Useful Links

If you are looking for extra advice or looking for other services around autism, please see the list below.

Options Group

This site is all about the Options Group and its Autism specific services. It has a wealth of information on the subject as well as their own services delivered all over the country.

Autism Today

featuring Dr Edward Danczak related to his work and that of Dr Wakefield. There has been much controversy over Dr Wakefield and his assertion that MMR has induced Autism by attacking the immune system of susceptible children. The establishment have got together to crucify Dr Wakefield saying there is no evidence to back up his claims and trying to discredit him. However, many parents are convinced that their children were badly damaged by this triple injection.

This site gives another individual practitioner’s views on Autism and immune system links and suggests possible non invasive treatments. Obviously, HAFS cannot support or deny the efficacy of this view but leaves it to the individual families to make their own minds up regarding the science and evidence as presented which if nothing else is a very interesting article.

Kids Behaviour

A site that is packed with information on behavior and behavior management of Autistic children

Crossbow Education

This site provides a full range of aids for helping Autistic children, particularly in the area of learning to wait and starting and finishing which as we all know is an area of great stress and anxiety

Autism Buddy

Packed full of printable information and resources for teachers and parents on Autism.

LT Scotland

LT Scotland is a good source of information generally but in particular on guides for the learning skills of vulnerable adults. The link below is a detailed advice and guidance for helping parents to deal with and explain about relationships and the complexity of them. The link below is entitled Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Resource for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is well worth a read.

Comprehensive USA site

Packed full of information on Autism.

Dogs For the Disabled

Dogs trained to help autistic children.

ABA Educational Resources Ltd.

US site run by the mother of a child with autism, devoted to providing Applied Behavioural Analysis resource materials to children involved in an ABA programme.  (New window)

ABA Resources

US site run by a father whose child has experienced Applied Behavioural Analysis. Contains large number of links.  (New window)

Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Non-profit organization which supports continuing education and research in cognitive therapy, and works towards the identification and certification of clinicians skilled in cognitive therapy.  (New window)

Action on Access

UK co-ordination team for widening participation in higher education, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and Northern Ireland’s Department for Employment and Learning.  (New window)

ADD Contact

UK family-run site aims to promote awareness of ADD/ADHD and to provide information and practical help to sufferers, and their families, or anyone who comes into contact with them.  (New window)

ADD Information Services (ADDIS)

UK charity, which provides information support and training on ADHD to both parents and professionals.  (New window)

ADHD UK Alliance

UK charity working to raise awareness, influence policy and improve services for children, parents, families and adults affected by ADHD.  (New window)

Adverse Psychiatric Reactions Information Link

UK site which provides information and promotes awareness of psychiatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to many kinds of prescribed psychiatric medication.  (New window)

Advocacy Alliance

Coalition between national charities, and the advocacy and user involvement sector, in the UK. It aims to improve access to advocacy for people who are not heard without the help of someone else.  (New window)

AIT Institute

US organisation which facilitates and provides free referrals to AIT Practitioners worldwide, as well as providing families with AIT information.  (New window)

Alternative medication: Information from the RXList

Searchable data base of alternative medication.  (New window)

American Art Therapy Association

A not-for-profit organization that has has established standards for art therapy education, ethics, and practice within the USA.  (New window)

American Chiropractic Association

US professional association which represents doctors of chiropractic. The ACA provides lobbying, public relations, professional and educational opportunities for doctors of chiropractic, funds research regarding chiropractic and health issues, and offers leadership for the advancement of the profession.  (New window)

American Music Therapy Association

Association which aims to advance public awareness of the benefits of music therapy and increase access to quality music therapy services in a rapidly changing world.  (New window)

American Occupational Therapy Association

National professional association which represents the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services within the USA.  (New window)

American Physical Therapy Association

National professional organization for physical therapists in the USA which aims to foster advancements in physical therapy practice, research, and education.  (New window)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.  (New window)


Run by Autism Network International, this list is intended to be a meeting place and advocacy network for people with autistic spectrum disorders and those with autistic-like traits  (New window)

Applied Theatre Research and Autism Network (ATRAN)

An online network uniting professionals and parents interested in applying theatre techniques to help individuals with autism.  (New window)

AquaThought Foundation

Privately funded research organization dedicated to the exploration of human-dolphin interaction  (New window)

AS Interactive Project

Project funded by the Shirley Foundation and run in collaboration with the National Autistic Society. It is investigating the use of virtual environments to support people with Asperger Syndrome.  (New window)


UK discussion forum which describes itself as ‘a support network of parents with Autistic and Aspergers children, who discuss life as we know it…’  (New window)

Designed as a free resource on American Sign Language for the classroom teacher.  (New window)

