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ABLE Accounts ~ I’m at work at can’t look. Here is the description: For the first time ever, that means tax-advantaged savings, usually without endangering eligibility for the means-tested benefit programs critical to the health and well-being of many with disabilities. Contributions to an ABLE account can be made by anyone, from the account owner to family, friends and loved ones – helping more people play a part in creating a better quality of life. ~ https://www.able-now.com/

ABLE-differently ~ ABLE-differently (formerly Able) is a non-profit community service to help build strength-based wellbeing resources and positive mental health for children with special health care needs and their families. ABLE-differently is contributed to by its community members, without costs as a non-profit public program, as an investment in healthy Utah families. Able-differently promotes a self-help model that serves school and younger age children and their families with special health care needs, who have not had success with typical forms of intervention. We support parents solving problems themselves with participation in family centered community partnerships such as with schools, medical homes and mental health systems. ~ www.able-differently.org , 801-520-7376

ACES, Comprehensive Educational Services ~ , is now providing ABA services for families and individuals in the Wasatch front. We provide comprehensive, professional services to maximize individuals’ potential in the home, school, community, and throughout their lifespan.  ACES opened its doors to individuals and families impacted with autism and other developmental disabilities in 1996. We have grown into a team of specialist with backgrounds in psychology, occupational and speech therapies, and education. Our services help children and families all over the West Coast, and we continue to build exceptional teams throughout California, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and our current expansion into Utah.  ACES accepts the following insurance in Utah: Aetna, Blue Shield, Cigna, TriCare, United Behavioral Health (UBH). To obtain services and for more information please visit www.ACESaba.com or call us toll free (855) 223-7123.

A.G.E.S. Learning Solutions ~ is an agency providing behavioral services rooted in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Our approach to services is Analytical, Goal-Based, Empowering, and Supportive. We originated in Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA) and are excited to be in the Salt Lake Valley!  Our team of dedicated professionals can provide the following services: In-home ABA Autism Treatment (Assessment, Program Design & Intervention), Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavioral Consultation & Training.  For more information, please visit www.ageslearningsolutions.com or call us at 1-866-375-2437.

Access Utah Network ~ accessut.org 801-533-4636 or 1-800-333-8824 access@utah.gov Access Utah Network is Utah’s prime source for information and referral for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers since 1990. Our operators can provide you with the information you need to find accessible housing, assistive technology and financial and social supports needed to live independently with a disability. Call us or explore our web site today to see how Access Utah Network can help you become more independent.

Advanced Brain Technologies (Located in Ogden) ~ The Advanced Brain Technologies is one of the nationwide leaders treating children and adults with Autism. Having developed The Listening Program SPECTRUM, which is one of the most frequently used music based therapeutic programs in the country.  They have teamed up with Tricare ECHO and many of our military families are getting this program and our equipment for no cost. www.advancedbrain.com , (801)622-5676,  Toll Free: 888-228-1798

Allies with Families ~ www.allieswithfamilies.org Lori Cerar, Executive Director 505 East 200 South, #25 Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 433-2595 (877) 477-0764 allies@allieswithfamilies.org

Alternative Behavior Strategies ~ www.alternativebehaviorstrategies.com 801-935-4171 ~ ABS is providing all types of services- ABA, OT, Speech, Social Skills, Individual and Family therapy, for continuity of care. This allows for all of the skills to be run through their ABA program to develop all skills in all environments. We have two locations, one in Salt Lake City and one in Lehi, for ease of access for clients who are scheduled clinical time. However, we created a system which allows us to hybrid tele-health with face-to-face supervision, in order to reach clients in rural areas.

Applied Behavior Connections LLC ~ ~ 801-935-5796 ~ http://appbehcon.wix.com/appliedbehaviorconn ~ We provide a network of qualified professionals that offer intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to children and adolescents with developmental delays and behavior challenges. We work with all ages and abilities, collaborating with schools, practitioners and parents of each student to ensure continuity is reached across all learning environments.

