Resource: Provide (a person or organization) with materials or other assets necessary for effective operation.
Accessing the resources you/your loved one with ASD require is critical once a diagnosis of autism is received; the need for resources will likely continue into adulthood for the person with ASD. Families and individuals with autism sometimes face a variety of challenges in obtaining services, so local service providers can be key in accessing resources. Getting to know community providers and how they can help you access interventions is important in getting your needs met.
UNC AUTISM RESOURCES
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities: The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) dedicated to providing exemplary clinical services to individuals of all ages who have concerns about or are at risk for intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thus, our specialized clinics focus exclusively on disorders that affect cognitive, social, communication, motor, and adaptive skill development. The CIDD also specializes in serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who may have co-existing behavioral, mental health, or medical health needs. Individuals who have or are suspected of having intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and/or genetic or medical conditions, which impact development, health, and independence would be appropriate referrals to the Institute.
TEACCH Autism Program: The TEACCH Autism Program is a University-based system of community regional centers that offers a set of core services along with unique demonstration programs meeting the clinical, training, and research needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and professionals across the state of North Carolina. The TEACCH Autism Program provides clinical services such as initial referral and consultation, diagnostic evaluations, family consultation sessions, parent support groups, social play and recreation groups, individual counseling for higher-functioning clients, and employment services. In addition, TEACCH conducts training nationally and internationally and provides consultation for teachers, residential care providers, and other professionals from a variety of disciplines. Research activities include psychological, educational, and biomedical studies.
LOCAL AUTISM RESOURCES
Autism Society of North Carolina: The Autism Society of North Carolina provides support and promotes opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families.
The Arc of the Triangle: The Arc of the Triangle supports children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the achievement of their personal goals and dreams in our community through partnership and advocacy. The Arc offers a variety of services to clients and families, including respite care, employment services, community guide/community navigator, Summer Work and Wellness Program, and individual services.
The Arc of North Carolina: The Arc of North Carolina provides advocacy and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chapters exist across the state, focusing on issues of concern in their respective regions. Membership in a local chapter offers families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) a support structure as well as access to needed services.
ABC of NC: ABC of NC Child Development Center is a not-for-profit center dedicated to providing high-quality, evidence-based diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services to people with autism spectrum disorder; ensuring service accessibility to individuals from any economic background; offering support and hope to families; and advocating for inclusion and acceptance.