A PLACE TO START...
Looking for information? Whether you are interested in services for yourself, someone in your family, a student, a patient or are seeking answers and direction: welcome to the Olean Center’s Resource page.
By no means do we have all the answers here, but, The Center will continue to grow this page--based on information we gather and the feedback we receive.
The websites listed below may be just a good place to start learning what you might need and want to know. We hope they provide education and inspiration.
Some links have been recommended by school psychologists, by parents with a child on the autism spectrum, and by others.
Please let us know if there is something else which would be helpful to you!
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
offers everything from webinars and journals, to information on news and policy related to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
headquartered in Washington, D.C., works to protect and promote the dignity and inclusion of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and offers a variety of resources on their website.
is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities. A bevy of resources and research are available and searchable by topic, the age of the person with ASD, by your relationship to that person, and more.
The Autism Project
is another very good resource, particularly if you live in Rhode Island.
Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island
is a parent advocacy organization offering information (including through a lending library and newsletter), which works to promote the dignity and potential of those with Down Syndrome.
Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D.
is a well-regarded voice on autism and the author of the book, Uniquely Human.
Amy Laurent’s Website
is also excellent, providing practical information for children and adults with autism and for those who support them.
Rhode Island Family Guide
Resources Ranging from Support Group Info, State and Local Info, and more
focuses on strategies for developing social competencies which are geared towards those on the Spectrum who have average cognitive abilities.
Florida State University
This website on the “First Words Project”and the Autism Institute directed by Dr. Amy Wetherby related to research on early identification.
Nancy Wiseman’s organization focuses on issues of early identification and family support, as well as education of professionals about ASD.