Autism Health ~  Advances in understanding and treating the physical and mental health conditions that frequently accompany autism http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/autism-and-health-special-report-autism-speaks

Autism In-Home Services ~ www.carmenbpingree.com/athomeservices/ ~ A new affordable, evidence-based services come right to your home.  Services can begin immediately.

Autism Pilot Programs ~ www.health.utah.gov Includes Medicaid Autism Waiver, Autism Treatment Fund, and PEHP Pilot

Autism Resource of Utah County Council ~ http://arucc.org/ ~ Autism Resources of Utah County is a council of parents, organizations and agencies collaborating to create integrated systems of support and treatment for individuals with Autism in Utah County.

Autism Solutions ~ www.autismsolutionsutah.com Offers social skills groups, sensory groups, Kindermusik for kids with Autism, ABA, and speech therapy. Draper, Utah. 801-735-3252 or solutionsforautism@gmail.com

Baby Watch Early Intervention Program ~ For infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. There are 15 local programs throughout the state. To find information and phone numbers for the program nearest you go to the Baby Watch website and click on “For Parents”.
www.utahbabywatch.org
You may also call 801-273-2998 or 1-800-961-4226 for information.

Canine Companions for Independence ~ www.cci.org  Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

Catalyst Behavior Solutions ~ www.catalystbehavior.com Catalyst Behavior Solutions is committed to facilitating significant change and growth in people of all abilities. They prepare their clients to reach their full potential and achieve future success through the use of evidence based and data driven treatment methods. They are committed to exceeding industry standards for client care through individualized treatment that focuses on the child’s “whole environment.” They work as a team to support our clients and their families to achieve success at home, in school, and in their communities. Catalyst provides ABA therapy, Behavior Consultation Services, family and staff training, social skills groups and training, and individual and group mental health therapy. We currently serve Cache, Weber, Davis, and Salt Lake Counties and are now accepting clients for the Utah Autism Waiver! Facebook: www.facebook.com/catalystbehavior natalie.catalyst@gmail.com or 801-918-4710.

Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University ~  www.cpdusu.org 435-797-1981 Offers diagnostic and treatment services to individuals with autism and other disabilities.

Child  Development Clinic, Children with Special Health Care Needs ~ www.health.utah.gov/cshcn Utah Department of Health, University of Utah campus, 44 North Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 801-584-8510 Autism evaluations and treatment for ages 0-5 years. CSHCN provides and promotes family-centered, coordinated care and facilitates the development of community-based systems for these children and their families.

Children with Special Health Care Needs ~ www.health.utah.gov/cfhs 44 North Medical Drive P.O. Box 144610 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4610 (801) 584-8239; (800) 829-8200

Coordinator for Transition Services ~ www.schools.utah.gov Susan Loving Specialist in Transition Utah State Office of Education P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 (801) 538-7645

Councils on Developmental Disabilities ~ www.utahddcouncil.org Claire Mantonya M.A. Executive Director Utah Developmental Disabilities Council Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 533-3965

Curtis Center ~ www.thecurtiscenter.org ~ A campus for individuals with intellectual disabilities to gather and gain support at each participants needed level.

Davis Behavioral Health ~ www.dbhutah.org 801-773-7060

Disability Law Center ~ www.disabilitylawcenter.org 801-363-1347 We are designated as the Protection and Advocacy agency for the state of Utah to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Utah. Our mission is to enforce and strengthen laws that protect the opportunities, choices and legal rights of people with disabilities in Utah. Our Short Term Assistance Team can help you figure out if you have a legal issue and what to do about it.

