http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/understanding-autism-basics - WebMD
APPS and FUNDING for Special Needs! Families with special needs children may find grants and funding
available to help them afford medical treatments, therapies, assistive technologies (INCLUDING iPADS) etc.
Click here for a list of resources for funding/grant assistance, as well as a list of apps for mobile technology devices,
for autism and special needs.
AREA GROUPS and ACTIVITIES .. CLICK HERE for a list of other area Support Groups
Childcare for Special Needs Children:
Statewide searchable database of child care providers: Child Care Providers in Your Area -- One of the search criteria is
"children with special needs".
Care.com - online registry of caregivers/respite/babysitters - Special Needs Online Registry of Childcare/Respite/Babysitters
New: "Tax Tips for the Legally Disabled"
“Helping Children with Autism” – http://www.helpguide.org/mental/autism_help.htm
“Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent’s Guide” –
(Spanish) Autism Speaks "100-day toolkit" in spanish, for parents of newly diagnosed children:
(Spanish) NICHCY's (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities) Autism Information:
(Spanish) Autism Society of America: http://www.autism-society.org/espanol/
(Spanish) Little Hands for Autism: http://www.manitasporautismo.com/index.html
(Spanish) Talk About Curing Autism: http://www.tacanow.org/category/en-espanol/
(Spanish) Centers for Disease Control Autism Information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spanish/autism/index.html
Autism Spectrum Disorder Medical Guide, a compilation of links and resources about autism
"Parenting Through the IEP: Understanding the IEP Process"
A powerpoint presentation prepared by Torey Lewis, a local parent-advocate, to help parents understand and navigate through the
special education process
"What does Sensory Integration Have To Do With My Child?" --- Powerpoint presentation prepared by Dianne Downing Moore,
Speech Language Pathologist, and Kelli Thompson, Early Intervention Specialist for Klaras Center for Children / Early Childhood
Intervention (October 2011 Heart of Texas Autism Network Meeting) -- This is a large file, be patient!
Baylor Autism Resource Center Bullying Powerpoint
Texas Law and Bullying THE BULLY PROJECT Toolkit
STOP School Bullying Now Resources and Website Wrightslaw - Legal help for parents
"Walk A Mile In Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child with Special Needs" (AbilityPath.org)
Heart of Central Texas Resources:
ARC of McLennan County
Education Service Center Region 12
Baylor Autism Resource Center
Parents of Autistic Children (PAC)-Relief
Autism Society of America Greater Austin Chapter
National Autism Association of Central Texas
Caregivers Ladder: Support group in Temple and Waco for caregivers/parents of special needs children
Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas
Heart of Texas Down Syndrome Network
Special Needs Warriors: Facebook group for special needs parents
Heart of Texas Independent Living Center
InKidAble / Children's Special Needs Network
REACH Therapeutic Riding Center in McGregor and Heart of Texas Therapeutic Riding Center in West
Special Education PTA of Central Texas!! A PTA for ALL PARENTS IN Heart of Central Texas / Central Texas
KIDS CONNECTION PROJECT! Kids Connection Project are regional directories for the Special Care industry -- businesses,
medical providers, recreation opportunities, nonprofit organizations, agencies, etc ... provided FREE to the public. Now in
Waco/Temple area! Monthly meetings alternate between Temple and Waco.
Texas Autism / ASD Organizations Links:
Texas Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) program helps families pay for group health insurance. A family that
meets the following two criteria might be eligible if: Someone in the family gets Medicaid AND Someone in the family can get
group health insurance. Family members who already get Medicaid can still get Medicaid services not covered by the health
insurance, go to doctors who take the group health insurance, have co-payments and deductibles paid for by Medicaid when
they go to a doctor who takes Medicaid. Family members who do not get Medicaid might get group health insurance
coverage, if they qualify for HIPP. When a family qualifies for HIPP, Medicaid repays the family’s insurance premiums.
Visit www.GETHIPPTEXAS.org. The Spanish-language website is at www.PONTEHIPPTEXAS.org
DisabilityRights, Texas (previously Advocacy Inc)
Autism Treatment Centers of Texas (Residential)
IDEA, The Manual for Parents and Students about Special Education Services in Texas, 2012
Available for download at the websites of both The Arc of Texas and Disability Rights Texas . An essential resource.
Monarch Academy A Special Needs Private School at Morgan's Wonderland.
Morgan’s Wonderland The world’s first fully-accessible theme park specifically for people with special needs, in San Antonio.
Partners Resource Network PATH Project
Roadmap to understanding Texas Medicaid Waivers pdf file. Excellent graphic.
Texas Assistive Technology Network For students with disabilities receiving special education services. TATN provides
training, resource information and information on Assistive Technology to families and educators.
Texas Autism Advocacy
Texas Autism Research and Resource Center Comprehensive information on ASD and programs in Texas that provide
essential services and supports to people affected by ASD.
Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)
Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Texas Education Agency Special Education Page
Texas Project F.I.R.S.T. (Families, Information, Research, Support and Training) website for parents of children receiving
special education services.
