Resources for Autism
Early Headstart ~ Abilene, Texas ~ Early Head Start is a federally funded program providing early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis to low-income families with children ages birth-to-three, and pregnant women. The purpose of the program is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self sufficiency.
The Legacy Complex ~ Many of our therapeutic horses are rescued horses from the surrounding area. Whether neglected or mistreated in some way, our Equine Specialists have taken them and loved them back to health. These horses are special in that they are empathetic to the people they help in the individual healing process.
AKC’s “Canine Good Citizen” program ~For years research has shown that pet ownership provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety, boost immunity and help socialize people who tend to be more withdrawn. Pets provide an unconditional love that can turn a bad day into something positive.
New Horizons‘ mission is to provide an environment where children and families are able to heal and grow through caring relationships, unconditional love and acceptance.
Advice for Asperger’s and Autistim Association ~ Identifying Sensory overload and sensory seeking behavior in people with autism and advice on how to deal with it.
Kenley School has been a pioneer in the field of teaching students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities since its establishment in 1971. Governed by a board of directors, Kenley School is a non-profit day school for boys and girls in first through eighth grade. Kenley School features small classes with a staff-student ratio of one to four. A highly trained staff provides individual and small group instruction for students while incorporating hands-on experiences to facilitate learning.
King David’s Kids ~ When a child is diagnosed with a developmental disability, the entire family is affected. The special needs child often has physical, sensory, emotional, or behavioral needs that affect social and community involvement. Thus, the entire family can become isolated from friends, community activities, and church.
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Angels of Care Pediatric Health ~ Angels of Care is a pediatric home health care agency serving the State of Texas, with it’s corporate offices in Sherman (about 45 minutes north of Dallas) and branch offices across the state. We provide exceptional services with our highly skilled, caring, loving and motivated staff. “Special Care for your Special Child” is more than a slogan to us, it’s a passion and a promise.
Directory of Community Resources in Texas ~ A Project of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University
Abilene Performing Arts Company, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit, youth centered organization focused on helping students pursue their dreams through performing arts education. APAC has been offering classes in Musical Theatre, Theatre, Dance, and Kindermusik taught by a highly qualified and professional staff since 1999. APAC is located on the second floor of 1049 Industrial, on the corner of Spindletop and Industrial across from the Abilene Country Club.
Adaptive Recreation Services ~ General Purpose of Adaptive Recreation Services: to provide specialized leisure and adaptive recreational activities for persons with disabilities. $32 / mo.
BETTY HARDWICK CENTER ~ The Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Callahan, Jones, Shackelford, Stephens and Taylor Counties
Day Nursery Abilene Twitter Page ~ The mission of the Day Nursery of Abilene is to provide affordable quality child care for a diverse community.
“The mission of the Day Nursery of Abilene, Inc. is to provide affordable quality child care for a diverse community.”
U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet ~ AIRMEN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER ~ The Airman & Family Readiness Center is located at 382 Avenue D. It is the focal point for family matters and provides a variety of services to military members, retirees, Department of Defense civilians and family members.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission Twitter Page ~ Preserving yesterday, informing today, inspiring tomorrow.
Texas Talking Book Program Providing free library service to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities-whether permanent or temporary. Our books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and cassette, and we loan playback equipment to be used with TBP materials. Our materials can also be downloaded from the Web via BARD by registered readers. And best of all, books are delivered right to your door.
The Americans with Disabilities Act Online Learning ~ The ADA Audio Conference Series is Coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center. For assistance with any of our conferences contact us at (877) ADA – 1990 or (877) 232 – 1990 (V/TTY). We reserve the right to cancel sessions at any time without notice. A full refund will be provided for all paid sessions should the sessions be cancelled.
Autism Supplement ~ Parents of Texas’ roughly 20,000 students who are on the autism spectrum hope that a November 2007 addition to the requirements for special education students will help resolve one of special education’s more contentious areas. Known as the “Autism Supplement” this additional requirement for IEP consideration include the following points: AUTISM SUPPLEMENT – 11 POINTS THAT MUST BE DISCUSSED.