Easter Seals – Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountains ~ For Utah County area – Crystal Emery Crystale@esgw.org 801-376-6012 Salt Lake County area-  Jacquelynn Bradley jacquelynnb@esgw.org 801-468-0159 Weber and Davis Counties – Susi Skinner susannas@esgw.org 801-414-5909

Family/Estate Planning Services ~ Attorney and Counselor at Law, Inter Vivos, PLLC | Estate Planning Solutions
1425 South 550 East, Orem, UT 84097 ~ Phone: (801)477-1570, Fax: (801)742-7055

Financial Planning for Families with Special Needs Children ~ www.lindsey-eggett.com Receive a free Life Guide for Special Needs Planning. This Guide will give you information on First Steps, Future Needs, Legal Planning, Wills and Guardians, Letter of Intent, Special Needs Trust, Medical Planning, Financial Planning, Education Planning, Help and Advice.

Friends4Life Foundation ~ www.friends4lifefoundation.org ~ Orem, Utah ~ Provide around the clock care for those who have special needs, giving their families relief from the day-to-day responsibilities. Services Offered ~ Adult Care, Respite Care, Supported Living, After School Programs, Summer Programs, Family Support. ~ (385) 204-4284.

FUNctionabilities ~ www.makingtherapyfun.com ~ Provides Occupational and Speech Therapy treatment for a broad range of child development challenges including developmental delays, sensory processing issues, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, speech and language issues, and fine-motor skill development.

GIANT Steps Preschool ~ http://www.wasatch.org (801) 226-5437 A Utah County preschool program for children, ages 3 and up, with autism through Wasatch Mental Health.

iBehave Therapy Group ~ [/gldr_tab] ~ 801-771-0273 ~ http://www.ibehavetg.com/ ~ Providing comprehensive, individualized, behavioral supports to families and individuals.

Jordan Family Education Center ~ www.jordandistrict.org/departments/jfec/ River’s Edge School (11000 S. 319 West) 801-565-7442 The Jordan Family Education Center provides support services and classes for families and students in Jordan School District. These services are provided by the District’s school psychologists and counselors. The center offers classes and short-term counseling on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Classes are free, but registration is required.

Juvenile Justice Services ~ For families who are in need of consultation if their children get involved in JJS. Contact Kimberly Jensen, CSW at kcjensen419@gmail.com or by cell phone 801-647-9920. She is currently employed at Lakeview Hospital adult psychiatric unit and has come in contact with many young adults on the spectrum who have attempted suicide and have many substance abuse issues.

KUED ~ Dinosaur Train on Autism ~ ~  http://www.kued.org/kids/autism-awareness  The Dinosaur Train episode can be found here: http://pbskids.org/video/ (Click on the picture of Buddy and the Click browse. It’s the Junior Conductors Academy episode)

Kathrine Parnell, LCSW ~ (801) 209-9797 Kathrine Parnell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Draper.  She offers specialized help for children, adults and families who are faced with challenges related to the autism spectrum. Kathrine has obtained specific professional training in the field of autism as well as personal experience having three children who are on the spectrum.

Matt’s Place (Located in Centerville) ~ Matt’s Place is a 503c clinic that specializes in autism. They offer social skills groups, parent educational groups, diagnostic evaluations, medication management, therapy, ABA therapy, and day treatment for kids ages 7-21. They partner with Allies for Families and Easy to Love to provide free supports for families in this area. (801)614-8400 ~ www.mattsplace.org

Medical Home Portal ~ ~The Medical Home Portal is a unique source of reliable information about children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), offering a “one-stop shop” for their: Families, Physicians and Medical Home teams, & Other Professionals and Caregivers.  https://www.medicalhomeportal.org/diagnoses-and-conditions/autism-spectrum-disorder#ServicesforPatientsFamiliestagless  &  https://medicalhomeportal.org/services/category/559

Mental Health Association in Utah ~ 1800 South West Temple, Suite 501 Salt Lake City, UT 84115 (801) 596-3705

NAMI-Utah ~ www.namiut.org Sherri Wittwer, Executive Director 450 South 900 East Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 323-9900 sherriwittwer@msn.com

Neurobehavioral Center for Growth ~ ~ 801-649-1062 ~ http://www.neurobcg.com/ ~ NBCG offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as an effective research-based treatment for autism. ABA therapy has been endorsed by many federal and state agencies (including the U.S. Surgeon General). Across the globe, ABA is acknowledged as one of the most successful treatments for children with autism. ABA helps individuals with autism live happy and productive lives.

