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Autism has impacted people all over the world. Autism Answers has information to share from here in the United States, and soon more from around the world. In the months to come, when you travel abroad, we will have information on services there also. We provide travel information on places and people who welcome and can assist children and adults with autism. In the past, social networking information was slow to be disseminated to the general public, however that has now changed, and with the speed of today’s internet many of the answers people seek, are there at the touch of a button.

As you travel, we encourage you to e-mail us, use face book, twitter, let us know and share your travel and living experiences. We are all in this together. Autism Answers will check and confirm the information as quickly as possible and share it with everyone. This is true about moving from one state to another. If you share information about experiences in your state when someone moves to that area, the information you share may expedite the process for them and rather than waste precious time, they can hit the ground running.

Whatever experiences and information you have to share, from your state, city, county, neighborhood…there will be other families that may benefit from the information. There is strength, friendship, and kindness in the connection between parents who have children with a diagnosis of autism. You have a sense of what others are going through, although our situation may be a little different, the fact is parents don’t have to be told everything, they simply understand so much about autism from their first hand experience.

As you check on the agencies shared on our website, feel free to let us know if they were helpful or if you found them to be insensitive. We look forward to hearing about your experiences and feedback. Click on a state for more info:

MASSACHUSETTS

Community Resources for People with Autism
Community Resources for People with Autism provides support, information and practical help for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families living in western Massachusetts.

Family TIES
Family TIES of Massachusetts is a statewide information and parent-to-parent support project for families of children with special needs and chronic illness. It is administered by parent coordinators housed in each of the regional offices of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation
Our primary goal is to promote awareness and support families affected by autism spectrum disorders. We are committed to funding organizations that provide direct services, family support grants, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities with the purpose of improving the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.

New England Index- Information on Disabilities Exchange
Contained within this site is a wealth of information for people with disabilities, their friends, families and the people who serve them. Information within this site focuses on Massachusetts.

Department of Education

Institute for Community Inclusion
ICI offers training, clinical and employment services; conducts research; and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work and community activities.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
The mission of the MDDC is to provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity and inclusion.

Advocates for Autism
Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts strives to ensure the human and civil rights of individuals of all ages across the entire autism spectrum and promote the availability of essential supports so that they may live fully and enjoy the same opportunities as other citizens of the Commonwealth. We educate individuals with ASD, their families and other AFAM members/supporters to be effective, vigorous agents of change.

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network
The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Network is a collaborative of four organizations that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Network partners accomplish this mission through advocacy, education, research and dissemination of information.

Disabilities Law Center, Inc.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Massachusetts Advocates for Children is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children, while also helping one child at a time.

MICHIGAN

Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK)

Autism and Behavioral Support Center

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) provides empirically supported assessment and intervention, as well as consultation services, for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Parent training and support groups are also offered.

Bridges 4 Kids
Michigan’s most comprehensive website, providing parents, educators and others the information they need to help children who might be at-risk or have special needs. It is updated daily and includes information on child development, educational issues and opportunities, and extensive disability, gifted, at-risk, parenting and teaching resources. Choose the “search” function on our menu to search the entire site for the information you need.

Department of Education

Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support and education to families of children and adults with disabilities, from birth to age 26, who are in the educational system. The purpose of the project is to increase the involvement of families in their children’s education and the educational system in general.

Citizens Alliance to Uphold Special Education (CAUSE)
CAUSE is a statewide, non-profit coalition providing free information, referral, support, advocacy and workshops to parents and professionals working with children with disabilities and special needs.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Developmental Disabilities Council is a vehicle for change. Its members each recognize that persons with disabilities must be included in the mainstream of American society, which includes employment, education, housing and the myriad of social activities that make up American life.

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
The Developmental Disabilities Council is a vehicle for change. Its members each recognize that persons with disabilities must be included in the mainstream of American society, which includes employment, education, housing and the myriad of social activities that make up American life.