The purpose of the Peaceful Playground Program is to introduce children and school staff to the many choices of activities available on playgrounds and field areas. Each playground blueprint is designed to assist with measurements, layout, spacing and game placement, as well as provide an overall picture of the final design outcome of a Peaceful Playground.
The mission of PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities ~ NICHCY is very pleased to offer you a wealth of information on disabilities! We serve the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Here, you’ll also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education. Our State Resource Sheets will help you connect with the disability agencies and organizations in your state.
Sexuality & Disability ~ Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities Twitter Page ~ NICHCY Twitter Page
Partners Resource Network ~ Partners Resource Network (PRN) is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI’s funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) . The PTI Projects are: PATH, PEN, and TEAM. The Texas PTIs provide training, education, information, referral, emotional support, and individual assistance in obtaining appropriate services.
National Center for Learning Disabilities ~ The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma—prepared for college and the workplace. Learn more about our credo, programs, events, and more below.
LD OnLine: The world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD
Emergency & Disaster Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs ~ Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program ~ Texas Department of State Health Services
Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs ~ If you have a grandchild with special needs, no one will understand your joys and concerns better than another grandparent. On our simple website, you’ll have a chance to meet other grandparents through our Yahoogroup or Facebook groups, share ideas for supporting your kids and grandkids, and even post pictures of you and your grandkids! We hope you’ll join us!
Generation Rescue ~ When a parent hears the words “your child has autism” everything changes. Generation Rescue is here for that change and the many more to come throughout their lifetime. Many individuals with autism suffer from treatable conditions like gut issues, sleep disorders and mitochondrial dysfunction which directly impact speech development, behavior and focus. Our grant program provides the opportunity to pursue treating these underlying symptoms of autism.
Jobs and Resources for Autistic Young Adults ~ It is time to open our eyes and alter the job force to include the ever increasing number of abled individuals.
The International Dyslexia Association ~ Promoting Literacy Through Research, Education, and Advocacy.
Independent Living Research Utilization ~ ILRU, founded in 1977, has a long history of providing research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act, home and community based services and health issues for people with disabilities.
disability.gov ~ Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.
Child & Family Web Guide ~ The WebGuide is a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence.
$19.09 ~ Apps for Autism: An Essential Guide to Over 200 Effective Apps for Improving Communication, Behavior, Social Skills, and More! by Lois Jean Brady
Generation Rescue Twitter Page ~ Dedicated to recovery for children w. autism spectrum disorders by providing guidance & support for medical treatment to directly improve a child’s life
Center for Autism and Related Disorders Twitter Page ~ CARD Specialized Outpatient Services (SOS) provides assistance with specific areas of concern for a family and develops and implements strategies to diminish problem behaviors and teach necessary skills.
Apps for Autism ~ Information on APPS that address 3 academic areas, organizational/study skills & increasing self-confidence. I hope that these can be of assistance to you or someone that you know.
Apps in Education ~ One of the hardest things with using the iPad in the classroom is finding the time to go through all of the apps in the iTunes Store listed under the education banner. We have started to list some of the apps we’ve found under each of the Key Learning Areas.
Reach for a Difference will support individual, family & community actions to address identified needs & issues of the autism spectrum & other neurodevelopmental delays in the West Central Texas area surrounding Abilene. To this end, the corporation will engage in responsive support activities to promote greater understanding of these needs & issues & to help develop, locate, & provide resources to meet expressed needs.
AGC Statewide Leadership ~ Education service centers (ESCs) provide state leadership for special education related decentralized functions. Each lead ESC is responsible for identifying a contact and coordinating with a 20-region network for their decentralized function. The purpose of the 20-region network is to ensure ongoing communication between ESCs about state-level needs assessments, program planning/implementation, and evaluating statewide activities.