Neurobehavior H.O.M.E. Program ~ healthcare.utah.edu/home 801-581-5515 The Neurobehavior HOME Program is divided into two parts: the Neurobehavior Clinic and the HOME Program. Neurobehavior Clinic. The Neurobehavior Clinic is a mental health only program for people with developmental disabilities. In this program we treat mental health and behavioral challenges while the person’s own primary care doctor provides medical care. Services are paid for through private insurance, Medicaid, or self pay. This program is currently closed to new patients. HOME Program. The HOME Program is a coordinated care program for people with developmental disabilities where we provide both medical and mental health care. People enrolled in this program receive comprehensive care services. All enrollees have their Medicaid card changed to HOME, and services are covered under Medicaid. Enrollees must meet the following eligibility criteria: Receive Utah Medicaid; Have a developmental disability; Have mental health or behavioral challenges; and Desire to receive both primary medical care and mental health care from our program.

Neurology, Learning, and Behavior Center ~ Sam Goldstein, Ph.D. 801-532-1484 Offers diagnostic evaluations and social skills training for higher-functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Primary Children’s Medical Center, Department of Neurobehavioral Clinic ~ 801-581-5515 Rehab Bountiful (801) 292-8665 Rehab Ogden (801) 387-2080 Rehab Sandy (801) 571-3081 Rehab Taylorsville (801) 840-4360 Rehab Department Offers speech-language, sensory integration, occupational and physical therapy. Neurobehavioral clinic provides diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological assessment, home programs, behavior management, and medication consultation.

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5 ~ www.schools.utah.gov/sars/preschool.htm Connie Nink 619 Coordinator Utah State Office of Education P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 (801) 538-7948

Protection and Advocacy Agency ~ www.disabilitylawcenter.org Disability Law Center 205 North 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (801) 363-1347 (800) 662-9080 (In UT) (V/TTY) info@disabilitylawcenter.org  Utah Autism Safety Roster ~ Utah Autism Safety Roster http://www.sltrib.com/news/1850845-155/utah-police-roll-out-autism-database http://updsl.org/autism Autism Risk and Safety Management http://www.autismriskmanagement.com/ First Responders  https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/autism-safety-project/first-responders Autism and Safety http://www.autismsafety.org/ Autism Safety Project https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/autism-safety-project Big Red Safety Toolkits http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/awaare-wandering/

Pathways ~ Real Life Recovery  www.pathwaysreallife.com   Michelle Amerman ~ Office: 8706 S 700 E, Ste 205, Sandy, UT 84070
Cell: 801-867-3550
Fax: 801-277-7593
michelle@pathwaysreallife.com

Scouting ~ https://sites.google.com/site/autismandboyscouts/home How to make 500 teenagers understand autism in 10 minutes http://themighty.com/2015/02/how-to-make-500-teenagers-understand-autism-in-10-minutes/?fb_ref=Default Mom starts Scout Group http://myfox8.com/2015/02/16/mom-starts-scout-troop-for-kids-with-autism/ Leading the Way – Autism Friendly Youth Organizations https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/autism_friendly_youth_organizations.pdf Autism and Boy Scouts https://sites.google.com/site/autismandboyscouts/home Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34059.pdf

Scottish Rite Children’s Learning Center ~ www.srchildrenslearningcenter.org Salt Lake: 801-486-0579 Ogden 801-627-8878

Southwest Educational Development Center ~ www.sedc.k12.ut.us Cedar City 435-586-2865 Serves 6 school districts in southern Utah; provides training to teachers, conferences, etc.

