by Lisa Metlak
http://www.angelfire.com/ky/touristinfo/. It has many good links to helpful ideas of how to live with an autistic person, how to help an autistic person and how to survive the stress that comes with loving an autistic person.
I remembered one item in particular that we found through this website that made me and Steven cry: Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley. I have attached that to this e-mail. It has become the motto of a lot of parents of disabled children, with autism or other disabilities.
The Autism Society of America (http://www.autism-society.org/) has explanations of the conditions on the autistic spectrum so parents and advocates can better understand how to help children with autism.
Autism Speaks (http://www.autismspeaks.org) has a fabulous website complete with helpful ideas and resources by state. This advocacy group has been a booming voice for proper diagnosis, treatment and acceptance of people along the autistic spectrum.
Another organization with an online presence that helps parents of disabled children connect with agencies that can help them is The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (http://nichcy.org/). This website provides information on disabilities and much more information such as the rights of a disabled child and the laws governing early intervention services and special education. They even have a State Resource Sheet that gives the names and contact information for agencies that help parents find help in their state.
After talking to other parents, one thing became clear to me: most of the organizations that help parents are local or state-specific agencies. Many parents spent hours and days trying to find an organization where they could learn how to help their child. Contacting the Special Education Department of the local school helped the parents, as did finding other parents who had special needs children.