Community Advocates
We exist as an advocacy organization to make it possible for each person with a disability to participate fully in all aspects of community and to support the effort of each individual to determine his/her own future.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service

MINNESOTA

Courage Center
The Courage Center offers a wide range of services, including rehabilitation therapies, inpatient transitional rehabilitation, pain management, accessible fitness centers and pools, vocational and community-based services, behavioral/mental health therapies, family support, camping, and sports and recreation programs.

Fraser
A nationally renowned Minnesota nonprofit, Fraser serves children and adults with special needs—through comprehensive education, health-care and housing services.

Minnesota Department of Health

PACER Center
PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

Reach for Resources, Inc.
Reach for Resources is a non-profit organization that offers specialized services to meet the needs of youth and adults with a variety of cognitive and developmental disabilities, and provides support to their families.

Minnesota Department of Education

Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers
The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the ALLIANCE) is an innovative partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Governor’s Council on Disabilities
The mission of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is to provide information, education and training to build knowledge, develop skills and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self-determination, integration and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Partners in Policymaking
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities created a ground-breaking, innovative training program called Partners in Policymaking to teach parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy to change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.

ACT- Advocating Legal Change Together
Advocating Change Together (ACT) is a grassroots disability rights organization run by and for people with developmental and other disabilities. ACT’s mission is to help people across disabilities to see themselves as part of a larger disability rights movement and make connections to other civil and human rights struggles.

Minnesota Disability Law Center

MISSISSIPPI

Learning Disabilities Association of Mississippi

Mississippi Project START
The mission of Project START is to ensure the provision of appropriate technology-related services for Mississippians with disabilities by increasing the awareness of and access to assistive technology and by helping the existing service systems become more consumer responsive so that all Mississippians with disabilities will receive appropriate technology-related services and devices.

Mississippi Department of Education

Parents United Together
The Mississippi Parent Information and Training Center (MS-PTI) is under IDEA and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

EMPOWER
Educating Minority Parents; Opening Windows to Educational Rights (EMPOWER) a community-based, minority-governed, nonprofit organization, occupies an important role in the evolution of standards-based school reform and its potential for improving the quality of education for poor and minority children in Mississippi.

TEAAM- Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi
TEAAM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Mississippians with an autism spectrum disorder by cultivating and enhancing family and community supports.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System

MISSOURI

Disabilities Advocacy and Support Network
The Disabilities Advocacy and Support Network is a parent-run support organization. The primary goal of the Network is to provide emotional and educational support, awareness within the community, and a therapeutic social outlet for individuals with development disabilities and their families.

Family Voices
Family Voices of Missouri, Inc. (FVMO), shares information and resources with families and professionals in a variety of ways such as: list serves and web-based information; newsletters and brochures; state, academic, public and private agency development; and family and professional leadership training on federal and state policy, family advocacy and partnering, child and family development, cultural diversity and competency, child abuse and neglect prevention, and physical, mental and oral health.

Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. LDA of MO, through its affiliation with LDA of America, works continuously to provide services to individuals with learning disabilities, their parents and the professionals who serve them.

Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment
Our mission is to provide education, advocacy and support for families and the autism community and to promote early diagnosis and effective autism treatment.

Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, 23-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration in all aspects of community life.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, 23-member, consumer-driven council appointed by the Governor to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and integration in all aspects of community life.

Missouri TASH Chapter
MO-TASH is the Missouri Chapter of TASH, an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society are the norm. Due to the make-up of our membership, which includes self-advocates, parents, educators, service providers, administrators and others, MO-TASH offers a unique combination of backgrounds and experience.

Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services

MONTANA

Department of Public Health and Human Services – Disability Services Division
The mission of the Disability Services Division (DSD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is to provide services that help Montanans with disabilities to live, work and fully participate in their communities. The Division provides or contracts to provide a wide variety of services for Montanans of all ages who have physical, mental or developmental disabilities.

Parents Lets United for Kids
PLUK is a private, nonprofit organization formed by parents of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses for the purpose of information, support, training and assistance to aid their children at home and school, and as adults.

Family Outreach, Inc.
Family Outreach is a private, non-profit agency providing home-based education and support services to individuals throughout southwestern Montana who have disabilities or developmental delays.

Developmental Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)
DEAP is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides a variety of family education and support, residential and crisis intervention services to families whose children are birth to 18 years of age and adults.

