Autism

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Infantile Autism
  • Kanner Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Autism is a lifelong, nonprogressive neurologic disorder typically appearing before the age of thirty months. It is characterized by language and communication deficits, withdrawal from social contacts and extreme reactions to changes in the immediate environment. About 75 percent of children with autism have low scores on standardized intelligence tests. The outlook for independent living may be improved with intensive training.

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Attn: Marion Mealing,
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
USA
Tel: (240)403-1901
Fax: (240)403-1909
Email: ffcmh@ffcmh.org
Internet: http://www.ffcmh.org

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
1211 Chestnut Street
Suite 1207
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6312
USA
Tel: (215)751-1810
Fax: (215)636-6312
Tel: (800)553-4539
Email: info@mhselfhelp.org
Internet: http://www.mhselfhelp.org

National Mental Health Association
2000 North Beauregard Street
6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
USA
Tel: (703)684-7722
Fax: (703)684-5968
Tel: (800)969-6642
TDD: (800)433-5959
Email: infoctr@nmha.org
Internet: http://www.nmha.org

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814-3015
Tel: (301)657-0881
Fax: (301)657-0869
Tel: (800)328-8476
Internet: http://www.autism-society.org

PHP - Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
Sobrato Center For Nonprofits-San Jose
1400 Parkmoor Avenue
Suite 100
Sant Jose, CA 95126
USA
Tel: (408)727-5775
Fax: (408)286-1116
Tel: (866)747-4040
TDD: (408)727-5775
Email: info@php.com
Internet: http://www.php.com

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd.
Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Tel: (703)524-7600
Fax: (703)524-9094
Tel: (800)999-6264
TDD: (703)516-7227
Email: membership@nami.org
Internet: http://www.nami.org

Autism Services Center
P.O. Box 507
Huntington, WV 25710-0507
Tel: (304)525-8014
Fax: (304)525-8026

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd
Rm 8184, MSC 9663
Rockville, MD 20892-9663
Tel: (301)443-4513
Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
TDD: (301)468-5981
Email: me20t@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

NIH/National Society for Children and Adults with Autism
1234 Massachusetts Ave.
Suite 1017
Washington, DC 20005

NIH/Nat'l Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders Information Clearinghouse
1 Communication Ave
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
Tel: (301)402-0900
Fax: (301)907-8830
Tel: (800)241-1044
TDD: (800)241-1105
Email: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

National Autistic Society
393 City Road
London, Intl EC1V 1NG
United Kingdom
Tel: 020 7833 2299
Fax: 020 7833 9699
Email: nas@nas.org.uk
Internet: http://www.autism.org.uk

Autism Network International
P.O. Box 448
Syracuse, NY 13235
USA
Tel: (315)476-2462
Fax: (315)425-1978
Email: jisincla@mailbox.syr.edu
Internet: http://www.ani.ac

Autism Research Institute
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Tel: (619)281-7165
Fax: (619)563-6840
Internet: http://www.autismresearchinstitute.com

OASIS @ MAAP
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308
Tel: (219)662-1311
Fax: (219)662-0638
Email: info@maapservices.org
Internet: http://www.maapservices.org

NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
31 Center Dr
Building 31, Room 2A32
MSC2425
Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel: (301)496-5133
Fax: (301)496-7101
Internet: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

Organization For Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
PO Box 772
Pilling
Preston, Intl PR3 6WW
UK
Tel: 01253 790000
Fax: 01253 790000
Email: Janet.oacs@btinternet.com
Internet: http://www.oacs-uk.co.uk/

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.
800 Celebration Ave, Suite 225
Orlando, FL 34747
USA
Tel: (407)566-8304
Fax: (407)895-0824
Email: staff@birthdefects.org
Internet: http://www.birthdefects.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids)
3527 Fortuna Ranch Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
USA
Tel: (858)395-5421
Fax: (858)756-0431
Email: info@celiackids.com
Internet: http://www.celiackids.com

New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
811 East Wisconsin Ave
Suite 937
Milwaukee, WI 53202
USA
Tel: (414)299-0124
Fax: (414)347-1977
Email: horizons@new-horizons.org
Internet: http://www.new-horizons.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Geneva Centre for Autism
112 Merton Street
Toronto, Ontario, M4S 2 Z8
Canada
Tel: 416-322-7877
Fax: 416-322-5894
Email: info@autism.net
Internet: www.autism.net

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Autism Speaks
2 Park Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212)252-8584
Fax: (212)252-8676
Email: contactus@autismspeaks.org
Internet: http://www.autismspeaks.org

Global and Regional Asperger's Syndrome Partnership
666 Broadway, Suite 830
New York, NY 10012
Tel: (888)474-7277
Fax: (888)474-7277
Email: info@grasp.org
Internet: http://www.grasp.org

PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship
260-3665 Kingsway
Vancouver
British Columbia, V5R 5W2
Canada
Tel: 604-439-9566
Fax: 604-439-7001
Email: inquiries@planinstitute.ca
Internet: http://www.planinstitute.ca/?q=learnfromus/library

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