Whether you're learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Downs Syndrome, or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) for the first time, or just looking for ways to expand your knowledge, here are some organizations and resources that can help!
Open Doors Now! works with Asperger's and High Functioning Autism Students, Families, and Teachers, providing both education and support. People with Asperger’s or mild autism have communication, sensory, and social difficulties that can make life difficult for them, their families, and their educators. But there are ways we can help. We can give our children/teens/young adults the tools they need to open doors in the walls that separate them from their peers, family, and the rest of the world. And we can make sure our society is ready to meet them.
The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do 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 lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
The primary mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles is to enhance the welfare of people with Down syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs.
Though Loma Linda University’s PossAbilities sponsors our group, we do not require any membership affiliated with PossAbilities or charge to attend. We are simply a group of parents looking to support other parents in our community, as well as provide each other with resources for all things related to autism.
Books and Website Resources
We know that working with children with special needs can be a challenge. Our Abilitations mission is to provide therapists, educators and parents with the best practice products and solutions possible to ensure success.