Job Connection
Job Connection, Inc., is a private, nonprofit corporation that specializes in supported employment. We contract with various government agencies to provide job placement and training to individuals with disabilities.

Montana Office of Public Instruction

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Disability Rights Montana
Disability Rights Montana provides information and referral, individual advocacy, legal representation, systems advocacy, and education and training. We work to promote self-determination, personal autonomy and self-advocacy.

People First Montana
People First is a self-governing, self-directing, self-advocacy organization. It is about people with disabilities working together and helping each other take charge of their lives. It teaches people with disabilities how to make decisions and choices that make them more independent.

Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities is a citizen-based advocacy group. Its members are appointed by the Governor to provide increased independence, integration and productivity for persons with developmental disabilities.

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Answers 4 Families
Answers4Families.org is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance. This website is a collection of articles, resources and referrals organized by target group.

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders provides information and services for children and families living with autism. The Center provides education, training and diagnostic evaluations, as well as treatment options.

Families for Effective Treatment of Autism
FEAT’s mission is to provide education to families and the community on effective autism treatments, and support to families seeking effective treatments for their children on the autism spectrum.

Hotline for Disability Services
Provides referrals to financial, medical and other service resources to Nebraska families with disabilities: (800) 742-7594 (toll-free in state)

Parent Training and Information
The mission of PTI Nebraska is to provide training, information and support to parents in Nebraska who have a child, birth through age 26, with special needs. Resources are provided for parents, other family members, school personnel and interested others.

ACCESS Nebraska
ACCESS Nebraska is the state’s website for information about benefit eligibility. The website also allows users to apply for benefits online.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Network
The goals of the Nebraska ASD Network are to (1) build and enhance the capacity of Nebraska schools and families in supporting children across the spectrum of autism disorders, and (2) offer training and technical assistance to Nebraska educators providing services to students across the autism spectrum from birth to age 21.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Nebraska Advocacy Services

NEVADA

Project ASSIST
Project ASSIST is an information source and database of resources for children and young adults with disabilities, their families and their service providers.

The Lilli Claire Foundation
Each center provides comprehensive holistic programs and services designed to enhance all aspects of an individual’s life–medical, psychosocial, educational and vocational–from infancy through adulthood. Through community outreach, the centers are able to provide a unique blend of clinical expertise to ensure that every child living with a neuro-genetic condition receives the best, most compassionate care available.

Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services

Nevada PEP
PEP is Nevada’s statewide parent training & information center for families who have children with disabilities and the professionals who support them.

Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities engages in advocacy, systems change and capacity-building activities for people with developmental disabilities and their families in order to promote equal opportunity, self-determination and community inclusion.

CARE
Collaborative Autism Resources and Education (CARE, LLC) provides consultation to school districts serving students with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disorders.

Nevada Department of Education

Nevada Parent Teacher Association

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Family TIES – Partners in Policymaking
The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to educate participants to be active partners with those who make policy. The idea is to develop partnerships that are based on positive relationships. In today’s political climate of radical change, Partners graduates must work harder than ever to prevent the loss of basic rights for people with disabilities. Partners in Policymaking graduates can change the future by influencing public policy today.

Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Service Link Resource Center
A statewide network of community-based connections for elders, adults with disabilities and their families

Parent to Parent of New Hampshire
The mission of this website is to provide a channel of support for parents of children who have special needs. Much of the information contained within this website is contributed by visitors like you.

Parent Information Center
PIC is a recognized leader in building strong family/school partnerships and a pioneer in promoting effective parent involvement in the special education process through providing information, training and support to families of children with disabilities in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Asperger’s Association of New England
AANE offers a comprehensive array of programs and services responsive to the needs of the various sectors of the Asperger’s community.

Education-a-Must
Education-a-Must provides counsel & support for parents with children with disabilities and/or those in need of special services.

New Hampshire Education Law
NHEdLaw publishes the New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual: A Guide for Parents, Educators & Professionals, conducts training, and provides resources and information about education law topics to help parents, educators and other professionals in New Hampshire understand legal requirements and meet student needs.

New Hampshire Department of Education

Education Law Resource Center
The Education Law Resource Center provides information to help parents, educators and other professionals understand legal requirements and meet student needs. This site contains information and resources about a variety of education law topics including physical restraints in schools, special education and No Child Left Behind.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Disabilities Rights Center

NEW JERSEY

Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities
The Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with multiple physical and developmental disabilities so that they may have the opportunity to attain the highest level of purpose and dignity. ABCD represents member agencies that provide a broad array of community-based services to approximately 10,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families statewide.

Asperger Friends
Asperger Friends is a support group for children and families living with Asperger’s. The website offers resources for members of this community as well as links to information about school, transition services and other topics.

Asperger Syndrome Education Network
ASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders and nonverbal learning disabilities with education, support and advocacy. Our 15 chapters meet monthly, alternating parent support meetings with speaker presentations.

Association for Special Children and Families
This website provides information and support for parents, volunteers and educators as well as links to activities for children.

Autism Family Services of New Jersey
Autism Family Services of New Jersey (AFSNJ) is a leading provider of family support services to the autism population under contract with the New Jersey State Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Community Access Unlimited
CAU’s mission is to provide community access through effective and comprehensive support services for people with disabilities, at-risk youth and people with affordable housing needs, giving them the opportunity to live independently and to lead normal and productive lives as citizens integrated into the community.

Department of Human Services- Division of Developmental Disabilities

FACES Autism Support Network
Families for Autistic Children Education & Support (FACES) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and support of children with autism and their families. Our mission is centered on early intervention, education, advocacy and support for families affected by autism spectrum disorder in the south Jersey area.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
The mission of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is to empower and support families, and inform and involve professionals and others interested in the healthy development and education of children and youth. SPAN’s foremost commitment is to children and families with the greatest need due to disability; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, language, immigrant, or homeless status; involvement in the foster care, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems; geographic location; or other special circumstances.

Education Law Center
Education Law Center (ELC) advocates on behalf of public school children for access to an equal and adequate education under state and federal laws. ELC focuses on improving public education for disadvantaged children, and children with disabilities and other special needs. ELC uses a wide variety of strategies, including public education and engagement, policy initiatives, research, communications and, as a last resort, legal action.

New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education
NJCIE is the only organization in New Jersey whose sole focus is to promote inclusion through research-based practices. Its membership includes parents, teachers, educational professionals, school administrators and self-advocates (young people who have benefited from inclusion).

New Jersey Department of Education- Special Education Programs

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Autism New Jersey (ANJ) is a nonprofit agency providing information and advocacy, services, family and professional education, and consultation. ANJ encourages responsible basic and applied research that may lessen the effects of and potentially prevent autism. ANJ is dedicated to ensuring that all people with autism receive appropriate, effective services to maximize their growth potential and to enhancing the general public’s overall awareness of autism.

Community Health Law Project
The Community Health Law Project provides legal and advocacy services, training, education and related activities to persons with disabilities and to organizations representing their interests, with an emphasis on those most vulnerable and needy.

Legal Services of New Jersey
Legal Services of New Jersey embraces the vision of full access to essential civil legal aid for all economically disadvantaged people who cannot secure a lawyer on their own, and through that legal aid equal justice, both substantive and procedural.

Disability Rights New Jersey

NEW MEXICO

Family Voices of New Mexico
Family Voices of New Mexico (FVNM) provides health information and supports in many different ways: individualized support, parent matching, focus and support groups, conferences, training, resource guides, lending library, listserv, newsletters and website.

New Mexico Department of Health- Developmental Disabilities Supports Division

Parents Reaching Out
Parents Reaching Out is a network of programs woven together to meet the ever-changing needs of New Mexico families. We offer workshops and materials designed for families, and provide opportunities for connecting with other parents and resources in communities across our state. Our mission guides what we do to enhance outcomes for children and their families, and build strong partnerships with the systems that touch their lives.

Center for Development and Disability
The mission of CDD’s Autism Programs is to provide requested support to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Programs include FACE (Family & Community Education in ASD), SET (Specialized Early Teaching), Autism Diagnostic Clinic, and Autism Managed Care Services.

