Autism Information Center
Many organizations for parents and professionals sponsor efforts
to increase education, awareness, and research about autism. They do
this through mechanisms such as congressional support, private
donations, and participation on the
Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” partners
In late 2004, CDC launched “Learn
the Signs. Act Early,” a campaign to raise awareness of the
early warning signs of developmental delay in children. Educating
the public about child development is a big task. Many
organizations, professionals, parents, and other interested people
have partnered with CDC to help spread the word across the country.
Some of the
”Learn the Signs. Act Early.” partners are listed here.
Find out how you can get involved.
American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000
pediatricians working to achieve optimal health and well-being for
all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP
website has general information, guidelines, and recommendations on
pediatric issues, including
autism, from the nation’s leading child health experts.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
Autism Society of America (ASA) is the leading source of
information and referral on autism. ASA’s 25,000 members and more
than 200 chapters promote lifelong access and opportunity for all
individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families to
help them fully participate in their communities.
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3067
Toll-free Phone: 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)
Autism Speaks was founded in 2005 by the grandparents of a child
with autism. Autism Speaks raises funds to support research;
increases public awareness about autism and its impact on
individuals, families, and society; and works with the autism
community to advocate for autism. The National Association for
Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN) have merged with
Autism Speaks under the Autism Speaks name. The website has
information about autism symptoms and treatment, publications,
videos, and links to other organizations that deal with autism.
2 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
First Signs, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization that
works to educate parents and professionals about early
identification and intervention for children at risk for
developmental delays and disorders, including autism. First Signs
aims to ensure the best developmental outcome for every child by
improving screening and referral practices and promoting awareness
about various aspects of development. The website has information
about development; a guide that walks you through each stage of the
screening, referral, and diagnostic process; listings of local and
national resources; and links to research, books, articles, and
P.O. Box 358
Merrimac, MA 01860
Organization for Autism Research was founded in 2001 by a group
of parents and grandparents of children with autism. OAR funds and
commissions studies and communicates current scientific findings to
the autism community. Its website has information on upcoming events
and current autism research, and it links the autism community,
including potential research candidates, with prospective
researchers and research institutions.
2000 North 14th Street, Suite 480
Arlington, VA 22201
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
External Partners Group
External Partners Group is a coalition of government and private
sector organizations who work together to enhance the mission and
activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities. Some of them are also partners in the “Learn the
Signs. Act Early.” campaign.
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September 27, 2007
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental