Frequently Asked Questions about Special Needs Trusts

James McCarten from the Special Needs Alliance provides an overview of special needs trusts.

Back to School

As family members, we all want our loved ones to be in an educational environment that allows them to thrive – one that makes them feel safe, accepted and included.

Service Learning

Through service learning projects, young individuals from kindergarten to college use what they learn in the classroom to solve real life problems. This also allows them use practical applications to become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service that they perform.

Better Living Through Prosthetic Brain Parts

The following excerpt is from “Navigating College: A Handbook on Self-Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults.” This handbook, produced by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and the Autism NOW Center, offers tips and suggestions about various issues that people with autism and other developmental disabilities may encounter in college.


Take a few minutes today to reflect on what you are proud of in your life. And don’t be shy – share your story with someone else.

Outstanding Advocate of the Year

This is an award that means a lot to me because it is proof that all my hard work and dedication to my profession has paid off, and that individuals do appreciate me.

Ten Commandments of Parents with Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Mari Nosal demonstrates her pride as a parent by sharing 10 ways that others can effectively support and interact with individuals with autism and their families.


As self-advocates and family-advocates what does independence mean to you?

Identity Theft

This article is intended to inform you of what identity theft is, precautions you may take to prevent it and what to do if it happens to you. These recommendations can help you maintain your independence.

From the Director: Welcome to the Family

Greetings to everyone in the Autism NOW Center family. My name is Karen Wolf-Branigin and I recently joined The Arc of the U.S. as the Director of the Autism NOW Center. It has been my pleasure to meet the people that make the Autism NOW Center a leading, national autism resource and information center and share with you about what we have planned for the future.