State CHIP Program ~ www.utahchip.org Utah CHIP P.O. Box 16520 Salt Lake City, UT 84116 (877) 543-7669 Health care for low-income uninsured children.

State Coordinator for NCLB (No Child Left Behind) ~ www.usoe.k12.ut.us Laurie Lacy – Coordinator State Office of Education P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 (801) 538-7501

www.schools.utah.gov/sars/ Glenna Gallo – Director State Office of Education P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 (801) 538-7587

State Mediation System ~ www.schools.utah.gov Lisa Arbogast State Compliance Officer Utah State Office of Education P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114 (801) 538-7568

State Mental Health Agency ~ www.dsamh.utah.gov Mark I. Payne, LCSW Director Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (801) 538-8290 mpayne@utah.gov

State Mental Health Representative for Children and Youth ~ www.hsmh.state.ut.us Kristen Reisig – Assistant Director Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (801) 538-3941 kreisig@utah.gov

State Intellectual Disabilities Program ~ www.hsdspd.state.ut.us George Kelner – Director Department of Human Services Salt Lake City, UT 84103 (801) 538-4200 gkelner@utah.gov

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency ~ www.usor.utah.gov Blaine Petersen – Executive Director Utah State Office of Rehabilitation P.O. Box 144200 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 (801) 538-7530 (V/TTY) The mission of USOR is to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain employment and increase their independence.

The Children’s Center ~ www.tccslc.org Salt Lake City: 801-582-5534 Kearns 801-966-4251 The Children’s Center provides comprehensive mental health services for children ages birth to eight. We serve children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Services include: mental health evaluations and assessments, child and family therapy, social skills groups for children with ASD ages 4-10, PLAY Project (home based DIR/Floortime), evidence-based trauma treatments, therapeutic preschool, parent-toddler groups, and medication management. For more information on how we can help, please visit www.tccslc.org. Services are provided on a sliding scale fee or with insurance.

Transitioning To Adulthood ~ For detailed information, please visit our ~ Transitioning To Adulthood page.  This is also a list of some resources on transitioning ~ Utah State Office of Education ~ http://www.schools.utah.gov/sars/, Transition Planning (Davis School District) ~ http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/page/1386, Utah Transition Agencies ~ http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/cms/lib09/UT01001306/Centricity/Domain/93/Transition%20Agency%20List-%20January%202014.pdf, Utah Parent Center – Transition to Adult Life ~ http://www.utahparentcenter.org/resources/transitiontoadult/, Autism Speaks – Transition Toolkit ~ https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/impact-report/4, Autism Society of America ~ Transition and Post-Secondary, After High School ~ http://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/autism-through-the-lifespan/transitions/, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism ~ http://www.afaa-us.org/, Administration for Community Living ~ US Department for Health and Human Services ~ http://acl.gov/NewsRoom/blog/2015/2015_04_13.aspx

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities ~ www.cpd.usu.edu Dr. Sarah Rule, Director Utah State University 6800 Old Main Hill Logan, UT 84322-6800 (435) 797-1987

University of Utah Autism Clinic ~ Janet Lainhart, M.D., Judith Miller, Ph.D., Lori Krasny, M.S. 801-585-1212 Outpatient services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders across the lifespan, including diagnostic evaluations, social skills groups, psychoeducational assessments, school consultations, medication management, PECS, and speech-language therapy. University of Utah Psychoeducational Clinic 1901 East South Campus Drive, Room 1130, Salt Lake City, Utah (801-581-6068) Advanced graduate students and faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology provide a range of services to children, adolescent, including those with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. Services include psychological and neuropsychological assessment and counseling.

US House of Representatives from Utah ~ www.house.gov To find the contact information for your representative in the House of the U.S. Congress, visit the House’s Web site or call: (202) 225-3121; (202) 225-1904 (TTY).

US Senators from Utah ~ www.senate.gov

Utah 2-1-1 ~ www.informationandreferral.org 211 Locating available and appropriate resources can be difficult and frustrating and Utah’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral strives to ease the process.

