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AEA Autism Resource Teams
Autism resource teams provide a variety of services to building level teams, AEAs, parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, and community providers. Contact your local AEA for referral and services.
The Iowa Autism Council acts in an advisory capacity to the state in developing and implementing a comprehensive, coordinated system to provide appropriate diagnostic, intervention, and support services for children with autism and to meet the unique needs of adults with autism.
Regional Autism Assistance Program - The mission of the Regional Autism Assistance Program (RAP) is to coordinate educational, medical and other services and supports for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families, and providers. RAP teams provide regional screenings for toddlers and youth, and coordinate referrals for assessment and diagnostic services. In addition, RAP maintains an ASD research base, coordinates in-service training, provides technical assistance, provides consultation and provides information and referral. The RAP is coordinated with the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Autism Society Iowa - The mission of the Autism Society of Iowa is to provide advocacy, support and information to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families, professionals, and communities throughout the state of Iowa.
The Autism Society of Iowa is an integral part and affiliate of a nationwide association, the Autism Society, that has provided accurate information about autism since its inception in the early 1970s.
Iowa Autism Society Chapters:
- Autism Society East Central Iowa Chapter (Cedar Rapids)
- Autism Society Iowa Chapter (West Des Moines)
- Autism Society Quad Cities Chapter (Bettendorf)
Early ACCESS - No two children develop, grow and learn in the same way or at same pace. However, children do develop in certain predictable ways. If you have questions or concerns about how your infant or toddler plays, hears, sees, talks, eats or moves, contact Early ACCESS. Early ACCESS is for families with young children, birth to age 3. Early ACCESS works with families to identify child and family needs, determine if the child is eligible for Early ACCESS early intervention services, coordinate services, learn new information and discover what works best for each child.
First Signs - First Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders. The organization aims to educate parents, healthcare providers, early childhood educators, and other professionals to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child. Their goals are to improve screening and referral practices and to lower the age at which young children are identified with developmental delays and disorders.
The First Signs website provides a wealth of vital resources, covering a range of issues: from monitoring development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to sharing concerns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible. Their website includes information for parents, educators and medical professionals to address early recognition, screening, diagnosis and treatment options.
The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - A multi-university center to promoting the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Evidence-based intervention practices (EBPs) for children with ASD are the basis on which effective programs are built. In 2010, the NPDC conducted a review of the literature (from 1997-2007) and identified 24 EBPs. The center has just completed an expanded and updated review, which yielded a total of 27 practices. The report of the 2014 review is now available in PDF format that can be accessed from their website.
The National Autism Center - A nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities. In 2009, the National Autism Center completed the National Standards Project to establish a set of standards for effective, research-validated educational and behavioral interventions for children on the spectrum. These standards identify treatments that effectively target the core symptoms of ASD. Early in 2015, the National Autism Center will release a review and analysis of treatments for ASD based on research conducted in the field from 2007 to 2012. This will provide an update to the current empirical treatment literature (as published in the National Standards Report in 2009) and will include studies evaluating treatments for adults (22+), which have never been systematically evaluated before now.
Autism Internet Modules (AIM) – AIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. AIM modules are available at no cost.
Autism Society - The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about 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.
Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism.
Interacting with Autism - A video-based website that presents the most reliable evidence-based information currently available on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The website is designed primarily for those on the spectrum and their families, as well as educators and healthcare workers, to help them make informed choices about what approaches might be most effective for any specific individual diagnosed with autism. By making this information accessible and documenting how it is currently being used by actual families, the website strives to offer hope about what is possible for those on the spectrum. We are especially interested in reaching families from ethnic communities and economic groups who are usually under-served and whose children typically do not receive early diagnosis. For that reason, the website is bilingual - accessible both in English and Spanish.