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Support Organizations for Parents of Kids with Autism

Support Organizations for Parents of Kids with Autism

Published: Dec. 7, 2022Updated: Mar. 20, 2024

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Check out our list of organizations in California and nationwide that provide support to families raising kids with autism.

National autism support organizations

  • AutismOne: “AutismOne is a nonprofit organization dedicated to all that is autism. AutismOne is here to support a parent when you are searching questions about autism, medicine, nutrition, schooling, social skills, recreation, and more. AutismOne has access to a variety of resources to connect you with, whether they are doctors, specialists, or parents, who have successfully experienced improvements. Or AutismOne can simply listen. We are all in this together.”

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “The CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on autism, search for factors that put children at risk for autism and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with autism as early as possible.”

  • National Autism Association: “The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.”

  • Autism Society of America: “The Autism Society of America 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. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of affiliates.”

  • Autism Research Institute: The Autism Research Institute “supports the health and well-being of people affected by autism through innovative, impactful research and education.”

  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network: “The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!”

  • The Arc: The Arc’s mission is “promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.”

  • Color of Autism: Color of Autism is a non-profit organization committed to educating and assisting African American families with Autistic children. Their goal is to help families identify the warning signs of autism early on and start to overturn disparities by helping African-Americans with autism reach their full potential. They empower families with information on autism that they can use to advocate for services for their child.

California autism support organizations

  • Autism Society California: The Autism Society of California works to connect all members of the autism community with support 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, support and advocacy.”

  • The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: This group works “to provide hope and help to children, teens, young adults, adolescents, and their families living with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders through excellent clinical care, innovative research, quality education and training, and community engagement.”

  • Autism + Moms SoCal and Beyond: This is an “online support group for parents and family members of children and other family members who have autism and other related disorders.”

  • LA FEAT: “Families for Early Autism Treatment, Inc. (FEAT) is a non-profit organization of parents, family members, and treatment professionals, designed to help families with children of all ages who have autism. It offers a network of support where families can meet each other to discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options. FEAT has a Board of Directors that meets monthly to discuss issues, establish priorities, and vote on the direction of the organization.”

  • California Autism Foundation: “The mission of the California Autism Foundation is to provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training and assistance to help them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity and fulfillment.”

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Adelina SarkisyanUndivided Writer and Editor

A writer, editor, and poet with an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, and an MSW from the University of Southern California. Her fiction, poetry, and content have appeared in various mediums, digital and in print. A former therapist for children and teens, she is passionate about the intersection of storytelling and the human psyche. Adelina was born in Armenia, once upon a time, and is a first-generation immigrant daughter. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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