More Autism Resources
This is the second part of a list of online and local resources for individuals with autism and their families. You can find the first half here.
According to a study by the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities done in March of 2016, one in 50 eight year old children in Utah has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. That's probably why there are so many resources available-- while I decided to cut the list off after making two of these posts I'm certain that there are plenty of other resources that I've missed. And if so, please do let me know in the comments!
As I've said before, Aim High Music Therapy is not affiliated with any of the resources I'm listing here. These are only resources that I have heard of or researched that seem to be helpful.
The Utah Assistive Technology Foundation provides grants and low interest loans to individuals of all ages who need adaptive technology. This includes wheelchairs, hearing aids, iPads, and augmented communication devices.
This state funded resource center helps individuals with disabilities to determine which forms of assistive technology would be most helpful, and where they can be obtained. UCAT also provides training on how to use assistive devices.
Early intervention is vital for individuals who have autism; because autism spectrum disorders so often come with developmental delays, the earlier treatment is provided the less children fall behind. Baby Watch runs assessments on infants who are showing early signs of disabilities such as autism, and then helps parents to create plans for how to best help their child develop and learn.
Temple Grandin is a big name in the autism world; while her primary vocation is working with livestock, she does a lot of writing and presenting on what autism is like for those who have it. She advocates for focusing on the strengths individuals with autism have instead of only looking at their weaknesses. Not to mention that her story is pretty incredible-- it's even been made into a movie.
ScenicView Academy serves teenagers and adults with high-functioning autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. They emphasize vocational skills, academic skills, daily living supports, and social and recreational skills. In addition to providing classes, ScenicView Academy employs several therapists.
Work Ability Utah works with local employers to help individuals with various disabilities find jobs. They strive to remove the barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities and to provide support for both employers and employees.
While the main purpose of the CDC is to control and prevent diseases (which Autism is not), the CDC still maintains advocates for early identification of developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. This page is an excellent resource for the latest scientific research on autism, and has some other resources such as fact sheets and videos.
The Children's Center offers mental health care for children with a variety of needs including grief, trauma, behavioral problems, and Autism.
The Autism National Committee advocates for human rights for all individuals who have autism spectrum disorders. They have newsletters and articles about laws, policies, procedures, and current issues that affect individuals who have autism.
This blog collects information about grants and funding strategies for families affected by autism.
Unfortunately, as has been discussed, there is a lot of false information about autism going around-- about what causes it and about how to treat it. ASAT, or the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, helps advocate for using evidenced based (ie the scientific research actually backs it up) treatments and helping people get access to correct information.
The Autism Research Institute helps to fund research into autism and ways to treat it. They also provide webinars and informational videos to help educate and inform parents, teachers, and others who work with individuals with autism.
The Autism society helps to educate the public about autism and help families find informational resources. They also hold conferences and publish a journal, About Autism.
Strictly speaking, this probably doesn't count as an "autism resource", but I couldn't resist sharing anyway. I love John's Crazy socks-- they sell an enormous collection of socks ranging from the beautiful to the ridiculous. What's more, a percentage of their sales is donated to the Special Olympics and some other charities. The link will take you to some special Autism Awareness socks. Some money from each pair of these socks sold goes to support Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of America.
I just realized that I still haven't mentioned the American Music Therapy Association on this blog, which is a gross oversight on my part: The AMTA is a major resource for any information about music therapy, as well as the place to go if you are looking for a music therapist in your area. I'll have to do a post about them in the near future. But this link will take you to a fact sheet about autism that the AMTA has put together.
And that's it for now!
I've enjoyed focusing on autism for the past month or so. While this series of posts on Autism is over, I'll certainly have more to share on the topic later on.
If you have questions or comments, please say something in the comments or drop us a line. And remember, if you or someone you know has autism or another disability and lives in the Salt Lake Area, we are available to give free consultations on how music therapy could be helpful.
Have a great day and we'll see you soon!