Autism Resources

According to the CDC, about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autistic spectrum disorder, including autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. There are many sources of information and support available if you or someone you know has received a diagnosis or sees evidence of autistic spectrum disorder, or if you would just like to learn more.

If you have a young child who you think needs evaluation, the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities can help you. Contact information for child evaluation centers can be found here.

New Jersey residents may also get help from Autism New Jersey, which is the largest statewide network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, as well as Autism Family Services of New Jersey. For Mercer County-specific information, contact the Mercer County Office on Disability Services.

Lots of information, including research, resource guides and tool kits can be found at the website for Autism Speaks.

Finally, you can check out a book from the library. The Mercer County Library System carries hundreds of books about autistic spectrum disorder. You can find books written for kids, teens and adults with general information, practical advice and personal stories. There are a number of fictional titles as well. Just a few of these books are listed below.

Nonfiction titles for adults and teens:
Nonfiction Titles for adults

Drawing Autism  by Jill Mullin.

Nonfiction titles for children:
Nonfiction Titles for Children

The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence & Connect with Others by Irene McHenry.

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl by Florida Frenz.

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents) by Elizabeth Verdick.

Autism: A True Book by Ann O Squire.

Fiction titles for adults and teens:
Fiction Titles for Adults

No Book but the World by Leah Hager Cohen.

Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner.

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer.

The Question of the Missing Head: An Asperger's Mystery by E.J. Copperman.

Fiction titles for children:
Fiction Titles for Children

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann.

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller.

Remember Dippy by Shirley Reva Vernick.
-Christine, Hollowbrook Branch


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