There is a growing number of schools across the United States that provide educational services to children with autism spectrum disorders. Some are based at research universities or long-standing nonprofit organizations that have served people with autism for years before the recent sharp rise in diagnoses. Others reflect new efforts by state governments to meet the rising demand for autism services.
With these trends in mind, I've started the Autism Schools Map Project, for which I'm asking for your help. I have created the map below, with a small number of points representing schools around the U.S. that are designed to educate students with autism. Check it out below (if you are an e-mail subscriber click here to see it). If you know of other autism schools or programs, let me know by e-mailing me at michaelsgoldberg AT yahoo DOT com. Please include the school's name, address and website. I will periodically update the map and let readers know it has new information.
Why do this? Finding an effective educational program for a child with autism is among the most important actions parents can take to help their kids progress. For many kids with autism spectrum disorders, a quality educational program is the best prescription for helping them grow as people and can make a positive difference in their quality of life. While there are still not enough options for students with autism, the menu is growing. My goal in making this map is to provide a starting point for parents and other caregivers seeking information about autism education services. In the future, I hope to create an opportunity for families to provide each other with assessments about the quality of the programs listed.