Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources
The Virginia Department of Education supports efforts to build capacity for those serving students with autism. Existing projects include increasing access to information and training, providing technical assistance, strengthening communities of practice, and helping to identify evidenced based practices through research and practice.
VDOE Resources and Publications
- Training Standards for Paraprofessionals Assigned to Work with a Teacher Who Has Primary Oversight of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Word)
- Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU ACE)
- Training & Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC)
- Training & Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC) Online
Virginia Autism Council – The Virginia Autism Council is a council of autism experts seeking to define needed skill competencies and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers supporting individuals with autism. This website is Virginia’s clearinghouse on best practices and research-based education and training opportunities to advance personnel development and knowledge regarding autism in Virginia.
Autism Society of America – The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. The Autism Society of America has several affiliates (chapters) in Virginia. Visit Virginia affiliates to find an Autism Society of America chapter near your home.
Autism Speaks – The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. Autism Speaks strives to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and they work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. Autism Speaks provides many resources accessible online, to include 100 Days, Employment Tool Kit, Advocacy Tool Kit and Family Support Tool Kits.
Commonwealth Autism Services (CAS) – The mission of Commonwealth Autism Services is to provide leadership in the implementation of a statewide system of services to maximize the potential and quality of life of each Virginian with autism across the lifespan. Commonwealth autism services provide information about autism, autism services, and providers.
Interactive Autism Network (IAN) – The IAN Community is an online environment designed to act as an inviting library and meeting place where everyone concerned with autism spectrum disorders
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) – The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts and supports research on brain and nervous system disorders. NINDS is one of the more than two dozen research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of the NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease by supporting and conducting research and disseminating information.
National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) – The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center to promote the use of evidence-based practice for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities (OCALI) Autism Internet Modules – The Autism Internet Modules were developed with one aim in mind: to make comprehensive, up-to-date, and usable information on autism accessible and applicable to educators, other professionals, and families who support individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Written by experts from across the U.S., all online modules are free, and are designed to promote understanding of, respect for, and equality of persons with ASD.