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Crisis Services

ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.

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Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America (ASA) has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. They provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through their strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Their website includes general information about autism, living with autism, ways to get involved, resources related to public policy and more.

ASA Home Page

Resources and Publications

Living with Autism Series

Designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, friends and concerned professionals. This series includes guides on:

    • Building Our Future: Educating Students on the Autism Spectrum
    • Next Steps: A Guide for Families New to Autism
    • Growing Up Together (For School-Aged Peers)
    • Growing Up Together (For Middle School-Aged Peers)
    • Supporting Appropriate Behavior in Students with Asperger’s
    • Preparing to Experience College Living
    • Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum
    • Siblings Perspectives: Guidelines for Parents
    • Establishing Positive Sleep Patterns for Children on the Autism Spectrum
    • Transition- Preparing for a Lifetime
    • Transition Across Grade Levels
    • Transition to Middle School
    • Moving from Preschool to Kindergarten: Planning for a Successful Transition and New Relationships

Serving Victims of Crime

The Autism Society Addresses Needs of Crime Victims with Autism – As part of its Crime Victims with Autism Assistance, Education, and Training Program, a project funded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, the Autism Society has created a series of fact sheets and brochures to assist crime victim assistance professionals, families, and individuals with autism. A 2007 Autism Society survey of individuals with autism and their families revealed that 35% of individuals with autism have been the victim of a crime and the Autism Society is taking steps to help communities and professionals provide crime victim assistance.

    • If You Are a Victim of Crime
    • Autism Information for Advocates, Attorneys, and Judges
    • Autism Information for Child Abuse Counselors
    • Autism Information for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselors
    • Information for Law Enforcement and First Responders
    • Autism Information for Paramedics and Emergency Room Staff
    • Autism Information for Social Workers and Counselors
    • If Your Loved One is a Victim of Crime

Informational Brochures

    • Puzzle of Autism
    • The National Crisis in Adult Services For Individuals with Autism: A Call to Action
    • What is Autism?
    • Que es Autismo? (Spanish language brochure)
    • Autismo (Spanish language brochure)

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