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Autism Resources

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The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) helps people with Asperger's or similar autism spectrum disorders and neurodiverse profiles build meaningful, connected lives. They provide individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy.  

Asperger/Autism Spectrum Education Network (ASPEN) provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD) with education, support, and advocacy. ASPEN offers information and research on ASD, resources, and monthly chapter meetings for support and information sharing as well as guest speaker presentations.

The Autism Society of Florida (an affiliate of the national Autism Society) strives to assure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for people across the autism spectrum. The society offers individuals, families, and professionals information on autism throughout the lifespan, resources and support groups, and initiatives for advocacy and training.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. This is carried out through advocacy and support, increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism, and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks offers information specifically for those experiencing a new autism diagnosis.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related conditions. The CARD website provides information that connects families to local, state, and federal agencies, support groups, and training on how to work effectively with individuals with autism and related conditions.

The Dan Marino Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with Miami Children’s Hospital to create the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center. The center is a comprehensive evaluation and treatment center for children with autism and other special needs. 

The Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Consumer Services hosts a website for individuals with ASD and their families. This website offers resources and support on insurance policies and benefits available to individuals diagnosed with ASD. 

The US Autism Association's mission is to provide opportunity for all individuals on the autism spectrum to achieve their fullest potential. The association works towards their goal by expanding and enriching the autism community through education, training, resources, and connection to support for individuals and their families.

Support Groups:        

Autism Society of Greater Orlando

Florida Autism Center

My Autism Connection Inc.

Parenting Asperger’s Community