External Resources

Web Resources

Autism Information Center at CDC
Autism Information Center at CDC website offers information and resources on a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders from statistics, to causes to treatments. It provides “essential data on ASDs, search for risk factors and causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASDs as early as possible.
Phone: (800) 311-3435

Autism Internet Modules
Provides several professional development training modules to assist educators and others serving individuals with autism.

Autism Society of America
Autism Society of America is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness about people with autism spectrum disorders and advocating on their behalf. Their website provides information on “treatment, education, research and advocacy”.
Phone: (800) 328-8476

Center for Applied Special Technology
The CAST website offers a number of resources to adapt instruction for students with disabilities in addition to information on ‘Universal Design for Learning’ principles.

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
The website offers a variety of resources and information on the core concepts in early development and how to strengthen adult capacities to improve child outcomes

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The PBIS website offers links to presentations, forms and checklists to develop and implement positive behavior interventions and supports.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Web site has a number of free resources and articles, including several “What Works Briefs” on topics related to challenging behaviors.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international (special education) professional organization committed to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The organization advocates on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities and provides a variety of resources to educators to improve their educational practices.

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ETAC)
The center offers a variety of helpful and informative resources on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education to guide families and professions to “improve educational practices and outcomes” for children.

Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
The Yale Child Study Center’s Developmental Disabilities Clinic offers a range of services for young children, adolescent and adults with autism spectrum disorders. At the autism program at Yale, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars work together to provide comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. It is an internationally recognized program for clinical services, research, training, and work on social policy.

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Educational Resources

Ablenet, Inc
Ablenet, Inc offers a variety of assistive technology devices for students with significant disabilities, offers a variety of assistive technology devices for students with significant disabilities, including communication aids, switches, environmental control unit, literacy tools, etc. For more information, go to their website.

Bruce Larkin Books
Wilmington Book Source, Inc.
Wilmington Book Source offers Bruce Larkin books including photo books on a number of topics. These books combine high interest topics with age-appropriate content for older students. You can view these books on line before buying them. They have controlled vocabulary with attractive photos and just 6-8 pages per book. Some of the titles offered are: ‘A Trip to the Desert’; ‘Kitchen Items’; ‘Dressing for Work’; ‘Car washing’, etc. These books will help to gain literacy awareness and build interest in listening to books and reading.

Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters
Don Johnston
Start-to-Finish Literacy Starters offers reading materials in paperback and switch-accessible computer book format for older non-and beginning readers and these books provide multiple representations of text.

Tasks Galore for the Real World
By Eckernode, L., Fennell, P. and Hearsey, K. (2004).
Vendor: Tasks Galore, 4909 Old Elizabeth Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27616-5414, Fax #: 919-544-3599,. It is an excellent collection of structured activities for children with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities.

Wrightgroup – Mc Graw Hill Companies (Books)
Wrightgroup has a number of books that are simple with high interest and limited vocabulary. TWiG Books offer emergent level nonfiction books about the natural world and everyday life supported with very attractive photos. They offer such titles as ‘Water: ‘Liquid, Sold, Gas’; ‘Where Does All the Garbage Go?’; ‘A March for Freedom’; ‘Call 911’, etc. which address both academic and functional themes and are age-appropriate for older students. These books can help inspire non-readers to develop interest in reading.

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Music Resources

West Music Company, Inc.
Offers a variety of musical instruments; Go to their website to order the instruments.

Bobby McFerrin Music CD
Bobby McFerrin vocalizes an astounding array of sounds which sound as though he is playing musical instruments. He creates polyphonic effects. He makes use of vocal percussion. Make use of it to provide stimulating music to your students-let your students shake their instruments to the beat of the music.