I imagine if you’re searching for information about autism, ‘lucky’ is probably not the word you’d use to describe your feelings at the moment. For those new to autism spectrum disorders though, I wonder if you realize how lucky you are to begin your search for information at a time when resources are growing exponentially?
I just read about another resource that will soon be available – the first Global Autism Center in Israel. The purpose is to have a site in which research can be conducted with global collaboration and reach.
The New York based charity; International Center for Autism Research and Education (ICare4autism) will acquire the campus of Bezalel Academy of Art. They will convert it in 2013 to include a state-of-the-art research facility, a university-level school of autism studies, a model school to apply the latest research to students with ASD and a foundation to support education and treatment worldwide.
The Autism Society just announced collaboration with The Arc (an organization that has been serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the U.S. since the 1950s in The Autism NOW Center. Read more about this new resource.
For years, families have fought for financial support and in 2010, several states enacted autism insurance reform bills as part of the federal health care reform law in the United States.
The number of organizations and conferences that are now available throughout the world on research, education, and treatment continues to grow. It is no longer a Westernized issue.
Countries around the world are joining the international community in helping to bring autism awareness and services around the world. In 2007, the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring April 2nd Autism Awareness Day. Visit Autism Support and Autism-India as just a couple of examples of where to get resources in your country. For those more academically inclined, visit The International Society for Autism Research
The online resources are beyond what most people could have dreamed of even 5 years ago. I know, there are a lot of shams and claims online that do not help promote and in fact, detract from real growth and information, but the resources that are available far out way the ‘junk.’
Perspectives from individuals on the autism spectrum abound in blogs, books, conference presentations and You Tube clips.
I know there are still many people who are can’t seem to find the information they are looking for or the resources and services they need. But, hopefully, with all the new research looking at everything from genetics to environment, biology to neurology, medical to social, and the list goes on… everyone will find what they are looking for and each person will come to accept or change according to their own values and needs.
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