The following links provide helpful information, resources, advocacy, and research about a myriad of topics related to autism spectrum disorders.

Autism Society of America

Autism Society LogoAutism Society of America Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. ASA does this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the life span, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. To learn more about the Autism Society of America.

Autism Speaks

Autims Speaks LogoAutism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society and raising the funds necessary to support these goals. To learn more about Autism Speaks.

Centers for Disease Control: Learn the Early Signs. Act Early

Centers for Disease Control LogoLearn the Signs. Act Early." is a new public awareness campaign launched by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners to increase the understanding of developmental milestones and the importance of acting early when a possible delay is noticed. The earlier a child with a developmental delay receives appropriate assessment and intervention, the more likely the child is to reach full potential. To learn more about Learn the Signs

First Signs

picture of child - logo for first signs.orgFirst Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about autism and related disorders. Of particular interest is the ASD Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

First Steps

first steps logoFirst Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities. Families can contact their county First Steps Office for more information by calling toll free: 1-866-583-2392. To learn more about First Steps.

Harvard Project on Disability: "We Have Human Rights"

seal of Harvard UniversityThe Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. HPOD works to empower all people to use the United Nations Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities to develop fully equitable societies. HPOD has published a handbook with an easy to read explanation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. To download the handbook.

TouchPoint Autism Services

logo of TouchPoint Autism ServicesTouchPoint Autism Services offers a full range of services and supports to children and adults with autism and their families. Programs and services at TouchPoint Autism Services are based upon a client-centered philosophy that offers progress towards as much personal freedom and fulfillment as each person with an autism spectrum disorder can achieve. TouchPoint Autism Services is a vehicle by which individuals with autism spectrum disorders continue to learn – and to become independent, productive, contributing members of their communities. Learn more about the TouchPoint Autism Services.

Interactive Autism Network

IAN logoIAN, the Interactive Autism Network, is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by linking researchers and families. Anyone impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can become part of IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research, provide feedback, and make their voices heard. To learn more about IAN.

MU-Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Thompson Center Logo573-882-6081 or 1-888-720-0015

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center

Cardinal Glennon Logo314- 577-5609

Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics Developmental and Behavioral Sciences Kansas City

Children's Mercy Logo1-816-234-3674

Mercy Kids Autism Center



Washington University School of Medicine Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center

Washington University Logo314-286-1700

Missouri Autism Projects

Mo Autism Projects LogoThe Department of Mental Health's Division of Developmental Disabilities funds five regional autism projects that collectively provide services to approximately 2700 families statewide. Individuals are referred to the autism projects through their regional office. The programs and services are designed to assist in skill development of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and provide needed training and support for families. For contact information and enrollment.

Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MO-FEAT)

MO FEAT LogoMO-FEAT is an organization of parents and professionals throughout Missouri with headquarters in St. Louis. Their mission is to provide advocacy, education, and support for families and the autism community and to support early diagnosis and effective autism treatment. For more information about MO-FEAT.

Project Access

Project Access logoProject ACCESS provides autism resource information to public schools in the form of on-site and telephone consultations, as well as support via internet. In addition, Project ACCESS designs autism specific professional development opportunities and trains professional credentialed individuals to present these courses through Missouri's Regional Professional Development Centers. These trainings are offered to Missouri school district staff and educators who work with youngsters ages 0-21 years, who experience Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disabilities. On-site child specific consultations can be arranged through the use of Missouri Autism Consultants and district staff can be trained to be In-district Autism Consultants. For more information about Project Access.

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