MORE Helpful Resources for the Autism Community

In June 2015, we had the pleasure of publishing an article for the autism community that was written by one of its members, Ms. Kathleen Carter.  She is challenged with Asperger’s Syndrome and authored the article in this blog entitled Empowering Resources for Persons of ALL Ages with Autism.

Once again, we are pleased to publish here Ms, Carter's latest collection of resources for the autism community.  As our readers may know, there is  a wide range of ways and levels in which people are affected by autism.  Because of this, nearly every autism resource has the potential to significantly impact the quality of life for many on the spectrum. 

Many of our readers may have witnessed firsthand the very helpful benefits of service dogs, but did you know that these very special dogs can be profoundly beneficial for autistic persons?  Ms. Carter has told us that she herself will soon begin working with an autism service dog, and she wants to spread the good word about the positive impact these animals can have for those on the autism spectrum.  In addition to the service-dog links included in her list below, Ms. Carter and we have also included other resources that may help the individuals who need them.  We, too, hope our readers who work hard to serve persons on the autism spectrum will find them to be helpful in their good efforts.

Thank you, Ms. Kathleen Carter, for providing this great list of resources!

4 Paws For Ability
http://4pawsforability.org/autism-assistance-dog/

The Life-Changing Impact of Autism Service Dogs
https://www.rover.com/blog/autism-service-dogs

Stress & Anxiety Reduction | Autism Research Institute
http://www.autism.com/treating_grodin

How to Handle the 4 Most Challenging Autism Behaviors
https://www.care.com/a/how-to-handle-the-4-most-challenging-autism-behaviors-1204050236

The Reading Focus Cards (Patent 7,565,759)Low-tech Reading Tools for Challenged Readers 
From Brennan Innovators, LLC
Sensory-appealing and customizable reading tools and solutions for challenged readers of all ages. Made in the U.S.A. 
www.FocusandRead.com/products

19 User-Friendly Apps for Individuals with Disabilities and Special Needs Children
http://www.cellphonecity.com/blog/features/19-user-friendly-apps-for-seniors-alzheimers-patients-and-caregivers-individuals-with-disabilities-and-special-needs-children

Reading Focus Cards Digital Desktop App (Patent 8,360,779)---for Macs & Windows PCs (Price: $5.99)
From Brennan Innovators, LLC
This desktop app for Windows PCs and Macs is the digital version of the physical Reading Focus Cards (Patent 7,565,759), solutions for struggling readers. The app provides practical support for children and adults with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and other conditions that can affect reading success. It promotes more focused reading of digital media---whether online or offline. The application floats on top AND stays on top of any other underlying application.
1. Macs (desktops & notebooks): Visit the Mac App Store and search for Reading Focus Cards or go directly to 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/read-and-focus/id920617853?mt=12
2. Windows PCs (desktops & laptops): Visit Gumroad at 
https://gumroad.com/l/ReadingFocusCards

A Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/a-parents-guide-to-autism-spectrum-disorder/index.shtml  

National Center for Autism Resources & Education
https://www.disability.gov/resource/national-center-for-autism-resources-education-ncare/

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