Resources for Autistic Individuals and their Families Impacted by War and Displacement

Children and families impacted by war and displacement are likely experiencing severe trauma, and responses may include anxiety, sadness, shame, difficulty concentrating, feeling numb, insecurity, and physical pain. These responses may be heightened for autistic individuals. These Autism Focused Intervention & Resources (AFIRM) resources include social narratives, visual supports, and coping strategies, designed to help provide understanding during chaotic times and offer routines that may bring comfort or familiarity.

Visual Supports and Autism

Visual supports can be a very effective way for children and adults with autism to communicate.This tool kit, developed by the Autism Treatment Network with the support from the Health Resources and Services Administration to Vanderbilt University, provides a step-by-step, easy-to-understand introduction to visual supports and the ways that parents and other caregivers can begin using them.

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Families

During any emergency, health crisis, or natural or man-made disaster, it is necessary to be prepared with a plan and essentials. The Autism Society began the Safe and Sound initiative in 2005 to provide resources on topics such as general safety, emergency preparedness and prevention, and risk management.

Back to School "To Do" List for Parents and Students

This is a "To Do" list, created by the Indiana University Hands In Autism Resource Center, that includes specific steps for parents and students to complete as they prepare for a new school year.

What Science Tells Us About Autism Spectrum Disorder

From leading autism researchers, including Duke Center for Autism Director Geraldine Dawson, PhD, this accessible guide helps you put the latest advances to work for your unique child. Separating fact from fiction about causes, treatments, and prevention, the book guides you to make lifestyle choices that support the developing brain. Learn about the choices you have — and the steps you can take — to build a happier, healthier life for your child and family.

The IEP Toolkit

A strong Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an important part of ensuring your child’s success at school. Empowering parents to be their children’s best advocates is the guiding principle for this toolkit, created by the Autism Society of NC, which will walk you through the process.

Here's an Idea!

Got 3 minutes? Get 4 practical tips for individuals on the autism spectrum! These "mini-videos" feature Duke Center for Autism Clinic psychiatrists and psychologists sharing practical tips in response to challenging situations facing autistic people.

School Safety Best Practices: Fire Drill

This information sheet gives proven strategies for working with autistic students during routine fire drills at school. Indiana University Hands In Autism Resource Center created this resource to help all students participate in school fire drills so they are prepared in the event of an actual emergency.

"How to" Templates

These templates, created and offered by the HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center at Indiana University, can be used across settings to support individuals with a range of neurodiversities