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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.

The 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
Phone: 847-434-4000
Fax: 847-434-8000

The 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
Phone: 301-65-.0881
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
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-252-8584
Fax: 212-252-8676
Web Address:,

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 programs nationwide.
P.O. Box 358
Merrimac, MA 01860
Phone: 978-346-4380
Fax: 978-346-4638

The nonprofit 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
Phone: 703-243-9710

 National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
 External Partners Group

The 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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Date: September 27, 2007
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities


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