National Autism Center- National Standards Project. As
its first major initiative, the National Autism Center
spearheaded the National Standards Project, an unprecedented
effort to produce a set of standards for effective,
research-validated education and behavioral intervention for
children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Yale Child Study Center : Autism Seminars The Yale
Seminar on Autism and Related Disorders is an undergraduate
course that has been posted for free on iTunes. Seminar topics
include diagnosis and assessment, etiology and treatment of
children, adolescents and adults with autism and related
disorders of socialization.
The Autism Society of Los
Angeles is dedicated to to improving the lives of all
affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering
individuals with autism, their families, and professionals
through advocacy, education, support, and community
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) seeks to promote optimal fetal, infant, and
child development; prevent birth defects and childhood
developmental disabilities; and enhance the quality of life and
prevent secondary conditions among children, adolescents, and
adults who are living with a disability.
Autism Speaks is a
national autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to
funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a
cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum
disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with
autism and their families.
First Signs is
dedicated to educating parents and professionals about
autism and related disorders, and to the early identification and
intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders.
Cerebral Palsy Websites
United Cerebral Palsy Is a
source of information on cerebral palsy and an advocate for the
rights of persons with any disability. UCP’s mission is to
advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of
people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
The American Academy for
Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine is a
multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of
cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities. They also
work to promote professional education for the treatment and
management of these conditions, and to improve the quality of
life for people with these disabilities.
The Arc of the United States
works to include all children and adults with cognitive,
intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every
The Arc of
California promotes and protects the human rights of
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and
actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the
community throughout their lifetimes.
Best Buddies is a
non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of
people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities
for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
California Department of
Developmental Services is the agency through which the State
of California provides services and supports
to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
These disabilities include intellectual disabilities,
cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism spectrum disorder, and related
Above is a link to the sections of the California Welfare and
Institution Code codified as the Lanterman Developmental
Disabilities Services Act and related statutes that define the
rights of persons with developmental disabilities and establish
how these services will be delivered.
More Websites of General Interest:
Ability Path -
Support for parents of children with special needs, including
reports on the IEP process, Bullying, Life After High School, and
Brave Kids -
Provides an on-line resource directory focused on services and
supports for children with chronic/life-threatening conditions.
Foundation - The Epilepsy Foundation mission is for
people with seizures to participate in all life experiences;
prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education,
advocacy and services.