The following are internet resources relating to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The referenced websites provide a wealth of information for parents, professionals, and community members.

Autism Platform - Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
The Autism Platform, part of the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), is a comprehensive slate of initiatives intended to specifically address the needs of people on the autism spectrum while improving the service system for people with all developmental disabilities. The website contains news on latest research developments, autism resources, information on ASDs and supports/services available.

Learning Port (IDEA Partnership)
Learning Port was developed by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and partner organizations to provide dissemination of credible resources and information in the field of special education. There is an extensive free library of resources available for review. This link takes you directly to the "Autism Spectrum Disorders" topic page.

Autism Society of America
The Autism Society exists to enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders through education support, collaboration, advocacy, and information and referral. They have several initiatives including the Safe and Sound campaign, Environmental Health and Autism initiative, and Treatment Guided Research initiative.

New York State Education Department (NYSED) Autism
This link takes you to the disability-specific section on autism of the New York State Education Department Office of Special Education (OSE) website. The web page provides links to latest news, resources and documents prepared by the state education department related to autism.

Intervention Resources

Peer Networking
This article describes a school-based peer network to support students with. Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High. Functioning Autism (HFA) in developing social skills.

This article describes a special class called PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills), designed at UCLA to help teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) learn to interact appropriately with their peers. Research results reported that in comparison with a control group, the treatment group taking the class significantly improved their overall social skills and interactions with their peers.

Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner
Social Thinking® is required prior to the development of social skills. Developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP, the social thinking treatment approach was designed for individuals with high-functioning autism, Asperger's and similar challenges. Specific lessons are taught in how to watch people's eyes, shoulders, and movements for clues to what's really going on socially. Research published by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders indicates that Social Thinking methodologies are successful at teaching the ability to interact socially in people with social limitations who have near-normal to way above-normal intelligence.

Dr. Paula Kluth
Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Her website includes resources on differentiating instruction and supporting students with autism and significant disabilities in inclusive classrooms.

Social Stories by Carol Gray
The Gray Center website is the official home of Carol Gray and Social Stories. Social stories are short, carefully crafted stories written to help children and adults with ASD navigate specific social situations. They help individuals with ASD prepare for and rehearse social interactions thereby reducing anxiety, improving behavior, and helping set the stage for building solid relationships. This website also provides information about Laurel Falvo's Social Response Pyramid?™

This page is specifically about social stories, how to write them, and examples.

A Social Story™ describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience. Half of all Social Stories™ developed should affirm something that an individual does well. Although the goal of a Story™ should never be to change the individual's behaviour, that individual's improved understanding of events and expectations may lead to more effective responses.

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
Developed by Dr. Steven Gutstein, RDI is a family-based cognitive-developmental program that teaches dynamic intelligence through guided participation in order to remediate the core deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Families under the guidance of a certified consultant slowly and carefully construct opportunities for building motivation and teaching skills, focusing on the child's current developmental level of functioning. The goal of RDI is to improve the individual's long-term quality of life by helping them improve their social skills, self-awareness, ability to form reciprocal friendships, and engage in flexible/adaptive thinking.

Theory of Mind
Theory of Mind has to do with children's understanding of what other people think and feel. This website features recent research from multiple disciplines into a framework to help schools and teachers better understand how students learn and vary in their learning. A primary goal is working with educators to shape this knowledge into strategies and practices that will help students find success -- including the students who are currently struggling with learning.

Local Resources

Parent Network of the Capital Region
The Parent Network offers trainings for parents of children with disabilities on a range of topics. They also offer mediation and support with regards to collaboratively working with your child’s school-based team. Support with navigating the IEP process and due process rights is also offered to families.

Parent to Parent of New York State Capital Region
This website provides a wealth of resources on local recreational, social and educational opportunities for kids with special needs.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany)
A university-affiliated resource center provides support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders. CARD Albany serves a diverse population of families, educators, and community professionals in a 24-county region in New York State. A number of training initiatives and programs on evidence-based practice are available for families, schools, and professionals.

Albany Chapter of the Autism Society of America
The goal of this organization is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum and their families so they can be fully participating, included members of their communities. This is accomplished through advocacy, public awareness, education, compassionate support and research related to autism.

Autism Spectrum Peer Integration & Recreation (ASPIRe)
Provides social and recreational outings and activities for teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Albany Friendship Circle
The mission of the Friendship Circle is to reach out and extend a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and to involve them in a full range of Jewish, social, and educational experiences. The circles' unique formula introduces teenage volunteers to the children and through shared experiences where both are enriched.

Social Intervention Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Difficulties in Relating at the College of St. Rose
Groups are available for children and adolescents to develop awareness and understanding of understanding of perspectives different from their own as a means for improving conversation skills, developing relationships with peers, playing cooperatively, handling conflict and developing self regulation.

Friday Knights Recreation Program
The Recreation Program is a structured and supportive recreational environment for children and adolescents with ASD or other social challenges who need opportunities for social interaction beyond what is available through school settings or community recreation programs.In addition, siblings and peers without difficulties in social relating are invited to join us and to enjoy the activities while serving as role models.

Families Together in New York State
Families Together is a non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for children and youth with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Our mission is to ensure that every family has access to needed information, support, and services.