New Mexico Public Education Department

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
The New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council engages in advocacy, capacity building and systemic change activities that contribute to a culturally competent and coordinated individual and family-centered and -directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, and be independent, productive and integrated into all facets of community life.

Kids as Self Advocates
KASA believes young people with disabilities should have control over their own lives and futures. We help this happen by teaching youth about their rights, giving peer support and training, and changing the systems that affect our lives to include us.

New Mexico Protection and Advocacy System

NEW YORK

Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association
AHA Association is a New York organization providing support and information for families, individuals and professionals affected by Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany) is a university-affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. CARD Albany provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.

Center for Disability Rights
The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR), is a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association of New York
LDA of NYC currently operates three main programs: the Learning Disabilities Helpline, Latino Outreach Program and Adult Support Group.

Los Niños Services

Los Niños Services is an award-winning, multilingual agency serving the developmental needs of young children and their families. We specialize in home- and community-based evaluations and services, parent/child groups, service coordination and training for early childhood professionals. Staff is comprised of experienced bilingual clinicians who pride themselves in being of great service to others. We serve all children and families in Westchester and New York City from all communities.

NY State Putting People First- NY State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

Parent to Parent of New York State
Parent to Parent of New York State is a place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.

NY State Department of Education

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Advocacy Center- Partners in Policymaking
The Advocacy Center builds the capacity of individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves, realize their personal goals, and make positive changes in their lives and communities. The Advocacy Center values diversity, individuality, choice, innovation and quality.

Advocates for Children of New York
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. works in partnership with New York City’s most impoverished and vulnerable families to secure quality and equal public education services. AFC works on behalf of children from infancy to age 21 who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure. AFC provides a full range of services: free individual case advocacy, technical assistance and training for parents, students and professionals about children’s educational entitlements and due process rights in New York City.

Self-Advocacy Association of New York State
The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. (SANYS), is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to help create a person-centered and person-directed system of supports. To further this goal, the SANYS executive board supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups regionally and statewide, encouraging them to speak for themselves individually and collectively.

Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
CQCAPD is charged with a variety of investigatory, advocacy and educational activities to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities protect their rights and advocate for needed changes.

NORTH CAROLINA

Division TEACCH
TEACCH is a North Carolina program administered through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but because of its training activities and publications the TEACCH approach is widely known nationally and internationally.

Autism Services
Autism Services of Mecklenburg County is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting children and adults with autism, traumatic brain injury and other developmental disabilities. ASMC focuses on creating opportunities for consumers to improve life skills and providing quality services based on needs specific to both individuals and families.

F.I.R.S.T
F.I.R.S.T. is a nonprofit, family-driven organization dedicated to helping persons with disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community by supporting and educating their families to be their child’s best advocate and youth/adults to be self-advocates.

HOPE Parent Resource Center
The HOPE Parent Resource Center, a project of the Family Support Network/HOPE, is a federally funded Community Parent Resource Center. Our mission is to support families who have children with special needs to be involved in their child’s education and development, learn about their child’s and families’ rights, feel more supported in the community, have more positive feelings about having a child with special needs, and help their child learn, grow, play and make friends.

NC Department of Human Services

Family Support Network of North Carolina
Family Support Network promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs. Families are in a unique position to offer information and support to other families. An experienced family member can share the most practical advice and help a parent navigate the complex service system. FSN promotes and provides family support through its family support services, education and outreach activities, research and evaluation, and other projects.

Autism Community Initiative
The mission of Autism Community Initiative, Inc. is to address the residential, educational, vocational and social needs of adults with autism who reside in the greater Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

North Carolina Public Schools

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Partners in Policymaking
The North Carolina Partners in Policymaking program helps open the door for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and family members to participate in the public discussion of principles and policies that affect their lives and their role in the community. Those selected to take part learn about how to communicate with public officials and legislators, and the general public, often making use of the media. Through a series of eight weekend seminars, they also gain information about the structure of laws and agencies that determine and administer programs affecting people with disabilities.

