THE COMPASS PROJECT
Autism Resource Center
AUTISM, ASPERGERS AND PDD
- Autism Speaks A New York based advocacy organization working to improve public awareness about autism and promote autism research.
- Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) A New York organization providing support and information for families, individuals and professionals affected by Aspergers Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
- Organization for Autism Research A parent-led organization using applied science to answer questions that other parents, families, individuals with autism, teachers and caregivers confront daily.
- The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) One of the largest organizations in the world providing treatment to children with Autism, PDD and Asperger's Syndrome.
- MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of More advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger's syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).
- Autism Family Center A Westchester Jewish Community Services program offering parent support and education, networking, resources, social skills groups, and professional consultation (click on .pdf link).
- Autism United An alliance of families and individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders that works with professionals and organizations who serve the autism community.
- AutismLink A website providing information and support for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Includes general autism information, services to help parents meet other parents in their area, articles, newsletter, message boards, and a nation-wide database of service providers.
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SUPPORT, INFORMATION AND ADVOCACY
- Parent to Parent of New York State A statewide network enabling families of individuals with special needs to meet and share information. Click here for Parent for Parent programs in other states.
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) An information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues.
- Pediatric Autism A good primer on autism, complete with an overview, listings of signs and symptoms, and an annotated listing of different kinds of autism tests, to help move passed the initial stigmas.
- Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources Provides information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for people with disabilities and their families.
- GRASP - The Global and Regional Asperger's Partnership Offers information, resources and a support group network for adults with spectrum disorders.
- YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Provides a wide range of services, education and training in the field of developmental and learning disabilities.
- The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University Offers clinical services for children and adults with Autism and related disorders, graduate-level coursework and training opportunities for clinicians, a Resource Center, social skills and parent training programs, family workshops, and programs for young people transitioning to adulthood.
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HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE TRANSITION
- Advocacy Tips for Transition from High School to Adulthood JCCA Compass Project
- Vocational Rehabilitation Programs and Academic Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities (pdf) Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. Associate Dean, Executive Director, VIP, New York Institute of Technology
- Planning for Post Secondary Options (pdf) Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. Associate Dean, Executive Director, VIP, New York Institute of Technology
- ThinkCollege.net Resources for high school students with learning disabilities who are thinking about college, their family members and professionals. Includes a searchable databse of postsecondary education programs that support youth with learning disabilitites.
- AHEAD: Association on Higher Education And Disability A professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
- Effective College Planning WNY Collegiate Consortium and Disability Advocates
- Transition and Your Adolescent with Learning Disabilities: Moving from High School to Postsecondary Education, Training, and Employment Provides families with information about how to plan for the transition from school to postsecondary settings and information about different postsecondary options for adolescents with disabilities.
- Transition Strategies from High School to College Center for Advancement and Learning, Muskingum College
- Transition to College and Work for Teens National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
- "Are you considering college?" Flow Chart (pdf) Student Advocacy Handbook for High School Juniors and Seniors Transitioning to College
The Northern New York Post Secondary Transition Team
- What Does Health Have to Do with Transition? Everything! Parent Brief, National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
- Developing the Transition Component of the IEP by Barbara D. Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.
- New York Institute of Technology Vocational Independence Program (VIP) A college-based educational, vocational, social, and independent living program for individuals with learning differences.
- Section 504: The Law and its Impact on Postsecondary Education American Council on Education
- Getting Ready for School: Success and and the Transition to Adulthood (pdf) Social and academic development and strategies to increase success.
Presentation by Matthew Cruger, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.
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JEWISH PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK
- Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Offers a variety of services for children and young adults with learning disabilities.
- The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan: Special Needs Programs Programs for children with special needs and their families.
- F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System Offers a variety of services for children and adults with disabilities.
- Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns Offers an array of programs for the special needs population, inlcuding social, recreational and educational programs, caregiver respite, and advocacy.
- Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester Offers programs for children, teens and adults with special needs, including a resource and referral center.
- Jewish Community Center of Staten Island Services for children with special needs include preschool, Jewish education, social, recreational, skills assessment and tutoring programs.
- MATAN: The Gift of Jewish Learning for Every Child A nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of and providing opportunities for children with special needs to receive a Jewish education.
- Samuel Field Y Special Needs Programs Offers after-school and summer programs for children with learning disabilities and social, recreational and educational activities for children and adults with developmental disabilitites.
- Ezra Center for People with Disabilitites, The Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC Offers after-school and summer activities for children ages 5-12 with ADHD, ADD, Aspergers, PDD, autism, learning disabilities or speech and language delays, as well as parent support groups.
- The Hebrew Educational Society Provides after-school childcare, tutoring, and recreational activities for children with special needs and recreational programs for young adults with special needs.
- Jewish Community Center on the Hudson Offers programs for children and adults with disabilities and their families.
- Kings Bay YM-YWHA Offers after-school programs for children and teens with special needs.
- 92nd Street Y Provides after-school, weekend and summer programs for children and teens with learning and other developmental disabilities and recreational and social programs for young adults developmental disabilities.
- Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center: Special Services Center Offers after-school, weekend and summer programs for children with special needs, social and recreational programs for adults with special needs, parent workshops, counseling, and therapy.
- The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center: Butler Special Needs Program Offers after-school, vacation and summer camp programs for children with special needs, social skills groups, young adult social program, parent seminars, and sibling support groups
- Ohel Children's Home and Family Services Offers summer day camp programs for children and teens with developmental disabilitites, group home residential services and day habilitation program for adults, in-home services, and family support.
- Richard G. Rosenthal Jewish Community Center of Northern Westchester The Special Services Department provides a variety of social, theraputic, vocational, and recreational activities for children, teens and adults with special needs.
- Riverdale YM-YWHA Holds classes and monthly support group meetings for families with special needs children.
- The Shield Institute Provides wide-ranging educational and support services to children and adults of all backgrounds with autism and other developmental disabilities.
- Ramapo for Children A nonprofit organization providing adventure-based, experiential learning programs for children and teens with special needs.
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INCLUSION IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
- Jason's Story
- Dianne's Story Alut (Israel) ALUT provides educational, residential, vocational and leisure-time services to people with autism and works to advance their rights and to improve the services available to them and their families.
- Beit Issie Shapiro (Israel) Offers educational and treatment programs for children and adults with special needs and their families. Through their wide range of activities and programs, they work to improve the civic rights of those with special needs and their full inclusion in the community.
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- From Invisability to Visibly In: Community-Program-Ignited Change in Awareness and Attitudes Toward Jews with Disabilities (pdf) By Shelly Christensen, MA and Margie Weil, MPNA
Journal of Jewish Communal Services, Winter/Spring 2007
- What Autistic Girls Are Made Of By Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine, August 5, 2007
Research and clinical observation are starting to show that autistic girls are different from autistic boys. And these differences may have implications for the quality of their lives.
- Praying With Lior (Documentary)
This fascinating documentary focuses on the phenomenon of rabbi's son Lior Liebing, a boy with Down syndrome considered a "spiritual genius" for his boundless enthusiasm for prayer and professed close communication with God.
- Parallel Play: A Lifetime of Restless Isolation Explained (pdf) By Tim Page, The New Yorker, August 20, 2007
- Op-ed: You Can't "Catch" Autism From a Play Date By Lisa Dowler, Newsday, September 8, 2007
- Guidance for Parents From an Expert on Autism By Nancy Shute, U.S. News & World Report, October 29, 2007
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