Autism Resources by State

This is comprehensive guide to local state agencies that can help you with autism. In addition there is help

Resources by State

Public Agencies

State Education Department

State Developmental Disabilities Council

University Affiliated Programs (UAPs)

Protection and Advocacy Agency and Client Assistance Program

Resources for finding Employment

Other Resources for Autism

Autism Resources by State
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Washington DC

Public Agencies 


One of the best resources for finding help for your child with a disability is your local school district  (sometimes called Local Education Agency).  If  your child has already begun school and you think your child needs special services, we suggest that you begin by discussing your concerns with your child’s teacher or school principal. If your child is an infant, we suggest that you refer to your  State Resource Guide and contact the office listed for Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages birth through 2 years, or  programs for ages 3 through 5 years. Ask for the Child Find Coordinator in your community.

 State Education Department 


The State Department staff can answer questions about special education and related services in your state. Many states have special manuals explaining the steps to take. Check to see if one is available. State Department officials are responsible for special education and related services programs in their state for preschool, elementary, and secondary age children. Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities. For current information concerning this, please contact the office listed under STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION.

 State Developmental Disabilities Council 


Assisted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities, state councils plan and advocate for improvement in services for people with developmental disabilities.

 University Affiliated Programs (UAPs) 


A national network of programs affiliated with universities and teaching hospitals, UAPs provide interdisciplinary training for professionals and paraprofessionals and offer programs and services for children with disabilities and their families. Individual UAPs have staff with expertise in a variety of areas and can provide information, technical assistance, and in service training to agencies, service providers, parent groups, and others. You can obtain information about University Affiliated Programs, as well as a listing of all UAPs, by contacting: 

American Association of University Affiliated Programs for 
Persons with Developmental Disabilities (AAUAP) 
8630 Fenton Street 
Suite 410 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 
(301) 588-8252       27.73 

Protection and Advocacy Agency and Client Assistance Program 


Protection and Advocacy systems are responsible for pursuing legal, administrative, and other remedies to protect the rights of people who have developmentally disabilities or mental illness, regardless of their age. Protection and Advocacy agencies may provide information about health, residential, and social services in your area. Legal assistance is also available. The Client Assistance Program provides assistance to individuals seeking and receiving vocational rehabilitation services. These services, provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, include assisting in the pursuit of legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies to insure the protection of the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. 


RESOURCES FOR FINDING EMPLOYMENT 

Some agencies/ organizations in your state which may be helpful in your search are:  Your state’s Department of Vocational Rehabilitation or “VR Department”  is a public agency which assists individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment. You can find your state Vocational Rehabilitation agency in our state search, or in the government pages of your local phone book. 


If your child is still in school and you want to investigate vocational education, you may contact your state’s Office of Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities. This office is within the Department of Education and can give you information on current vocational programs. Many universities operate a federally funded program call UAPs or University Affiliated Programs that provide information and services to persons with disabilities and their families. Each program is different. If you can’t find your area UAP in our search , contact 
 American Association of University Affiliated Programs, 
 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 410 Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803 (301) 588-8252 (Voice) 

 Developmental Disability Planning Councils can provide you with details on existing disability related organizations in your state. Available information offered by the DD Council will vary state-to-state. 

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