASD; and discusses the reasons why autistic experience, advocacy and people are important to the world as a whole.
This booklet is available at two reading levels: Adolescent (intended for those at or around a 6th grade reading level) and Adult.
This data brief reveals differences in individuals with and without autism spectrum disorder in regards to demographics, medical/psychological information, services received and supports needed. It also briefly discusses differences in outcomes such as decision-making, relationships, community inclusion and more. The information in this brief comes from results of the 2008-2009 National Core Indicators Consumer Survey Report.
View the Report – NCI Data Brief: What does NCI Tell Us About People with Autism? – An Update
This organization is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. It offers certification, continuing education, and professional development; develops assistive technology standards; promotes research and public policy; and sponsors forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
View the Website – Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
This website provides thousands of resources and tools for research, policy-making and program development relating to home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities and older Americans. This information can be browsed by state and topic.
View the Website – The Clearinghouse for Home and Community Based Services
National Core Indicators (NCI) is a program that works to establish indicators that measure the performance and progress toward change and improvement in systems of support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. This website contains publications, data reports, and other resources for professionals, self-advocates and family members to use as tools of reference.
View the Website – National Core Indicators (NCI)
This report provides statistics on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) receiving residential and Medicaid-funded services in the United States. In great detail, it covers current populations and longitudinal trends of state residential settings; characteristics and movement of residents of large state facilities; services provided by state and nonstate agencies; utilization of and expenditures of Medicaid Institutional and Home and Community Based services. Profiles of trends in state residential services for each state are also included in this report.
View the Report – Residential Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities: Status and Trends Through 2010
The Alliance for Full Participation contains a network of member organizations that work to promote inclusion, integration, productivity, independence and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Through events and initiatives, it advocates for a policy and social agenda in support of full participation, specifically in the areas of employment.
View the Website – Alliance for Full Participation
The Web Accessibility Initiative works to provide strategies, guidelines, and resources to make the web accessible to people with disabilities. This page offers general information about web accessibility, why it is important, ways to make a website accessible, and links to tools for evaluating accessibility.
View the Webpage – Web Accessibility Initiative: Introduction to Web Accessibility
NACDD is a national organization that supports State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities in protecting and promoting the rights and interests of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Through ITACC, it administers technical assistance to its network of Councils and provides a platform to share information. This website contains a Council Directory, which allows families to search and access information about their state’s Developmental Disabilities Council.
View the Website – Information and Technical Assistance Center for Councils on Developmental Disabilities (ITACC)