Resources for Families

  • Autism Speaks – Leading national organization for autism research, advocacy and resources, offers various Tool Kits, (downloadable) www.autismspeaks.or
  • Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) – Provides information, education, support and advocacy, social and activity groups for children, teens and adults www.aane.org
  • The Arc – Resources for people with disabilities www.thearcct.org
  • Disability Resource Directory – Link “Publications” provides a listing of state agencies and programs www.opa.ct.gov
  • Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) – A series of free online learning modules with step-by-step information on how to plan, implement and monitor specific evidenced based practices with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/
  • Autism Internet Modules – A series of free online modules on a wide range of topics designed for those living and working with individuals with ASD www.autisminternetmodules.org
  • Autism Live – Parent to Parent informative two minute video clips http://www.autism-live.com
  • Pathfinders for Autismhttp://www.pathfindersforautism.org
  • Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children – Information and resources to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behaviors http://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/
  • National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) – A resource for planning, implementing and monitoring evidenced-based practices http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu
  • Best Buddies– One-to-one friendshipshttps://www.bestbuddies.org/

Safety

Support/Advocacy/Social Groups

  • Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) – Parent-to-parent organization offering support groups, training, email list serve, information and advocacy www.ctfsn.org
  • Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)– Provides information and support to families of children with disabilities from birth to 26 yearswww.cpacinc.org
  • Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) – Provides advocacy and support groups, recreational and social opportunities, trainings, newsletter, and informationwww.ct-asrc.org
  • Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) – Provides free advocacy and assistance to resolve healthcare and insurance issues 1-866-466-4446www.ct.gov/oha
  • Family Advocacy Program (FAVOR)– Offers training, technical assistance and, support to parents and caregiverswww.favor-ct.org
  • Center for Children’s Advocacywww.kidscounsel.org
  • CT Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT) – Provides information, training, support and networking. It has a “Parents Only” internet discussion list.www.ctfeat.org
  • Autism Families CONNECTicut – An organization formed by a group of parents and family members that provides recreational, cultural and social activities for children with ASD.www.autismfamiliesct.org
  • PATH Parent to Parent and Family Voices of CT– A network of families providing informational and emotional support to others who have a child with developmental or health related needs.www.pathct.org
  • Wrightslaw– Provides advocacy, legal information, support www.wrightslaw.com
  • Your Special Education Rights– Video based resource for parents to provide them with the knowledge to advocate for their child’s education www.yourspecialeducationrights.com
  • CT Network for Legal Aid (Special Education) – Free legal help for people with low incomehttp://ctlawhelp.org/special-education-in-connecticut
  • Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut– Advocacy, legal representation, advice, and information for all education related issues for people with low incomewww.slsct.org
  • Connecticut Legal Services– Provides legal representation for people with low income. Priority area include: divorce, child support and other aspects of family law, housing subsidies, all aspects of public benefits ( SNAP, Medicaid, SSI etc.), special educations, employment related issueswww.connlegalservices.org

Assistive Technology

  • NEAT Marketplace (New England Assistive Technology Center)– Provides information, assistive technology assessments, instruction and demonstration of the latest adaptive equipment www.neatmarketplace.org
  • Assistive Technology Corner at State Education Resource Center (SERC)– Displays of low, mid and high tech AT devices. Contact them at 860-632-1485 or library@ct.serc.org.
  • Connecticut Assistive Technology Guidelines– Guidelines for considering, implementing, and evaluating assistive technologies from low- to high-techwww.ct.gov/sdeLink “Forms and Publications” Publications
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Connecting Young Kids (YAACK)– Provides information and guidance to families and professionals covering a wide range of topics dealing with AAC for children at various ages and stages of communicating abilities http://www.childdevelopmentprograms.ca/resource_category/augmentative-and-alternative- communication/
  • Center on Technology and Disability– Assists families and professionals in advocating, acquiring and implementing effective assistive and instructional technology practices, devices and services as well as offers an extensive library and an interactive learning center www.ctdinstitute.org

Resources for COVID-19

  • Autism Research Institute Coronavirus Impact – Home All Day – Basic Supports and Strategies to Get Us through and Keep Us Sane Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, schools have undergone some changes that students need to follow. If you have a loved one on the autism spectrum, learn how you can get them through these times of need. Please follow the link below. www.autism.org
  • NBC Connecticut Waterbury Public Schools Continue Free Meal Service during ClosuresDespite the coronavirus outbreak, Waterbury Public Schools continue to serve free meals. Learn more about this news by reading the article below! www.nbcconnecticut.com
  • To be able to help more people who need healthcare services amid COVID-19, Access Health CT offers a special enrollment period for those uninsured residents in Connecticut to sign up for health insurance offered byAHCT’s two insurance carriers. To know more about this, kindly click on the link below to watch the video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB6llELel1I
  • The link below provides information about how you can sign up for health insurance without going out of your homes through Access Health CT. Know more by watching the video on the link below. www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBW6HMbYuAs
  • Learn how to increase your internet speed for better communication with your loved ones amid this COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the link below. www.corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic