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Is this group for you?

If you have not already joined us, do it now! In addition to our quarterly newsletter and discounts at our conferences, you have the privilege of utilizing our library. Our library has many books, articles, audio and videotapes available. Please make checks in the amount of $25.00 payable to: AHA/AS/PDD. Mail to: AHA/AS/PDD, PO Box 475, Roslyn Heights, New York 11577

Attend meetings
We offer Daytime and Evening Support Meetings from Montauk to Manhattan:   Meetings are in the towns of Southampton, Pt. Jeff Station, Smithtown, Bethpage, Bayside/Queens and Manhattan. We also have an Evening Support Meeting for parents of older teens and adults.

We offer support meetings for older teens and adults (18 and older) monthly on Saturdays in partnership with Michael J. Carley and GRASP (The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership), for individuals on the spectrum. Family members are welcome to attend the first one or two sessions but the focus is primarily for individuals on the spectrum.

We offer a Teen Support group in partnership with with Michael J. Carley and GRASP, also on Saturdays for ages 13-19. This is for teens only, family members may sit in the waiting area and converse with one another.

We know, first hand, how difficult it can be sometimes to attend meetings. However, we urge you to make the effort. You need the support (and we need yours). Support meeting dates, times and locations may be accessed on our website under Support.

For Information Specific to Autism Call
Autism/Asperger Resource Center (AARC) (www.kumc.edu/aarc)
Phone: 913 588-5988 or 5955
Email:[email protected]

Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) (www.iidc.indiana.edu)
Phone:812 855-6508

For Information on Disability Laws (eg IDEA) Call
NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities) (www.nichcy.org)

VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities) (web.nysed.gov/vesid) a division of the New York State Education Department.
LI Regional Office of VESID: 1-631-884-8530; Statewide Coordinator: 1-718-722-4544

If You Are New to the Diagnosis, A Place To Begin Reading
Editorial opinion: Medicine is still researching the differences between High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Understand that treatment for both diagnoses in school, at home and in the community, is the same.

Please see our Suggested Reading List for our suggested books.

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, by Tony Attwood (1998)
Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Educators and Parents, Brenda Smith Myles and Richard L. Simpson (1999)

Parent/Person with Autism Narratives:
Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin (1995)
Emergence: Labeled Autistic, by Temple Grandin & M. Scariano (1986)
A Parent's Guide to Autism, by Charles Hart (1995)

More Extensive Reading Lists and Books Can Be Obtained by Contacting:
Autism Society of North Carolina, Book Store: 919 743-0204
Indiana Resource Center for Autism: 812 855-6508
Future Horizons: 800 489-0727
Autism Resource Network, Inc. 612 988-0088

Some of our members find it useful to subscribe to some of the following:

  • The MAAP (More Advanced Autistic Persons) - quarterly newsletter - $20.00/year c/o Susan Moreno, Editor, P.O. Box 524, Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Autism Spectrum Quarterly - In 2004 Starfish Specialty Press took over the publication of Carol Gray's Social Story newsletter The Morning News. An excellent publication with Diane Twactman-Cullen as Editor-in-Chief and Liane Holliday Willey as Senior Editor. Subscription rates for one year (4 quarterly issues) $29.95 + $5.00 S&H. Subscribe at: http://www.asquarterly.com/subscribe.html
  • Autism Research Review International, Autism Research Inst., 4182 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
  • Intervention in School and Clinic - This journal may be purchased from Pro-Ed, Inc. (800) 897-3202. A subscription for one year is $35.00 and for two years is $56.00.
  • The PDD NETWORK Newsletter - A valuable resource and exchange of information. Mail your check to: PDD Network, 21 Sharon Court, Shelton, CT 06484. Six issues (1 year) is $20 or you can contact Stacy Hultgreen at BHult4[email protected] for more information.
  • Autism/Asperger's Digest Magazine - Outstanding selections from around the world. Published by Future Horizons. Available by calling 800.489.0727 or going to: http://www.autismdigest.com. One year subscription (6 issues) is $44.95, two years (12 issues) $74.95.

On the internet
Our website (www.aha-as-pdd.org) offers information and resources about local meetings and resources as well as resources all over the internet.

Another good source is: www.autismconnect.org
Autismconnect aims to be a worldwide, interactive, personalised forum for the sharing of information by people whose lives are touched by autism. This includes people with autism, their parents, friends, educators and therapists, as well as researchers, legislators and volunteers. If you are interested in getting up-to-date information about autism, with the latest news items posted each week on your personal notice board, register now.

The following websites may be useful:

Part 200 Regulations:        http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/lawsandregs/coverpage.htm
NYSED-Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Continuing Ed : http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/
Part 100 Regulations:    http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/part100/opener.html
Federal Law IDEA '97:    http://www.cec.sped.org/law_res/doc/law/index.php
Federal Law IDEA '04: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgibin/query/z?c108:h.1350.enr:

Process to Practice: A Quick Reference Guide for Committee on Special Education (CSE) Chairpersons (shows you how the process works) : http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/persprep/cse/home.html

Sample IEP Guide: http://www.vesid.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/iep/home.html

Procedural Safeguards Pre-school through Age 21:



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