Autism Awareness image of hands and puzzle pieces
Tuesday, April 02, 2019

A neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests in many ways, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affect 1 in 59 children, according to the CDC.  Autism occurs worldwide and affects people across all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Autism is a lifelong condition and although therapies are helpful, there is no known cure. April is Autism Awareness Month.

The library has many books about autism.  A list of some adult nonfiction books on autism can be found here.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for in these lists, please ask - the librarians are happy to help you.

Here are some helpful autism-related resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Autism Spectrum Disorder site - information about autism spectrum disorder from a trusted source.  Available in English and Spanish

SPARK (Simons Powering Autism Research) - a large research project that aims to speed up research into the autism spectrum disorder with the participation of the autism community.

American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois Chapter Autism Spectrum Disorders Links and Resources  - the American Academy of Pediatrics Illinois Chapter has a compehensive list of state and nationwide resources about autism spectrum disorder.

IPADD Unite (Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities Unite) - a good source for information and networking about services and issues important to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Illinois.  There is a robust IPADD-Unite Facebook group

NSSRA (North Suburban Special Recreation Association) - Provides recreational opportunities for children, teens and adults with disabilities. Highland Park is an NSSRA member.