Asperger Syndrome Foundation

London based charity which aims to promote high quality support and services, and to enable people with Asperger’s syndrome to develop into members of the community who are respected for their contribution and recognised for their unique differences.  (New window)

Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group Online

UK online support group for people with Asperger’s Syndrome.  (New window)


UK discussion forum which aims to provide a place where anyone dealing with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder can get together with others and share experiences, knowledge and support.  (New window)

Aspie Village

A social networking site for anyone over the age of 16 in the United Kingdom, with diagnosed or self-diagnosed Asperger syndrome.  (New window)

Aspie Vision

Discussion forum for adults in the UK and Ireland, who are diagnosed with Asperger syndrome  (New window)

Aspies Dugout

Online forum for adults with an autism spectrum disorder to talk.  (New window)

Aspies For Freedom

Online group for anyone with autism, asperger’s or any spectrum condition. Its website aims to serve as a communication hub and collection of resources for the community.  (New window)

Assistance Dogs International, Inc

Coalition of not for profit organizations that train and place Assistance Dogs  (New window)

Association for Play Therapy

US professional society which aims to foster contact among mental health professionals interested in exploring and applying the therapeutic power of play to communicate with and treat clients.  (New window)

Association for Science in Autism Treatment

US organisation which aims to disseminate accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism and to improve access to effective, science-based treatments for all people with autism.  (New window)

Association of Professional Music Therapists

Professional body of musical therapists in the UK which has a code of conduct by which all music therapists must abide.  (New window)

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice

UK organisation which provides information on independent speech and language therapists throughout the United Kingdom, and supports therapists in independent practice.  (New window)

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Sanctuary

This part of the MH Sanctuary website provides a range of resources on Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, including articles, bookstore and online chat facility.  (New window)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

US site covering treatments, research family and many more issues involving Attention Deficit Disorder.  (New window)

Attention Deficit Disorder Links Project

US portal, providing links to a wide range of other websites on ADHD.  (New window)

Auditory Integration Training Institute

US company which provides auditory integration training.  (New window)

Auditory Integration Training Resources

US company which provides auditory integration training.  (New window)

Auditory Integration Training Services

US company which provides Auditory Integration Training.  (New window)

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Professional body which represents the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients.  (New window)

Australian Rett Syndrome Study

Established to set up a facility for population-based Rett syndrome research in Australia.  (New window)

AutiNet Forum

International electronic list discussing all aspects of autism and developmental disorders, but especially high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger syndrome  (New window)

Autism – Out and About

UK symbol provider whose illustrator has first hand experience of autistic spectrum disorders.  (New window)

Autism Acceptance Project

Canadian organisation which is dedicated to promoting acceptance of and accommodations for autistic people in society.  (New window)

Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia

Advocacy organisation for people with autism spectrum disorders which aims to provide a voice on a national and a state and territory level for individuals and groups across Australia  (New window)

Autism Awareness Forum

UK discussion forum run by the Disabilities Trust  (New window)

Autism Centre

UK company which provides autism rehabilitation therapy, a form of sensory intergration training based on the ideas of Carl Delacato.  (New window)

Autism Centre at Sheffield Hallam University

The Centre is an evolving and developing organisation dedicated to enabling people with autistic spectrum disorders, parents, families and professionals to access information about the autistic spectrum.  (New window)

Autism Connect

International portal on all aspects on autism, including a discussion forum  (New window)

Autism Cymru

Welsh charity which aims to make a real difference to the provision and delivery of services for people with autistic spectrum disorders in Wales  (New window)

Autism Data

Online database of published material on autism run by the National Autistic Society. It lists over 17,000 published research papers, books, articles, videos and other materials.  (New window)

Autism Education Trust

UK charity which aims to create a platform for voluntary, independent and statutory providers to plan and develop appropriate autism education provision across all education settings, including early years.  (New window)

Autism Education Trust

UK charity which aims to create a platform for voluntary, independent and statutory providers to plan and develop appropriate autism education provision across all education settings, including early years.  (New window)

Autism Europe

International association whose main objective is to advance the rights of persons with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life.  (New window)

Autism File

Independent, UK journal with articles about range of alternative and complementary interventions for people with autism.  (New window)

Autism Independent UK

UK charity which aims to increase awareness of autism, together with well established and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment  (New window)

Autism Independent UK

Message board run by UK charity which exists to increase awareness of autism, together with well established and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment.  (New window)

Autism List

International forum for discussion of autism topics  (New window)

Autism London

London charity which provides impartial support, advice and information to individuals, their families and carers, and professionals affected by autism and Asperger syndrome living in Greater London.  (New window)

Autism Medical

UK charity dedicated to the investigation and treatment of dietary, gastrointestinal and immune issues in autistic spectrum disorders  (New window)

