Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a range of pervasive development disorders that adversely affect a student’s functioning and results in the need for specially designed instruction and related services.
Autism Society of America - The Autism Society of America promotes community access and opportunity for all individuals and their families within the autism spectrum. Its mission is education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of research.
Autism Information Center of the National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disorders (a division of the Centers for Disease Control) provides useful links with general information about autism, activities of the CDC in this area, other federal and state autism activities funded by the CDC, and a Kids' Quest (Internet search) on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
FSU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) serves both children and adults with autism spectrum disorders who experience all levels of intellectual functioning. The primary focus is to provide an individualized, direct response to the needs of these individuals and their families. The CARD website contains information about available training and local support groups.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.