Council for Children’s Rights
The community’s leading voice for children’s rights, the Council for Children’s Rights is comprised of 32 highly trusted attorneys, advocates and professional staff dedicated to serving children and connecting them to vital services.

North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
The mission of NCCDD is to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to culturally competent services and supports.

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Department of Human Services

Family Voices of North Dakota
Family Voices, a national, grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health-care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health-care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.

Pathfinder Parent Center
Pathfinder Parents Center is North Dakota’s statewide Parent Training & Information Center (PTI) for families of children and youth with all manner of disabilities from birth through 26 years. We serve all North Dakota families of children with disabilities through individual assistance, training and a lending library. Parents can find publications, workshops and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment and other services for their children with disabilities. We also offer this information and training to educators and related service professionals.

Red River Valley Asperger Network
This network is an inclusive center providing free and comprehensive direct services to individuals with AS, PDD-NOS and HFA, and their families. Our services also include community education, outreach, professional training and public policy advocacy so that individuals and their families are empowered.

Great Plains Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment Program
The Great Plains Autism Spectrum Disorder Treatment Program provides training, research, diagnostic and treatment services to North Dakota children and youth suspected or diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction- Special Education

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Partners in Policymaking
The Partners in Policymaking Program is a leadership training program designed for adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other individuals who make policy decisions about services.

North Dakota State Council for Developmental Disabilities
The Council advocates for policy changes that promote choice, independence, productivity and inclusion for all North Dakotans with developmental disabilities. The Council supports projects and activities that maximize opportunities in these areas for consumers and families.

North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium
NDDAC is a group of North Dakota organizations interested in advocating for public policy that benefits North Dakotans with disabilities and their families.
North Dakota Protection and Advocacy

NORTHERN MARIANAS ISLANDS

Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities
P.O. Box 502565
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 664-7000; (670) 664-7030 (fax)
Email: tcamacho@cnmiddcouncil.org

Parent Information and Training Center
AYUDA NETWORK, Inc.
P.O. Box 503019
Saipan, MP 96950-3019
(670) 321-7470; (670) 321-7468 (fax)

Parent Education Program
Division of Youth Services
P.O. Box 501000 CK
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 664-2550/2585
Email: parented@saipan.com

Department of Public Health
Medically Indigent Program (MIP)
(670) 234-8950, ext. 2001

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Protection and Advocacy System

OHIO


Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Autism

Housed at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, the center provides a comprehensive array of services for children of all ages, including an early intervention and preschool program, a year-round autism school, extensive consultation services ranging from child-specific interventions to full program development, a social-skills program, workshops for siblings and parents, a developing program of research and speech/language services, and a full range of psychological evaluation and treatment services.

Family Information Network of Ohio
FIN of Ohio is a statewide parent network designed to keep family perspectives at the forefront of Ohio’s Help Me Grow (HMG) system by offering support through information and education to families of young children and the professionals who serve them.

Action for Children
Action for Children is the source for child care and early learning services in central Ohio. Whether you are a parent, a professional in the field or an active member of the community who simply wishes to become more involved in early care and education issues, this website is designed to provide information tailored to your needs.

Cincinnati Center for Autism
The Cincinnati Center for Autism (CCA) provides a variety of services designed to help children with autism reach their fullest potential. Our programs address many of the behavioral, social, communication and motor delays common in children with autism.

Connect Me Ohio
Connect Me Ohio provides information about home- and community-based services, supports and opportunities for older adults, persons with disabilities and caregivers in Ohio, whether you’re looking at options for independent living, long-term care alternatives, support to stay in your home or ways to stay healthy.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

Parent Mentors of Ohio
The mission of Ohio Parent Mentors is to provide the necessary support and resources to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) serves families, educators and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments and traumatic brain injuries.

Linking Employment Abilities and Potential
Provides information and referral, holds regular classes and workshops, and performs individualized assessments and training.

Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
OCECD is a statewide, nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, and agencies who provide services to them. Its mission is to ensure that every Ohio child with special needs receives a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to enable that child to reach his/her highest potential.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) is a planning and advocacy body committed to community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

Ohio Legal Rights Service