National Resources

 

Autism Services, the Law, and You…

Navigating the system often presents multiple challenges for families impacted by autism. Whether it’s working with the school system, obtaining appropriate services, or dealing with insurance providers, the tasks can be daunting as parents strive to ensure the best possible future for their children on the spectrum.

One of the most important areas that families and caregivers need to research and comprehend involves education, services, and the law. Understanding your child’s educational rights and familiarizing yourself with the services to which he or she is entitled is critical in making sure that everything available to your family is fully utilized.

Resources to assist autism families in obtaining services are out there, but often parents and caregivers are unaware of the options that exist at both the state and federal levels. To assist our readers in accessing information on what their ASD children have available to them, the Autism File has collected relevant websites at both the national and state levels. Eligibility criteria and specific services available to autism families vary from state to state so it’s especially important for parents to access and understand their own state guidelines and provisions.

The list below is designed to get families started in the search for assistance for their loved ones with autism, and will be expanding in the weeks to come. Please let us know about additional resources that have been beneficial to you or to those you know who have or care for someone with autism. Our goal is to present our readers with the most comprehensive list of autism services and programs available. To contribute resources that will benefit others affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, click here.

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National Resources

U.S Department of Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) http://idea.ed.gov/ The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Office of Special Education Programs – Contacts, Resources, News, Etc.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html?src=mr 

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Maine

Maine Department of Education – Special Education Directors Contact List (PDF)

www.maine.gov/education/speced/documents/2011-2012Speddir12202011.pdf

Maine Autism Society

www.asmonline.org/resources

Maine Department of Education – Child Development Services

http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/cds/index.html

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Special Education Contacts Information (PDF)

http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/special_ed/documents/sped_contact_directors.pdf

New Hampshire Department of Education – Special Education Resource Page

www.education.nh.gov/instruction/special_ed/index.htm

Vermont

Next Steps: A guide for families with autism spectrum disorder

http://ddas.vermont.gov/ddas-publications/publications-autism/publications-autism-documents/next-steps-autism

Vermont Department of Education: Special Education General Resources

http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_sped/resources.html

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Advocates for Children – Special Needs Programs

www.massadvocates.org

Massachusetts Department of Education – Special Education

http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

http://www.ride.ri.gov/OSCAS/Programs_Services/Autism_Spectrum_Disorders.aspx

Connecticut

Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut

http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/DEPS/Special/Parents_Guide_SE.pdf

Resources for Children with Special Needs in Greater Danbury – Public School Listings (PDF)

www.danburychildrenfirst.org/PDF/SNResource.pdf

New York

Resources for Children with Special Needs (New York City)

http://www.resourcesnyc.org/

New York State Commission on Quality of Care Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

http://cqc.ny.gov/advocacy/protection-advocacy-programs

New York State Office of Special Education

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/

Washington D.C.

District of Columbia Public Schools Autism Program and Resources

http://dc.gov/DCPS/In+the+Classroom/Special+Education/Autism+Program+and+Resources

New Jersey

Directory of New Jersey Serving Children with Autism          (Back to Top of Page)

www.autismnj.org/doc/schoollist.pdf

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Education – Resource For Help/Info

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/special_education/7465/special_education_in_pa_-_consultline/508844

Pennsylvania Rights for Parents (PDF)

http://pattan.net-website.s3.amazonaws.com/images/2011/09/28/Parents_Rights0311.pdf

Delaware

Exceptional Children Group

www.doe.k12.de.us/EducationalDirectory/pages/DDOE/Workgroupstaff.aspx?page=workgroup&wgid=522&BID=4

Maryland

Local Public School System Waiver Support

http://www.pathfindersforautism.org/articles/view/autism-waiver-contacts-local-school-systems

Virginia

State of Virginia Public School Directory For Special Education (PDF)

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/directories/local_directors.pdf

Alexandria City Public Schools – Autism Support Page

www.acps.k12.va.us/curriculum/special-education/autism/

Ohio

Cincinnati Public Schools

www.cps-k12.org/

Achievement Centers for Children

www.achievementcenters.org

West Virginia

West Virginia Department of Education – “Parents 21” Special Needs Resource

http://wvde.state.wv.us/parents21/specneeds.html

North Carolina

Family Support Network of North Carolina

www.fsnnc.org

University of North Carolina School of Social Work Family Support Program

http://fsp.unc.edu/family-support-resources

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

http://ddsn.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs

www.frcdsn.org/resources.html

Parent Resources on Special Education          (Back to Top of Page)

http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/173/ParentResourcesonSpecialEducation.cfm

Georgia

Georgia Department of Education: Special Education and Supports for Autism

http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/Autism.aspx

Florida

Exceptional Education and Student Services

http://www.fldoe.org/ese/

Alabama

Alabama Department of Education

http://public.alsde.edu/apps/search/results.aspx?k=autism

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Education – Division of Special Education

www.state.tn.us/education/speced/

Tennessee Department of Education – Disability Information & Referral

http://state.tn.us/mental/DIandR/Autism_resources.html

Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Education – Special Education Services Resource

http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/Instructional+Resources/Exceptional+Children/

Kentucky Department of Education – Programs and Services Resource/Directory

http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/HomePageRepository/Footer/Programs+and+Services+Directory.htm

Indiana

Indiana Resource Network

http://doe.in.gov/achievement/individualized-learning/Indiana-resource-network

Special Education Director and Local Administrator Contact List

http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/individualized-learning/july-2012-local-admin-contacts.xls

Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Education – Office of Special Ed Resources

http://register.mde.k12.ms.us/special_education/just_for_parents.html

Michigan

Michigan Special Education Directory (PDF)

www.osterdale.com/deafuture/resources/directory.pdf

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Special Education Team Staff Listing

www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/hmstaff.html

Services for Children with Autism

http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/autism.html

Wisconsin Autism Society – Directory of Resources         (Back to Top of Page)

http://www.asw4autism.org/resource_directory.html

Illinois

Illinois State Board of Education – Special Education Services Resource Page

http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed/

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Education- Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/DisabCateg/AutSpecDis/

Minnesota Department of Education – Special Education in the Classroom (Resources/Info)

http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/index.html

Iowa

Iowa Department of Education – Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1616:autism-and-autism-spectrum-disorders-asd&catid=811:iep

Iowa Department of Education – Iowa Autism Council – Member Information

http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1642:iowa-autism-council&catid=552:state-requirements-and-reports&Itemid=4884

The University of Iowa – Regional Autism Services Program

www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/autismservices/

Iowa Department of Education – Information for Families with Children Birth to Five Years Old

http://www.educateiowa.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1935:information-for-families-with-children-birth-to-five&catid=798:early-childhood&Itemid=4839

Missouri

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education- Public School Directory (PDF)

Missouri Public School District Contact PDF

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Office of Special Education Home Page

http://dese.mo.gov/se/

Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Education

http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/learning-services/special-education

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Education – Students with Exceptional Needs Resource

http://www.louisianaschools.net/divisions/specialp/autism.html

Louisiana Department of Education – Students with Exceptional Needs & Services for Special Needs Children         (Back to Top of Page)

www.louisianaschools.net/divisions/specialp/special_programs_services.html

Texas

Special Education Process Step-by-Step

http://www.texasprojectfirst.org/SEProcessStep.html

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Department of Education – Special Education Services Directory

http://www.ok.gov/sde/staff-directory#SpecEd

Oklahoma City Public Schools – Special Services Resource/Directory

Oklahoma City Public School Directory

Kansas

Kansas State Department of Education – Special Education Services Resource & Directory

http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=101

Kansas State Department of Education – Special Services Popular Links/Team Staff Directory

http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=3199

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Education – Special Education Directory by Region

www.education.ne.gov/sped/contact.html

Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network

http://www.unl.edu/asdnetwork/

Nebraska State Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF)

http://www.education.ne.gov/sped/technicalassist/autismstateplan.pdf

South Dakota

South Dakota Educational Resource Directory

http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/programs/EROD/org_list_by_territory.cfm?territory_cd=sd#SSE

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Education – Special Education Directory (PDF)

www.dpi.state.nd.us/speced/general/directory.pdf

North Dakota Department of Education – Special Education Department/Resources

http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/speced/

North Dakota Department of Human Services – Early Childhood Guide/Resources

http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/speced/early/guide.pdf

Montana

Montana Office of Public Instruction – Special Education School Programs Resource

http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/SpecialEd/

Montana Office of Public Instruction – Autism Education Project         (Back to Top of Page)

http://opi.mt.gov/users/dougdoty/

Wyoming

Wyoming Public School Directory – PDF File

http://www.edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/publications/2010-11WDEDirectory_F

Wyoming Department of Education – Special Ed Resource

http://www.edu.wyoming.gov/programs/special_education.aspx

Colorado

The Colorado Department of Education- Autism Information/Resources

http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/SD-Autism.asp

New Mexico

New Mexico Public Education Department – Special Education Information/Resource

http://www.ped.state.nm.us/SEB/index.html

New Mexico State Parent & Child Right to Special Education Information (PDF)

http://www.ped.state.nm.us/seb/forms/ParentRightsFinalMay2012.pdf

Arizona

Arizona Department of Education Parent Information Network

www.azed.gov/special-education/deputy-associate-superintendent/parent-information-network/

Utah

Utah State Office of Education – Autism Resource/Contact Info

http://www.schools.utah.gov/sars/Disability-Information/Disability-Categories/Autism.aspx

Utah State Office of Education – State Disability Information

http://www.schools.utah.gov/sars/DOCS/disability/autism/autism_madhistory.aspx

Idaho

Idaho K-12 School Listing Directory

www.idaho.gov/education/k12.html

Idaho Special Education Schools Statewide

www.publicschoolreview.com/state_special_education_schools/stateid/ID

Nevada

Nevada Department of Education – Special Education Directory

http://nde.doe.nv.gov/QRY_IRE_SE_SE.asp

Washington State

Washington State Special Education and Institutional Education Directory (PDF)

www.k12.wa.us/SpecialED/pubdocs/SpecialEdDirectory.pdf

State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Special Ed Resources

www.k12.wa.us/specialed/publications.aspx

State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Autism Outreach Project

http://www.k12.wa.us/SpecialEd/stateneeds/autism.aspx

Oregon

Oregon Department of Education – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Education Services

http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=184

California

California Department of Education – Services & Resources

http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/sr/

California School Directory – Search Tool (District, Department, Etc.)

www.cde.ca.gov/re/sd/

Alaska

Alaska Division of Public Health – Autism Resources Homepage

http://www.hss.state.ak.us/autism/

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development – Alaska Public Schools Database (Search Tool)

www.eed.state.ak.us/DOE_Rolodex/SchoolCalendar

Hawaii

Hawaii State Department of Education – Special Education Resource Homepage          (Back to Top of Page)

http://doe.k12.hi.us/specialeducation/index.htm

 

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