Autism Research & Education
Resource Format Description The Autism Institute Resource List Resources for individuals and families impacted by Autism. Including explanations of autism, first signs, transition age, and much more. Autism Society Resources Resource List A list of State and Local or National Resources of all kinds. After selecting a type of resource, you can follow a link to get help and referrals as well as more information. Early Signs of Autism Video Tutorial on identifying early signs of autism spectrum disorder. OCALI Video Resources on helping an individual with ASD or ID for parents and educators. WWC Find What Works Resource List Resources for all age levels and different subjects. They research existing “programs, products, practices and policies in education” to ensure you get the best resources you’re looking for.
Family Support & Mental Health Services
Resource Format Description Beach Center on Disability Resource List Beach Center works to help improve the quality of life for your loved one on the spectrum. Families Together Inc. Website The Families Together Parent-to-Parent program matches supporting parents (who have experience raising a child with a disability) with referred parents who need someone to listen, encourage and support them. Supporting You Kansas Website A Peer-to-Peer support network giving an opportunity for people to gain support from a peer who has experienced a similar situation and/or in life. The Arc Website The Arc provides training, and resources to help families and other stakeholders navigate the special education system. Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition Website Sibling Support Toolkit provides topics to talk through with siblings of children with a life altering condition, activities they can do, other sibling experiences, books for children and adult siblings to read during differed circumstances, videos, podcasts, etc. Wichita Mom Blog Resource List Resources in Wichita for families of children with special needs including where to get diagnosed, education, support, funding, and more. Community Mental Health Center of Kansas Resource List Directory of mental health centers in Kansas
Transition & Independent Living
Resource Format Description Kansas Department of Eduction - Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) Resource List Resources for best transition practices for your loved one on the spectrum. Building The Dream: Transition to Adulthood – Families Together (The Road to Employment Resources) Resource List Useful list of resources on transition and independent living. If you have further questions, organizers are very responsive through email. National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Website National organization whose mission is to “advance independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.” Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program Website If you have any questions, this website can help and if not, the people working there will know. Just email them! Kansas DCF - Centers For Independent Living Finder Service Locator Click on your county and it will take you to the info for your center.
Resource Format Description Families Together, Inc. (Kansas Transition and Adult Services Contacts) Resource List Basically, anything that you could ever need help with in regards to youth or older people with disabilities they are here to help you! Centers for Independent Living (Kansas Transition and Adult Services Contacts) Resource List Click on your county and it will take you to the info for your center.
Government & Legal Services
Resource Format Description Social Security Administration Website For all things related to social security. Wright’s Law Special Education Law and Advocacy Website FAQs about Wright’s Law and how it can help. Disability Rights Center of Kansas Website DRC advocates for the rights of Kansans with disabilities under state or federal laws. Go to above website to determine if DRC can take your case!
Careers On The Spectrum
Resource Format Description The Spectrum Careers Job Finder Search any job in any area and they provide you with job listings specifically available for people with ASD. Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit Tips for finding a good fitting job for people on the spectrum. Reasons employers need people with different abilities on their team. Pacer Helpful tips for people with ASD building a resume. A job search checklist, action plan for resume, and more! Career and Job Possibilities (The Road to Employment Resources) Video Video with career advice and guidance overview. Kansas Works Website The Kansas Works aim to help job seekers obtain job opportunities and assist in gaining the means for job seekers to do so. They also help businesses keep and maintain their work employees. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Website The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Website The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. Vocational Rehabilitation Resource List Map of Vocational Rehabilitation contacts by county.