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NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Information Resource Center

The NICHD is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NICHD has primary responsibility for conducting and supporting basic, translational, and clinical research in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences related to child and maternal health, in medical rehabilitation, and in the reproductive sciences. Information specialists are available to respond to inquiries Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Review Date: July 26, 2011

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, formerly the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, was founded in 1953 to further the diagnosis, research, and treatment of mental illnesses affecting children, adolescents, and their families. It provides information for both the public and mental health professionals. The Academy also works with a network of mental health groups to improve mental health care and with government agencies to influence public policy. It also holds scholarly institutes on such subjects as epidemiology and psychiatry and the law.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

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American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional society established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners, and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. Occupational therapy is a vital health care service whose practitioners help to restore and sustain the highest quality of productive life to persons recovering from illnesses or injuries, or coping with developmental disabilities or changes resulting from the aging process. Current AOTA membership numbers approximately 42,000, including occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Members reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 65 foreign countries. AOTA's major programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational services; improving consumer access to healthcare services, and promoting the professional development of members.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is the largest national, private autism organization, founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright. Through mergers in the last three years with Autism Coalition Research and Education (ACRE), National Alliance of Autism Research (NAAR), and Cure Autism Now (CAN), Autism Speaks has a collective history of over 30 years of autism experience. Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Review Date: April 01, 2010

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Easter Seals Inc.

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 90 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. Easter Seals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism and other disabilities or special needs and their families each year. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. and through Ability First Australia. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served. Easter Seals also advocates for the passage of legislation to help people with disabilities achieve independence, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Passed in 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against anyone who has a mental or physical disability, guaranteeing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

The National Federation, a national family-run organization serves to: provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families. The Federation provides leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations and collaborates with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America.

Review Date: November 15, 2011

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The Autism Society

The Autism Society and its nationwide network of chapters educates parents, professionals, and the public regarding the autism spectrum; improves the welfare of people with autism spectrum disorders; and supports research regarding autism. The Autism Society’s information and referral service, AutismSource, provides accurate information to parents, health professionals, and concerned citizens. Parents can obtain information on understanding autism spectrum disorders, developing necessary skills for advocating for children or adults with autism, as well as assistance with locating Federal and State programs and education services, appropriate health facilities for children with autism, and other resources.

Review Date: June 12, 2012

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