Utah Association of Community Services (UACS) ~ www.uacs.org The Utah Association of Community Services is an organization consisting of over forty private provider agencies that serve over 5,000 people with developmental and other types of disabilities in over 400 different locations throughout Utah. Association members are licensed and qualified providers agencies that contract with the Department of Human Services, primarily the Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, Workforce Services, care centers, families and private entities. Member agencies assist individuals living in their homes and communities by providing quality services including residential, day services and training, supported employment, family support, and respite care.

Utah Autism Coalition ~ www.utahautismcoalition.org ~ The Utah Autism Coalition (UAC) is a parent-driven, grassroots advocacy group dedicated to supporting initiatives and other programs that enhance the lives of individuals with autism and their families. It is comprised of both the families of these individuals as well as representatives from various autism advocacy organizations, agencies, and professionals who serve Utahns with Autism Spectrum Disorders. UAC believes individuals with autism deserve an early diagnosis and access to evidence-based treatments which, as proven by research, could change the course of their lives.  Utah Autism Coalition ~ www.utahautismcoalition@gmail.com ~ 801-896-7796

Utah Autism Foundation ~ www.utahautismfoundation.org Formed to identify and support research on both a local and national level into the cause, prevention, and potential treatment of autism.

Utah Autism Initiative (UAI) ~ www.health.utah.gov/cshcn/autism.html Dr. Harper Randall harperrandall@utah.gov The Utah Autism Initiative (UAI) is a multi-agency committee made up of state agency representatives and parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This committee was created by Dr David Sundwall, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), in spring of 1997. The UAI objectives are to foster communication amongst the agencies which provide services for those with ASD, increase awareness of the services being offered and the gaps in these services, and make recommendations to improve the quality of life and outcomes for individuals with ASD.

Utah Behavioral Services ~ www.utahbehaviorservices.com It is the mission of Utah Behavior Services, Inc. to provide the highest quality of behavioral and mental health services in Utah.  Individuals and families have access to a seamless coordination of services under one roof.  This approach is vital to provide an environment which cultivates distinct and enduring change.  Utah Behavior Services, Inc. serves families in Weber, Wasatch, Salt Lake City, Utah, Washington, and Iron Counties.

Utah Behavior Support Clinic ~ usdc@usu.edu Utah Behavior Support Clinic Utah State University ~ (435)- 797- 3403 2865 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-2865

Utah Department of Health’s CSHCN Autism Website ~ http://www.health.utah.gov/cshcn/programs/autism.html

Utah Early Intervention ~ www.utahbabywatch.org Call 1-800-826-9662 and someone will tell you how to get in touch with your local early intervention program.

Utah Governor ~ www.utah.gov/governor Honorable Gary Herbert Utah State Capitol Complex P.O. Box 142220 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2220 (801) 538-1000

Utah Parent Center ~ www.utahparentcenter.org Royal Wood Office Plaza, 230 West 200 South Suite 1101 Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 272-1051 (V/TTY) (800) 468-1160 (In UT) upcinfo@utahparentcenter.org The Utah Parent Center has information about community services, support groups, etc. specific to autism. It also is the best resource for information, workshops, and consultation for IEP’s. Workshops – stress management, bringing your child through transition phases, etc. Parent-to parent – support when newborn or child is newly diagnosed with disability. Parent consultants – parents who have “been there”.

Utah Personnel Development Center ~ www.updc.org/autism-essentials Autism for Educators Program UPDC is a State of Utah agency that is funded through federal and state professional development funds/grants. Our agency conducts special education professional development activities for special educators in all of Utah’s school districts and Local Educational Agencies. Of particular interest is our introduction to autism for teachers who work with students with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome.

Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities ~ http://utahautismregistry.org 801-585-7576 URADD@utah.gov Run by the State Health Department, URADD website and brochures provide information about ASD and links to local resources.

Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Association ~ www.ushaonline.net Bryan Layton, President Salt Lake City, UT 84102 (801) 595-1700

Utah State Family Council ~ usdc.utah.gov/about_family_council.html Each county or region in Utah has a Family Council that can provide information about how to access community assistance and services. A must for any family with a child with special needs!

Utah State University – Autism-Specific Programs and Initiatives ~ old.sper.usu.edu/ASSERT/index.html Autism Support Services: Education, Research, and Training (ASSERT) Program.  The ASSERT program is an autism training and research center housed at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

Utah Valley University ~  http://www.uvu.edu/chss/autism/passages/ Utah Valley University offers a program called Passages ~ For those experiencing transition from adolescence to adulthood. Laurie Bowen, Coordinator ~ laurie.bowen@uvu.edu 801-863-8759. UVU also offers an Autism Studies Program http://www.uvu.edu/autismstudies/index.html as well as an Annual Conference on Autism http://www.uvu.edu/chss/autism/index.html and http://uvu.edu/chss/autism/ 

Valley Behavioral Health ~ www.vmh.com (888) 949-4VMH (4864) We serve adults, children, and seniors in Salt Lake, Tooele, and Summit County. A behavioral healthcare provider specializing in mental health, substance abuse and prevention services. www.wasatch.org 801-373-4760

National Organizations

Autism Consortium ~ www.autismconsortium.org/empowering-families Excellent information on autism available in several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Vietnamese.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

Autism Research Institute ~ www.autism.com San Diego, CA 619-281-7165 National organization devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood. We provide information based on research to parents and professionals throughout the world. ~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.autism-society.org 800-3AUTISM National organization providing information, conferences, and publications on a wide variety of topics.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.autismsociety-nc.org 919-743-0204 Maintains a bookstore with hundreds of titles on autism and related disorders.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.autismspeaks.org 212-252-8584 We are dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. We aim to bring the autism community together to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action. ~ This is information only.  The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.disabilityinfo.gov Connecting the Disability Community to Information & Opportunities.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.ianproject.org IAN, Interactive Autism Network, is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by linking researchers and families. Anyone impacted by an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can become part of IAN’s online community, www.iancommunity.org, to stay informed about autism research, provide feedback, and make their voices heard.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.nichcy.org 800-695-0285 They serve as a central resource of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth. They also have information on IDEA and No Child Left Behind laws. In addition, they have compiled research-based information on effective educational practices.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/autism-safety-project/safety-resources ~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

800-651-1151 National program that links parents of newly diagnosed children with experienced parents for support, advice and guidance.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization. www.special-learning.com Special Learning exists to offer every parent with a child on the spectrum a genuine chance to help their son or daughter attain an abundant and fulfilling life using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy. By providing the global autism community with best-practice tools, education and training designed to empower parents, teachers and providers, we help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.socialsecurity-disability.org/content/social-security-programs 800-772-1213 Stipend for children and adults with disabilities. Must be disability and income eligible.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

www.usautism.org USAAA is a leading nonprofit organization for education, support, and solutions. Our goal is to “Provide the Opportunity” for individuals with autism spectrum disorders to achieve their fullest potential.~ This is information only. The ACU does not endorse or have association/affiliation with this organization.

(801-942-5437 [WIC-KIDS] or 1-800-662-3638) Nutrition services for under five years of age.

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  • The SaharaCares Foundation is a community leader that focuses on programs and projects that involve children at risk. These can be children who are disadvantaged, seriously ill and/or from a financially challenged family who otherwise could not participate in typical childhood activities. We have partnered with them to produce some very informative videos, including an “Autism and Faith” DVD as well as an Autism Training DVD for Police Officers.
  • The Carson Smith Scholarship is a state-funded program that provides private school scholarships to students with disabilities K-12.
  • Big MAKs is a group of “Mothers with Autistic Kids” who rally around each other for encouragement and support.

 

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