My Special Needs Child: Advocating, Parenting, and Finding Strength

Mother hugging and kissing daughter with special needs.

Mother and daughter

I’ve been working on my latest project: An e-book with resources to help you with your special needs child or other family member or friend. It’s almost ready to be released. But I don’t want you to wait on me before you obtain the help you need for a family member. So, I put together this abbreviated state-by-state  (and U.S. Territories) resource guide with links to advocacy groups, funding for resources, and Facebook groups. *

If you would like this guide in PDF, let me know through my contact form. I will send it to you FOR FREE.

*Note: The prevalence of autism is growing. Families affected by autism have been among the most vocal advocates, benefiting other people with and without disabilities. While many special interest groups have a Facebook group, for purposes of this guide, it is focused on state/local autism Facebook communities.

Alabama

http://good.alabama.gov/

https://www.autism-alabama.org/

https://www.facebook.com/Alabama-Autism-Aspergers-Statewide-Info-Support-Network-120570977975015/

Alaska

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dsds/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.dlcak.org/

https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaAutismResourceCenter/

Arizona

https://www.azdisabilitylaw.org/

https://azdaars.getcare.com/consumer/local_assist.php

https://www.facebook.com/groups/azautismparents/

Arkansas

https://disabilityrightsar.org/

https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/dbhs

https://www.facebook.com/Arkansas.AAROC/

California

https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/

http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/careautismfoundation/

Colorado

https://disabilitylawco.org/

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/people-disabilities

https://www.facebook.com/autismcolorado/

Connecticut

https://www.disrightsct.org/

https://portal.ct.gov/DSS/Lists/Programs-and-Services

https://www.facebook.com/RosesForAutism/

Delaware

http://www.declasi.org/

http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/harklacommunity/

Florida

http://www.disabilityrightsflorida.org/

https://www.stateofflorida.com/health-services.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.Orlando/

Georgia

http://thegao.org/

https://dhs.georgia.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/cgAutism/

Hawaii

http://www.hawaiidisabilityrights.org/

http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/Autism-Society-of-Hawaii-175746405791960/?ref=br_rs

Idaho

https://disabilityrightsidaho.org/

https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/IdahoParentsUnlimited/

Illinois

https://www.equipforequality.org/

http://www.dhs.state.il.us/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismSoicetySouthernIllinois/

Indiana

https://www.in.gov/idr/

https://www.in.gov/fssa/

https://www.facebook.com/autismindiana/

Iowa

https://disabilityrightsiowa.org/

https://dhs.iowa.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/Autism-Society-of-Iowa-136325771666/

Kansas

http://www.drckansas.org/

http://www.dcf.ks.gov/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/AutismSpeaks.KC/

Kentucky

http://www.kypa.net/

https://chfs.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1560333764283069/ (Kentucky Autism Awareness)

Louisiana

http://advocacyla.org/

http://www.dss.state.la.us/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocietyLouisiana/

Maine

https://drme.org/

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/

https://www.facebook.com/Autism-Society-Of-Maine-107781499258293/

Maryland

https://disabilityrightsmd.org/

http://dhr.maryland.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/MadisonHouseAutismFoundation/

Massachusetts

https://www.dlc-ma.org/

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-health-and-human-services

https://www.facebook.com/groups/massachusettsautism/about/

Michigan

http://www.mpas.org/

https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/

https://www.facebook.com/CentriaAutism/

Minnesota

http://mylegalaid.org/about/our-work/disability-law

https://mn.gov/dhs/

https://www.facebook.com/AuSM.org/

Mississippi

http://www.drms.ms/

http://www.mdhs.ms.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/autismms/

Missouri

http://www.moadvocacy.org/

https://dss.mo.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/TheThompsonCenter/

Montana

http://www.disabilityrightsmt.org/janda3/

https://dphhs.mt.gov/contact

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MTCAAN/

Nebraska

http://www.disabilityrightsnebraska.org/

http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismSocietyNebraska/community/?ref=page_internal

Nevada

http://www.ndalc.org/

http://dhhs.nv.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismCoalitionOfNevada/

New Hampshire

http://www.drcnh.org/

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/familyvoicesnh/

New Jersey

http://www.drnj.org/

https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismNJ/

New Mexico

http://www.drnm.org/

http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/

https://www.facebook.com/newmexicoautismsociety/

New York

http://www.drny.org/

https://www.ny.gov/services/social-programs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SASILongIsland/

North Carolina

https://www.disabilityrightsnc.org/

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismsocietyofnc/

North Dakota

http://www.ndpanda.org/

https://www.nd.gov/dhs/

https://www.facebook.com/Family-Voices-of-North-Dakota-Autism-Support-Page-321527557935599/

Ohio

http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/

http://medicaid.ohio.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismohio/

Oklahoma

http://okdlc.org/

http://www.okdhs.org/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/autismoklahoma/

Oregon

https://droregon.org/

https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/Pages/index.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/autismsocietyoregon/

Pennsylvania

https://www.disabilityrightspa.org/

http://www.dhs.pa.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/PARdotnet/

Rhode Island

https://www.ridlc.org/

http://www.dhs.ri.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/NationalAutism/

South Carolina

https://www.pandasc.org/

https://www.scdhhs.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/36939022248/about/
South Caroline Autism Society

South Dakota

https://drsdlaw.org/

https://dhs.sd.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocietyBlackHills/

Tennessee

https://www.disabilityrightstn.org/

https://www.tn.gov/humanservices.html

https://www.facebook.com/AutismTennessee/?ref=br_rs

Texas

https://www.disabilityrightstx.org/

https://hhs.texas.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/ASOTX/

Utah

http://disabilitylawcenter.org/

https://hs.utah.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/UtahAutismCoalition/

Vermont

http://www.disabilityrightsvt.org/index.html

http://www.vermont.gov/portal/health/

https://www.facebook.com/Parenting-Autism-35852207474/

Virginia

http://dlcv.org/

http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/#/index

https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaAutismProject/

Washington

https://www.disabilityrightswa.org/

https://www.dshs.wa.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment/

West Virginia

https://www.drofwv.org/

https://dhhr.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/WVATC/

Wisconsin

http://www.disabilityrightswi.org/

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/AutismSocietyofWisconsin/

Wyoming

https://www.wypanda.com/

https://health.wyo.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AutismRocksWyoming/about/?ref=page_internal

District of Columbia

http://www.uls-dc.org/

https://dc.gov/page/health-and-human-services

https://www.facebook.com/TACAMarylandDC/

United States Territories

American Samoa

https://www.americansamoa.gov/office-of-protection-advocacy

https://www.americansamoa.gov/department-of-human-social-services

https://www.facebook.com/pg/PagoPagonetwork/about/?ref=page_internal
(PCSN American Samoa)

Guam

https://www.lawhelp.org/gu/resource/protection-and-advocacy

https://dphss.guam.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/autismguam/

 

 

 

Northern Mariana Islands

http://www.nmpasi.org/

http://chcc.gov.mp/index.php/division-of-public-health

Puerto Rico

https://www.aahd.us/2012/03/puerto-rico-health-disability-programs/

https://www.macpac.gov/publication/medicaid-and-chip-in-puerto-rico/

https://www.facebook.com/wellnessInstituteofneurodevelopment/

U.S. Virgin Islands

http://drcvi.org/

http://www.dhs.gov.vi/home/index.html