Texas Parent to Parent Network
Texas State Council on Autism / Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders 2011 Annual Report
Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support, and
resources for educators who serve students with autism.
The Texas Technology Access Program A free Assistive Technology device loan program for persons all ages, and provides
resources to help people acquire Assistive Technology,
computers and other devices.
Texas Medicaid Waivers 101 online video. Free DVD copies may be ordered here.
National Autism / ASD Organization Links:
Refinance/mortgage/housing guides created specifically for people living with disabilities.
Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities ; Mortgage and Home Loan Help Guide for the Disabled
Know the ADA: Guide to Autism This site, developed by the Arizona Office for Americans With Disabilities (AOAD) lists
resources for autism. The AOAD also has extensive information about Americans With Disabilities Act.
Social Security and Disability Resource Center (SSDRC.com) informational website written by a former claims examiner
for the Social Security Administration, and addresses many questions about the application process.
About Autism Law - Provides information on Autism and Special Education, provided by special education attorney Dave
Sherman and the law firm of Sherman & Ziegler.
American Academy of Pediatrics, "Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit
for Clinicians" This toolkit was developed to support health care professionals in the identification and ongoing
management of children with autism spectrum disorders.
American Academy of Pediatrics, "Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
To assist pediatricians in educating families and guiding them toward empirically supported interventions for their children,
reviews the educational strategies and associated therapies that are the primary treatments for children with ASD.
American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report, "Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism
Spectrum Disorders" Clinical report provides information, resources and tools for health care professionals in
identifying children with ASDs as early as possible.
American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement, Identifying Infants and Young Children With Developmental Disorders
in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening"
This guideline provides information for health care professionals in developing a pattern and practice for addressing
developmental concerns in children from birth through 3 years of age.
"Autism and Faith: A Journey Into Community" A great resource for all faith traditions.
Autism: On the Spectrum General information and resources.
Autism Internet Modules The AIM project is developing a series of 60 modules on topics including assessment and
identification, characteristics, evidence-based practices and interventions, transition to adulthood, and employment.
The Autism News International News Feed on Autism.
Autism Risk and Safety Management Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders,
parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community.
Autism Society of America
Autism Spectrum Disorders: Missouri Best Practice Guidelines for Screening, Diagnosis, and Assessment -- Although some
of the information is focused on Missouri, the vast majority of the information is not specific to that state.
AutismSpot An autism portal featuring video, news, stories and more.
Autism Speaks 100-day Toolkit (for families with newly diagnosed children): (Spanish) (English)
Other Toolkits (Challenging Behaviors, Asperger/HFA, Transition, etc)
Autism Trust USA
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) A non-profit organization run by and for autistic people.
Benefits for Children with Disabilities from Disability.gov. Also available in an electronic book.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Centers for Disease Control Autism Information Center (En Espanol, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/spanish/autism/index.html)
Drugwatch.com Comprehensive Web site database with extensive information about thousands of different medications and
drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
Educating Young Children with Autism: At the request of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education
Programs, this project was undertaken by the National Research Council to consider the state of the scientific evidence of
the effects of early educational intervention on young children with ASDs. spectrum disorders.
First Signs a guide to early signs, screening, diagnosis and treatment of Autism.
Grace App A digital version of the Picture Exchange Communications System that allows children with autism to build
sentences and communicate visually.
Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) A Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts concerning
ASDs, within the Department of Health and Human Services.
JobTIPS from Do2Learn.com. A free program designed to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder
explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment.
Let's Cook! Life Skills for Kids on the Autism Spectrum A new program to show parents how to use cooking to engage and
socialize with their ASD kids. Visuals are included.
Medical News Today An overview of autism, current news and research, and video library.
Midnight in Chicago Free audio podcasts and web seminars on ASDs.
"Missing Pieces" A song and music video by country singer Mark Leland, about his son who has autism (on You Tube).
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
National Institute of Mental Health Autism Spectrum Disorders
Neurological Institutes of Health Autism Fact Sheet
NEW: Parents Guide to Evidence-based Practice and Autism Very extensive guide published by the National Autism Center.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center including a free iPhone IEP Checklist App
Positively Autism Free newsletter and printables for teachers of students with Autism.
Science Daily Science news about Autism.
Special Needs Section at Apple Apps Store.
TechMatrix A free online database designed to help educators and families find educational and Assistive Technology
resources and help for students with special needs.
Wrightslaw Accurate, reliable Information about Special Education Law and Advocacy
for Children with Disabilities.
Central Texas School District Sites
Heart of Texas Autism Network
The Mission of the Heart of
Texas Autism Network is to
empower individuals, families
and communities touched by
ASD to inspire a higher
quality of life.
Monthly meetings are held
on the second Saturday of
each month with speakers.
Childcare is usually available,
with a reservation, for
children with autism
spectrum disorders and their
HOTAN is a 501(c)(3)
and donations are
For a free HOTAN brochure
HOTAN seeks people who
speak Spanish to help the
parents of ASD persons
whose primary language is
Those qualified and able to
help should contact HOTAN
through our Contact Us page.
HOTAN is seeking volunteers
to organize and execute
various programs, activities
and functions it supports.