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Resources

The Virginia Autism Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Visit the following Web sites to learn more about how you can support and guide people with autism spectrum disorders.

Resource Categories

VARC partners

  • Grafton Inc. – A multi-service organization that provides services to children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders

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Virginia information and referral

Consultation and technical assistance

Autism Society of America – Virginia chapters

  • Central Virginia chapter – This ASA chapter serves the areas of Amelia, Chesterfield, Charles City, Richmond, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Petersburg, and Powhatan
  • Northern Virginia chapter – This ASA chapter serves the areas of Alexandria, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William
  • Peninsula chapter – This ASA chapter serves the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk
  • Tidewater chapter – This ASA chapter serves the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Suffolk

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Education services

Infants and toddlers

School-aged children (3 to 22 years old)

Private schools

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State agencies

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Home and community-based services

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Medical information

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Information and advocacy

  • Asperger’s syndrome – Provides information on Asperger’s syndrome
  • Autism Society of America – National autism advocacy organization that works to improve the lives of all affected by autism
  • Autism Speaks Autism advocacy organization that works to fund research and raise public awareness
  • National Autism Association – Autism advocacy organization that works to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders
  • Organization for Autism Research – Organization’s guidebook offers information on autism, including research and resources related to appropriate service delivery
  • Education of Children with Autism – The Executive Summary from the study conducted by the National Research Council, Education of Children with Autism (National Academies Press, 2001)

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Instructional strategies

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Identification and diagnosis

  • First Hundred Days Kit – This website provides a kit for parents who have children newly diagnosed with ASD
  • First Signs – This website provides information regarding the early signs of ASD
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – American Academy of Pediatrics brochure on the characteristics of ASD
  • National Standards Project – The National Standards Project is a set of standards being developed by the National Autism Center outlining effective, research-validated education and behavioral intervention for individuals with ASD

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Family support groups

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Recommended books

Ball, J. (2008). Autism and Early Intervention: Real-life questions, real-life answers. Arlington, Texas: Future Horizons, Inc.

Biel, L., & Peske, N. (2005). Raising a sensory smart child: The definitive handbook for helping your child with sensory integration issues. New York: Penguin Books.

Bondy, A. & Frost, L. (2002). A picture’s worth: PECS and other visual communication strategies in autism. Bethesda, Maryland: Woodbine House.

Exkorn, K.S. (2006). The autism sourcebook: Everything you need to know about diagnosis, treatment, coping, and healing. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers.

Grandin, Temple. (1995). Thinking in pictures and other reports from my life with autism. New York: Doubleday.

Greenspan, S., & Wieder, S. (2006). Engaging autism. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Perseus Books.

Harris, S. L., & Wiess, M. J. (2007). Right from the start: Behavioral intervention for young children with autism. Bethesda, Maryland: Woodbine House.

Hodgdon, L. (2003). Visual strategies for improving communication. Troy, Michigan: Quick Roberts Publishing.

Janzen, J. (2003). Understanding the nature of autism: A guide to the autism spectrum disorders.  Austin, Texas: Hammill Institute on Disabilities.

Koegel, R., and Koegel, L. (2006). Pivotal response treatments for autism:  Communication, social and academic development. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing Co.

Koegel, L., and Lazebnik, C. (2004). Overcoming autism. New York: Penguin Publishing.

Kranowitz, C. (2005). The out-of-sync child. New York: Berkeley Publishing.

Kranowitz, C. (2003). The out-of-sync child has fun. New York: Berkeley Publishing.

Lieberman, L.A. (2005). A “stranger” among us: Hiring in-home support for a child with autism spectrum disorders or other neurological differences. Shawnee Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

National Research Council (Ed.). (2001). Educating children with autism. Washington, D.C: National Academy Press.

Notbohm, E., & Zysk, V. (2004). 1001 great ideas for teaching and raising children with autism spectrum disorders. Arlington, Texas: Future Horizons.

Notbohn, E. (2005). Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew. Arlington, Texas: Future Horizons.

Quill, K. A. (2000). Do-watch-listen-say: Social and communication intervention for children with autism. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing Co.

Savner, J.L., & Myles, B.S. (2000). Making visual supports work in the home and community: Individuals with autism and asperger syndrome. Shawnee Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Siegel, B. (2003). Helping children with autism learn: Treatment approaches for parents and professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.

Smith, M. (2001). Teaching play skills to children with autistic spectrum disorder.  New York: DRL Books.

Vicker, B. (2007). Sharing information about your child with autism spectrum disorders: What do respite or alternative caregivers need to know? Shawnee Mission, Kansas: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.

Weiss, M. J., & Harris, S. L. (2001). Reaching out, joining in: Teaching social skills to young children with autism. Bethesda, Maryland: Woodbine House.

Wetherby, A., & Prizant, B. (2000). Autism spectrum disorders: A transactional developmental perspective. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing.

Wiseman, N. (2006). The first year: Autism spectrum disorders: An essential guide for the newly diagnosed child. Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press.

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