- STATE AND FEDERAL REPORTS ON AUTISM TREATMENTS The National Autism Center, www.nationalautismcenter.org.
The US Government has issued Mental Health: A Report by the Surgeon General, validating the research supporting ABA as the leading treatment for autism. The report concludes that “thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.”
- ABA RELATED LINKS
Association for Behavior Analysis. This international professional organization’s Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) has articulated “Guidelines for Consumers of Applied Behavior Analysis Services to Individuals with Autism.”The Association for Science in Autism Treatment, www.asatonline.org. Their mission is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism. Their site contains extensive information resources, including information about upcoming conferences. Sign up for their excellent free newsletter.The Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) is a nonprofit corporation established to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. At their web site you can learn about the academic and training requirements for certification, and find a list of certified professionals.The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that promotes practical, evidence-based applications of behavioral science in the home, school, and the workplace.
Autism Spectrum News (ASN) is a quarterly publication that distinguishes itself from many autism resources available in print and on the internet by focusing strictly on evidence-based treatments and practices that have been studied in clinical trials and research studies by members of the scientific community. In keeping with this philosophy, ASN works with some of the autism community’s leading minds in the areas of science, treatment, education and advocacy. They have volunteered to serve on ASN’s Editorial Board, and review the content in each issue before it goes to print. To subscribe to ASN, or view archived issues online, go to: http://www.mhnews-autism.org/index.html
- LEGAL AND ADVOCACY LINKS
Disclaimer: None of this information is intended as “legal advice” or to endorse any individual or company.The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (better known as “P & A”) is an independent state agency, created to safeguard and advance the rights of people with disabilities. Part of a nationwide network of P&A systems, it operates under both state and federal mandates. In some states (like Iowa and Pennsylvania), P&A has provided legal assistance to parents pursuing ABA services for their children.
- www.mayerslaw.com is maintained by attorney Garry Mayerson, who first became involved with educational rights and developmental disabilities when seeking appropriate educational services for his son. The site contains information about advocacy and due process, as well as descriptions of leading court cases and pertinent statutes.
- The website www.wrightslaw.com is maintained by attorney Pete Wright. His company publishes a broad range of practical and affordable books and other materials pertaining to advocacy for children with disabilities.
- The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is an independent non-profit organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents. It was established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.