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Attend meetings
We have many types of monthly support and informational meetings. Some support meetings are for parents of school-age children, others for parents of older teens and adults, one is for teens with an autism spectrum diagnosis (Asperger Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)) and one for adults with an ASD. We also have a support group for grandparents.

We offer DAYTIME AND EVENING SUPPORT MEETINGS from Montauk to Manhattan:   Meetings are located from the East End of Long Island in Suffolk County, to mid-Suffolk County in Stony Brook and Brentwood, Nassau County, Queens and Manhattan. Specific dates, times and locations can be found on the Support pages in the dropdown above. We also have an Evening Support Meeting for parents of older teens and adults.

We offer support meetings for older teens and adults (18 and older) monthly on Saturdays on Long Island in partnership with GRASP (The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership), for individuals on the spectrum. Family members are welcome to attend the first one or two sessions but the focus is primarily for individuals on the spectrum.

We offer support meetings for adults (18 and older) monthly on Thursdays in NYC in partnership with Spectrum Services for individuals on the spectrum.

We offer a Teen Support group in partnership with GRASP, also on Saturdays for ages 13-19. This is for teens only, family members may sit in the waiting area and converse with one another.

We know, first hand, how difficult it can be sometimes to attend meetings. However, we urge you to make the effort. You need the support (and we need yours). Support meeting dates, times and locations may be accessed on our website under Support.

For Information Specific to Autism Call
Autism/Asperger Resource Center (AARC) (www.kumc.edu/aarc)
Phone: 913 588-5988 or 5955

Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) (www.iidc.indiana.edu)
Phone:812 855-6508

For Information on Disability Laws (eg IDEA) Call
NICHCY (National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities) (www.nichcy.org)

ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives from transition for students to adult services; vocational rehabilitation services for working age individuals with disabilities; and independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages.

For the Vocational Rehabilitation District Office in Your County Click Here.

For General Information:

Phone: 1-800-222-JOBS(5627)
Email: accesadm@mail.nysed.gov

If You Are New to the Diagnosis, A Place To Begin Reading
Editorial opinion: Medicine is still researching the differences between High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Understand that treatment for both diagnoses in school, at home and in the community, is the same.

Please see our Suggested Reading List for our suggested books.

A booklet from OAR that is free (for downloading) or which can be mailed to you for a small charge is called An Educators Guide to Asperger Syndrome. Go to Resources at the top of their website and then to Recommended Reading. You will find this publication at the bottom of the list. This is a wonderful resource compiled from the writings of Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., her graduate students and others.

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, by Tony Attwood (1998)

Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Educators and Parents, Brenda Smith Myles and Richard L. Simpson (1999)

Parent/Person with Autism Narratives:
Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin (1995)
Emergence: Labeled Autistic, by Temple Grandin & M. Scariano (1986)
A Parent's Guide to Autism, by Charles Hart (1995)

More Extensive Reading Lists and Books Can Be Obtained by Contacting:
Autism Society of North Carolina, Book Store: 919 743-0204
Indiana Resource Center for Autism: 812 855-6508
Future Horizons: 800 489-0727
Autism Resource Network, Inc. 612 988-0088

Some of our members find it useful to subscribe to some of the following:

  • Autism Spectrum News is a nonprofit quarterly publication that provides readers with a trusted source of news, information and resources on scientific research, evidence-based clinical treatment, and family issues that are of vital interest to the autism community.  Directed towards a broad audience of families, treatment professionals and service providers, Autism Spectrum News provides free and full readable copies of current and back issues on its website.  www.mhnews-autism.org
  • Autism Spectrum Quarterly - Published by Starfish Specialty Press, editor Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, senior editor Liane Holliday Willey, Ph.D. this quarterley publication incorporates Carol Gray's Social Story newsletter The Morning News. Subscribe at: http://www.asquarterly.com/subscribe.html
  • Intervention in School and Clinic - You may purchase a subscription to this journal from Pro-Ed, Inc. (800) 897-3202.

On the internet
Our website (www.ahany.org) offers information and resources about local meetings and resources as well as resources all over the internet.

The following websites may be useful:

Part 200 Regulations:        http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/lawsregs/
NYSED-Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Continuing Ed : http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/
Part 100 Regulations:    http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/home.html
Federal Law IDEA '97:    http://oldsite.cec.sped.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Instruction_and_Curriculum&ContentID=5519&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm
Federal Law IDEA '04: http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/law.htm


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