National Autism Organizations


There are many great nonprofit national organiizations now active in the United States.  Here are just some of the suggested organizations that you may find helpful.

Autism Society of America (ASA) exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism through increasing public awareness abou the day to day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.  

The mission of the National Autism Association (NAA) is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.  

Profectum aims to create a community of caring families, clients, multidisciplinary professionals, and leaders in the field, and is committed to promoting treatment approaches that address the unique needs of the individual at any stage of development from early childhood to adulthood, integrating the best treatment models across disciplines and intervention approaches.  

Autism One is  a parent driven organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by autism.  

The mission of National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR)  is to help in the development, expansion and support of autism programs and services that improve the quality of life for children and young adults with autism. 

Tuck Sleep Foundation and Best Mattress Reviews. Given that studies have shown upwards of 80% of young people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (and that number is equally bad for adults) aren't getting the necessary amount of sleep, these two teams created new guides to help. These guides covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD and much more.  

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is run by and for autistic people, and activities include public policy advocacy, community engagment to encourage inclusion, and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life- oriented research, and the development of autistic cultural activiites. 

Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a support network providing online and in-person educational events for parents and caretakers and continuing education credit for physicians, teachers, dietitians, and occupational therapists.  

Autism Speaks is one of the world's leading autism science and advocacy organizations, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism. 

First Signs aims to educate parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child. Goals include improving the screening and referral practices and lowering the age at which young children and identified with developmental delays and disorders. 

Organizations for Autism Research (OAR) uses applied science to answer questions that parents, families, indiviuals with autism, teachers, and caregivers confront daily.  Free downloadable resource guides are available on numerious autism related topics.  

Different Brains provides a Neurodiversity community for all of us to stay up to date on the most recent research, news, blogs, and more! In the words of founder,  "Different Brains is a community where everyone is accepted and no one has to feel like the 'Lone Ranger' ever again."-Harold 'Hackie' Reitman, M.D. .  

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