Wednesday, April 4, 2018

15 Empowering Resources for Persons of ALL Ages with Autism

As many of our blog readers may know, April is World Autism Month. It is a dedicated time to help raise awareness for autism and the 1 in 68 children as well as the many adults challenged with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). You may also know that when provided with appropriate resources and family as well as community support, persons challenged with the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders can live productive lives and in many cases thrive within their supportive communities.

It is important to also keep in mind that the right tools, strategies and resources can significantly improve one’s learning success, too, especially when reading and learning can be difficult for someone with autism, ADHD, dyslexia or other issues. If you or someone you know is challenged with an ASD, however, the significance of those tools, strategies and resources may be even more important in efforts to improve the quality of life. You may already know about physical and digital tools that effectively help challenged, unfocused readers with autism and sensory issues. A FREE list of reading and learning strategies to help persons of any age with autism (and other issues, too) can be found here.

For this article, we wanted to address the third component---resources that can actually help to EMPOWER children and adults with autism to become more confident, more socially interactive and better able to overcome their obstacles. In our efforts to write this article, we have received the assistance of Ms. Kathleen Carter, a high-school student with autism who has been a volunteer-intern-extraordinaire at EducatorLabs. She assisted the organization with its research and outreach activities.

Ms. Carter kindly provided the first six empowering resources in our list included here. We want to thank her for these good resources for autism. We have added a few more links to the list and hope that because of our combined efforts, these resources may help you or others you know in the autism community to feel empowered to become more confident, more comfortable in social situations and more independent in overcoming the challenges of autism---each and every day!

Empowering Resources for Persons with Autism

1. Autism Speaks Resource Guide

2. Career Assistance for People with Autism

3. National Center for Autism Resources & Education

4. AutismNOW Transition Planning

5. Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism

6. Autism Services

7. Equine Therapy Programs for Children with Autism

8. Autism Resources from Easter Seals

9. Family Grant Opportunities (for Therapy, Assistive Technology, etc.)

10. Resources - Solutions to Problems in the Autism Community-US Autism & Asperger Association

11. BEST Apps for Sensory Processing Issues (iPad, Android and Desktop Apps)

12. BEST Apps for Autism(iPad, Android and Desktop Apps)

13. NEW Reading Focus Cards App for Windows 10 PCs (via Windows Store)

14. NEW Reading Focus Cards App for Windows XP, 7, 8 & 10 PCs (via
Click on drop down to version preferred.

15. Physical Reading Focus Cards Tools for Challenged Readers
(For Reading Actual Books & Documents)

For more information on customizable tools for challenged readers with autism: Tools for struggling readers of all ages! Info & support for struggling readers

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