Looking for information?  Check out the websites below for information about intellectual and developmental disabilities, info about music, aromatherapy, sensory and other therapies--many of which the Olean Center employ in our work with participants.  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.  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.

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.  We hope you find the offerings illuminating!

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.

American Music Therapy Association
provides a comprehensive launching pad to learn more about the benefits of music therapy.



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.


A short primer about plants which have long been considered helpful in reducing anxiety and stress from Mental Health Daily:,7%20Sandalwood.%208%20Sweet%20marjoram.%209%20Ylang%20ylang.


Autism Speaks

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.

First Signs 

Nancy Wiseman’s organization focuses on issues of early identification and family support, as well as education of professionals about ASD.

First Words Project

This website from Florida State University on the “First Words Project” and the Autism Institute is directed by Dr. Amy Wetherby related to research on early identification.

Gardening with People with Disabilities

The National Gardening Association offers a comprehensive article: 

Horticulture Therapy 

has been used for therapy for centuries. Learn more about its physiological, emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits in this article from the University of Florida:

Amy Laurent’s Website 

is also excellent, providing practical information for children and adults with autism and for those who support them.

Dr. Barry Prizant, Ph.D. 

is a well-regarded voice on autism and the author of the book, Uniquely Human.

Rhode Island Family Guide

Resources Ranging from Support Group Info, State and Local Info, and more


Social Thinking

focuses on strategies for developing social competencies which are geared towards those on the Spectrum who have average cognitive abilities.

Verywell Health

Offers clear and comprehensive information on Autism.


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