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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Maine Resources

Autism Society of Maine:
The Autism Society of Maine invites you to join families and professionals in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum disorders, treatments and support of Maine children and adults with autism.

Learning Disabilities Association of Maine:
The organization is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families, to alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities, and to supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities.

Parent-to-Parent Support Groups:

Victoria Beetel
393 Maple Road 
Atkinson ME 04426

Helen Jones 
124 Range Road 
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426 

Larry and Rachel Perkins 
14 Pleasant Avenue PO Box 278
Sangerville ME 04479

Suzane Provost 
9 Central Avenue 
Dover-Foxcroft ME 04426

Family Support Groups:

GEAR Support Groups for Parents of Children with Emotional/Behavioral Needs
Helen Jones 
564-3361 or 800-264-9224

Parents Anonymous of Maine/Mainely Parents 
Pam Marshall 

Parent Support Groups:

Parent Professional Autism PDD Support Group
Molly Eldridge or Betty Crossman 
50 North Street 
Dover Foxcroft ME 04426 
Molly 973-3589 or Betty 973-3590

Tri-County Help in Transition
Tammy McKenney 
PO Box 167 
Dexter ME 04930

National Resources

Autism Society of Maine (ASM):
An autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for people with autism and their loves ones.

Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support (OASIS):
A parent-run information portal.

The Asperger's Association of New England (Maine Chapter):

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):
NIMH scientists are dedicated to understanding the workings and interrelationships of the various regions of the brain, and to developing preventive measures and new treatments for disorders like autism that handicap people in school, work, and social relationships.

Autism Society of America:
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 2 to 6 in 1,000 individuals (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2001). Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle, and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism's occurrence.

"The Pediatrician's Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children" - A Report by The American Academy of Pediatrics:;107/5/1221

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Extensive list of Autism-related links:

New England Center for Children-
since its founding in 1975, The New England Center for Children has remained true to its original mission: providing state-of-the-art education and individualized treatment-with care and respect-for children with autism and other disabilities.

Provides patients, family members, health care professionals, and members of the public easy access to information on clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its National Library of Medicine (NLM), has developed this site in collaboration with all NIH Institutes and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The site was launched in February 2000 and currently contains approximately 7,600 clinical studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, other Federal agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry in over 89,000 locations worldwide. Studies listed in the database are conducted primarily in the United States and Canada, but include locations in about 80 countries. receives over 3 million page views per month and hosts approximately 11,000 visitors daily.

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