Resources for Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Local Resources

  • Autism Tree Project Foundation:
    Phone: (619) 222-4465
    Autism Tree Project Foundation is dedicated to improving communities in San Diego County by assisting with education, advocacy, screening and mentoring for families impacted by autism. ATPF’s Youth Education and Developmental Services coordinates a variety of intensive programs designed to engage youth with autism in a variety of services, aimed at improving their confidence and behaviors, plus improving their social communications. All programs are provided to families at no cost.

  • The Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service (CARES):
    Phone: (858) 444-8823
    CARES is a psychological corporation and a non-public agency. The center serves individuals with a variety of diagnoses ages 1 year old to adult. CARES offers many services including home and school based programs. It offers individual and family therapy as well as a variety of social skills groups. It has a psychiatrist on site to provide continuity of care across providers. Services range from assessment to parent training.

  • The San Diego County Chapter of the Autism Society of America (SDASA):
    Phone: (858) 715-0678
    The Autism Society of San Diego is dedicated to its mission: Improving the lives of all affected by autism. The chapter provides informational support meetings with timely topics, referrals to local resources, monthly family recreational activities, Camp I CAN (Camp Including Children with Autism Now), and increased public awareness. Chapter membership includes early notification on many events, eligibility for discounts on adaptive swim lessons and Surf Camp for persons with autism, scholarships for conferences, and our Autism Action magazine.

  • San Diego Regional Center:
    The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families that are based on individual needs and supports their independence.
    The San Diego Regional Center advocates for opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to maximize potential and to experience full inclusion in all areas of community life.

National Resources

  • Autism Speaks:
    Autism Speaks is an autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. By visiting the Autism Speaks website, families can learn more about the early signs of autism, treatment, prevalence, as well as helpful resources, services and apps.

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