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Missouri Autism Resources
Missouri Autism Resources
If your child has autism, you know treatments, schools, therapy tools and all the special items your child may need can quickly deplete your bank account. If you live in Missouri, check below for local, statewide and national organizations, government agencies, and other resources that may be able to provide financial, emotional and other support.
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- Autism Center, Southeast Missouri State University
Driven by the knowledge that children’s outcomes and families’ lives are greatly improved with earlier diagnosis and treatment of ASDs, one of the Initiative’s key goals was to work from the most current research to facilitate the critical first step
- Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders | University of Missouri
Since its launch in 2005, the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri has become a national leader in confronting the challenges of autism and other developmental conditions through its collaborative
- Columbia mom applies for Pepsi grant to support children with autism - Columbia Missourian
Hope McPheeters applied for a $25,000 Pepsi Refresh Everything Grant. If approved, she plans to start Ella's Hope Foundation, which would give scholarships to pay for therapy for children on the autism spectrum.
Number of children in US with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
1 in 110
Kansas City, Missouri
- The Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City Website
The Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City is a bi-state community organization comprised of dedicated individuals committed to the development of a network of resources targeted toward fostering an informed community that facilitates the independenc
- Kansas City Autism Training Center (KcATC)
The mission of the Kansas City Autism Training Center (KcATC) is to provide professional, research-based intervention, training and education for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.
- Walk Now for Autism Speaks: Kansas City
Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now fo
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
- Families Living with Autism
Monthly "Mom's time out" meetings in evenings and daytime. E-mail and Phone support. Resource sharing, and networking. Informal, laid back discussions.
- Missouri Autism Project Registry
The goal of the Missouri Autism Project Registry is to provide a comprehensive information resource that will direct Missouri state policies and service decisions; provide families and health care providers with supportive, relevant autism informatio
- Project ACCESS
Project ACCESS provides autism resource information to public schools in the form of on-site and telephone consultations, as well as support via internet. In addition, Project ACCESS designs autism specific professional development opportunities and
- The Arc of the Ozarks
The Arc now provides a wide array of services ranging from residential, employment, community integration, day programming and recreation services. Now an agency serving 700 individuals in ten Southwest Missouri counties, it is positioned to support
- Giant Steps of St. Louis
Giant Steps is a specialized school and therapy program for children with autism spectrum disorders. Giant Steps is certified to provide autism education by the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Education and approved as an autism therapy provider
- St. Louis Aspergers
Saint Louis Aspergers is a support group for children with Aspergers and their parents
- National Autism Association of Eastern Missouri
Missouri chapter of the National Autism Association.
New Study for Adults With Autism
People hear about children with Autism, but we seem to forget that it never goes away and adults live with Autism, too. University of Notre Dame Professor John Duffy' is writing a book about history of autism and wishes to "include the voices, experiences, and perspectives of adult men and women with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome." According to Dr. Duffy's faculty profile, his academic specialty is "historical development of literacy and rhetoric in cross-cultural contexts" with a special interest in Autism as he has an autistic son. If you would like your voice to heard, and you were born between 1945 and 1995, please contact Dr. Duffy.
338 Decio Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Statewide - Missouri
- Autism Insurance FAQ
Missouri's new autism insurance law - frequently asked questions from the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration. For further questions, contact the hotline at (800) 726-7390 or the local number (573)
- Department of Health and Senior Services : Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Program provides assistance for children birth to age 21 who meet financial and medical eligibility guidelines. This program focuses on early identification of children with special needs;
- Missouri Autism Coalition
Provides advocacy, events, legislation, and more.
- Missouri Department of Mental Health : Division of Developmental Disabilities
Working side by side with individuals, families, agencies, and diverse communities, the Department of Mental Health establishes philosophy, policies, standards, and quality outcomes for prevention, education, habilitation, rehabilitation, and treatme
- MOFEAT - Missouri Families for Effective Autism Treatment
An organization of parents and professionals throughout Missouri with headquarters in St. Louis. Our mission is to provide advocacy, education, and support for families and the autism community and to support early diagnosis and effective autism trea
- Navigating Autism Services : A Community Guide for Missouri
Created by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Provides information and resources available in Missouri.
- Sharing Our Strengths
Sharing Our Strengths (SOS) is a division of the Missouri Developmental Disability Resource Center (MODDRC). The MODDRC is a network of support options, providing information, peer support, and volunteer opportunities, so that individuals with develo
- TouchPoint Autism Services
Adult services, assessments, clinical therapies, consultation, educational services, individual support, residential services, social groups, support groups, training. Offices in Columbia, Cape Girardeau, Springfield, Joplin and St. Louis.
- First Steps
Missouri's Early Intervention system for infants and toddlers, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities.
Our mission is to ensure that all children with special needs receive an education which allows them to achieve their personal goals.
- Special Olympics Missouri
Mission : to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with mental disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, expe
- Missouri Governor's Council on Disability
The Missouri Disability Portal is provided by the Governor's Council on Disability and is designed to connect the public with national, state and local disability resources according to their inquiries and interests.
- Missouri Assistive Technology Advisory Council
Mission : to increase access to assistive technology for Missourians with all types of disabilities, of all ages.
- People First of Missouri
People First of Missouri is a statewide organization formed by, run by and which exists for persons with developmental disabilities. Currently there are over 40 chapters across the state of Missouri with approximately 1,000 members.
- Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council
The independent living movement is based on the philosophy that people with all types ofdisabilities should have the same civil rights as those without disabilities. They have a right tocontrol their lives, based on a choice of options that minimizes
- Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation ~ Homepage
Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (MDVR) operates under the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE). The Division is made up of three core programs: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Disability Determination Serv
- Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative: For Families
The words “autism spectrum disorder” are frightening for a family to hear. But the fact is that early diagnosis and treatment of ASDs can often improve a child’s ability to learn, socialize, and build a productive life. That’s why a panel of parents
- Autism Society of America
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 appr
- Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) - Assistive Technology Works!
FCTD is a national center that offers free information resources on the subject of assistive technology to support organizations and programs that work with families of children with disabilities.
- National Autism Center
The National Autism Center is one of May Institute's centers for service, training, and research. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, pro
- Autism is Treatable : Autism Research Institute
For more than 40 years, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) has devoted its work to conducting research and to disseminating the results of research on the triggers of autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating autism. We provide research-based
- Unlocking Autism
Unlocking Autism was founded in February of 1999 by two mothers and a grandmother who came together for one primary purpose - to obtain information about how to help children with autism and to get that information as quickly as possible to the paren
- National Autism Association
National Autism Association advocates, educates, and empowers those affected by autism spectrum disorders. We will advocate on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We will raise public and professional awareness of autism spectrum d
- Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
An international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and other special needs.
- Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN)
ASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with education, support and advocacy
Autism Research and Information
- Autism Speaks : 100 Day Kit
A tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they need in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis.
- CDC - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASDs) - NCBDDD
Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Provides information on signs, symptoms, diagnosis, free materials, research, & more.
- IACC - Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
- Service Dog Central : Autism Service Dogs
Information about service dogs for adults with autism.
Adults With Autism
Children with autism are often in the news, but rarely do we hear about adults with autism. The disorder does not magically disappear at the age of 21, so what happens when these children grow up?
Are you or someone in your family on the Spectrum? Do you have any advice for others who are effected by Autism? Do you know of a program that should be added?