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Where You Can Turn for Support

March 12, 2001

* Autism Society of Los Angeles: Provides general information, plus contacts for local support groups--including ones for Spanish-speaking people--and a library with books, videos and research papers. Sponsors an autism conference in Pasadena on April 27-29. 1612 W. Olive Ave., Suite 201, Burbank 91506; (818) 953-3855;

* Cure Autism Now: Finding effective treatments for autism. 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 715, Los Angeles 90036; (323) 549-0500;

* Protection and Advocacy Inc: Helps people with disabilities obtain services. The nonprofit organization's booklet, "Special Education: Rights and Responsibilities," outlines the law around special education. 100 Howe Ave., Suite 185-N, Sacramento 95825; (916) 488-9955;

* Comfort Connection Family Resource Center: Serves families of children, birth to 36 months, born at risk or with disabilities. 12361 Lewis St, Suite 101; Garden Grove 92840-4683; (888) FRC-BABY,

* The HELP Group: Family of nonprofit agencies serving children, adolescents, young adults and families with special needs including autism. 13130 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks 91401; (877) 943-5747;

* UCLA Family Support Community Program: Provides support, including a summer camp, to families with a child or adolescent with autism and other social/communication disorders. (310) 206-6150.

* Professional Advocates for Special Students: Helps parents obtain services for their children. 6200 Vista del Mar, Suite 101, Playa Del Rey 90293; (310) 301-0817;

* Useful Web sites: (based on one family's experiences); (Families for Early Autism Treatment); and (both about special education law); (publishers of autism-related books); and (Center for the Study of Autism).

* Books about autism:

"Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph Over Autism," by Catherine Maurice. Fawcett Books, 1994.

"Facing Autism: Giving Parents Reasons for Hope and Guidance for Help," by Lynn M. Hamilton. WaterBrook Press, 2000.

"A Parent's Guide to Autism," by Charles A. Hart. Pocket Books, 1993.

"Autism: The Facts," by Simon Baron-Cohen and Patrick Bolton. Oxford Paperbacks, 1993.

"Autism Treatment Guide," 2nd Edition, by Elizabeth Gerlach. Future Horizons, 2000.

* Books about a kind of autism called Asperger's syndrome:

"Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals," by Tony Attwood. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998.

"Autism and Asperger Syndrome," edited by Uta Frith. Cambridge University Press, 1991.

"Asperger Syndrome," by Ami Klin, Fred. R Volkmar and Sara S. Sparrow. The Guilford Press, 2000.

"Pretending to Be Normal," by Liane Holliday Willey. Jessica Kingsley Pub., 1999.

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