National Contact Center
Don’t know where to begin? Unsure where to turn? Looking for resources in your community?
The Autism Society has done this work for you–our national contact center, Autism Source ®, helps you negotiate this maze and connects you to resources where you live.
It’s daunting to search dozens of websites and agencies hoping to find one that meets your needs. Whether it’s a desire to connect with a community of autism parents, to talk about therapy options or to locate employment resources – our trained representatives in our contact center are there to help no matter when or what the need may be.
The grassroots nature of our organization is the ideal way–through our affiliates, those who “get it,” and know local services best, to provide guidance to those in search of resources. The Autism Society delivers its nationwide one-on-one I&R Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) through a toll-free number 800-3-AUTISM (800-328-8476) and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer the countries most comprehensive, searchable online directory of services and supports available: the Autism Source™ database.
Let our trained I&R staff share information, help you identify resources and identify alternative options so you can make informed choices.
Information & Referral (I&R) assists those who may not know where to begin or where to turn when faced with the challenges of autism. Looking for help can be daunting and often means locating dozens of websites and searching through a maze of agencies and services in the hopes of finding one that can provide the services or support you need. The Autism Society’s contact center, Autism Source™, provides trained staff to help negotiate the system of services and connect people to resources and support in their communities for immediate and future needs. The Autism Society has provided I&R services since its inception almost 50 years ago. The grassroots nature of our organization was, and continues to be, an ideal way for those who know the service system best to provide guidance to those in search of resources.
The Autism Society strives to provide I&R through one-to-one interaction with an I&R specialist. This is not always possible or necessary, however, so thousands of people turn to the the Autism Society website for valuable information, including a comprehensive database of resources called Autism SourceTM. These resources encompass federal, state and local government agencies; professionals; service providers; support systems; medical and educational providers; research facilities; and more. Autism Source™ is maintained by trained resource staff and continually updated in order to provide the most accurate and comprehensive information possible.