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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders consist of developmental disabilities, usually evident by age three, which affect a child's ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others. Other characteristics include engagement in repetitive activities and stereotypic movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

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A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504

This fact sheet offers a comparison of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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A Life With Asperger's

A Life with Asperger’s is a beautifully animated documentary that explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is a voice over narrative that demonstrates that Asperger’s is not simply “being a little awkward”, rather it is about adapting to one’s limitations in the face of anxiety and isolation.

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About Autism and Other Autism Resources

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. The About Autism page lists common characteristics of autism spectrum disorder. This website also has a catalog of publications serving the cross-disability community.

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Arc Fact Sheets

The Arc has compiled a series of brief, two-page fact sheets for family members, advocates, professionals, media, researchers, policymakers and others that provide an overview of a specific topic related to intellectual disability. A wide variety of topics are covered, from the causes of intellectual disability to various types of syndromes to criminal justice/victimization issues.

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Article 16 Clinic

The Shield Institute's Article 16 Clinic provides diagnostic, evaluation and clinical services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Psychological, social work, speech, occupational and physical therapy, rehabilitative counseling and nutritional counseling are provided individually and/or in group settings. Specialty services include augmentative communication evaluation and treatment, eating and swallowing evaluation and treatment and psycho-sexual assessment and treatment. All services are provided by our licensed and experienced staff.

Learn more about the Shield Institute's Article 16 Clinic.

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ASD and Related Disabilities - Differential Diagnosis & Comorbid Conditions

This PowerPoint slideshow presents information on Autism Spectrum Disorder and differential diagnosis and comorbid conditions. It covers symptoms and discusses multi-disciplinary approaches.

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Autism Videos for Parents

The videos in this gallery are a  mix of English and Spanish and provide subtitles in both languages. The videos show parents and discuss the trauma of discovering their children were different and they discuss the struggles they have faced and how they have managed and overcome them.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides a plethora of credible information on all aspects of protecting and improving quality health and wellness initiatives.

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College: You Can Do It! Tip Sheet

This tip sheet provides helpful information to help students with disabilities prepare for college.

The document covers three phases: 

  • Preparing for college while in high school.
  • Staying in college, which requires numerous self-management skills.
  • Preparing to move beyond college and into a career.

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Developmental Disability Respite for Bronx & Manhattan

This program offers day, overnight and weekend respite services for families who reside in Manhattan and the Bronx with children or adults who have developmental disabilities.

Consumers will be cared for at a freestanding site to allow families some rest time or to take care of personal issues, or in the event of an emergency.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council