Autism National Committee

Autism advocacy organisation which aims to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior  (New window)

Autism Network for Dietary Interventions

Organisation which provides help and support for families using a gluten and casein free diet in the treatment of autism and related developmental disabilities.  (New window)

Autism Network International

US-based self-help and advocacy organisation for people with autism.  (New window)

Autism NI (PAPA)

Northern Irish not-for-profit organisation which provides a range of services to people with autism.  (New window)

Autism Parents

Forum for parents of children with autism who do not wish to ‘cure’ their children  (New window)

Autism Research Centre

UK academic centre which aims to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention.  (New window)

Autism Research Institute

US not-for-profit organisation which provides information about a wide range of autism interventions.  (New window)

Autism Research Network

The National Institutes of Health support two major research networks dedicated to understanding and treating autism. This website provides a single source of information about these networks and the research they conduct.  (New window)

Autism Research Unit at the University of Sunderland

UK academic unit which researches dietary interventions for the treatment of autism.  (New window)

Autism Resources

Listing of online communities which address issues related to autism spectrum disorders.  (New window)

Autism Service Dogs of America

US, non-profit, organisation that provides service dogs to children living with autism and their families.  (New window)

Autism Services Directory

Online service designed and developed by the National Autistic Society to provide directory information about organisations and services for people with autism in the UK.  (New window)

Autism Society of America

US not-for-profit organisation which aims to increase public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.  (New window)

Autism Speaks

UK charity which aims to act as a catalyst in increasing the funds available for biomedical autism research in the UK.  (New window)

Autism Spectrum Disorders – Canadian American Research Consortium

A Canadian group of researchers, clinicians and parents working together to better understand the causes, origins and effects of autism spectrum disorders, and the effects of treatment of persons with an ASD or a related disorder.  (New window)

Autism Treatment Center of America

Division of the US not-for-profit organisation, which describes itself as the worldwide teaching centre for the Son-Rise Programme.  (New window)

Autism Treatment Trust

Formerly known as Action Against Autism, this Scottish charity aims to raise awareness of potential environmental triggers for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and to counter the claims that autism is a purely inherited (genetic) condition.  (New window)

Autism UK

UK mailing list which is not affiliated to any one autism group but provides a forum for wide-ranging discussion on many issues related to autistic spectrum disorders.  (New window)

Autism Unravelled

UK charity dedicated to unravelling the biomedical issues associated with autistic spectrum disorders.  (New window)

Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice

International journal which provides a major international forum for research of direct and practical relevance to improving the quality of life for individuals with autism or autism-related disorders.  (New window)

US message board which covers a range of issues  (New window)

US-based online community site for people with an interest in autism.  (New window)

US message board which covers a range of treatments and therapies.  (New window)

Autistic Advocacy

A repository for articles, editorials, and questionable attempts at humor by by Frank Klein  (New window)

Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Non-profit organisation run by and for autistics, which aims to improve the representation of the autistic community in public policy discussions as well as to advance the autistic culture movement.  (New window)

Website run by people with autism, which describes itself as the real voice of autism.  (New window)

Autuniversity mailing list

Online mailing list for students with an autism spectrum condition studying at university or tertiary education level.  (New window)

Research Autism net

An up-to-date site dealing with research into autism.

Autism File com

A mine of information on Autism.

Autism Research Centre

Carers Free Cinema Card

A site where you can apply for a cinema card that allows a carer in free when accompanying a paying disabled person.

Lamb Inquiry Into Special Needs Statements

September’s site is the details of the Lamb Inquiry into special needs statements and associated services. Please link onto

Whole Spectrum Autism Information

October’s site: A wealth of information available

Asperger Teens Site

November’s site: which is  developed and run by parents from round the country with a common aim – to try and bring abo some kind of change in relation to services provided to children and teenageruts with Asperger’s Syndrome

About Autism

December 2009 site: which was developed and is run by parents of an autistic young lady Zoe with information about their experiences

February 2010 site: Lots of info here.

Medical Tags

March 2010 site: Useful for lost children. Contains medical information on the child


Treehouse Site by Parents

April 2010 site. This charity was founded by parents like ourselves and has advanced greatly over the years. Maybe HAFS will become the Treehouse of the North?


May 2010 site. AuKids is a quarterly positive parenting magazine aimed at families with young children on the autism spectrum


June 2010 site. Autistica is the largest UK charity raising funds for medical research that will improve diagnosis, advance new treatments and discover the causes of autism. Autistica believes that this research will ultimately bring real benefits to people with autism and their families

July 2010 site. which is the new NAS website that has just been launched with a new format and more information in a more accessible format.

Lots of useful Autism Related information and local counselling directory

Is a guide to potty training a child with autism using applied behavioural analysis.


What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done."

Dr. Temple Grandin

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