AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Autism Spectrum Disorder is marked by impaired communication and socialization and by a limited (and often unusual) range of interests. These disorders develop early in life and are life-long conditions. Diagnoses are based on behaviors rather than medical tests. Evaluations include assessments of language, behavioral, social, and cognitive development. 

Challenges for these students may include the following:

  • Cognitive
  • Uneven development of skills: stronger at processing visual versus verbal information 
  • Social
  • Difficulty understanding social rules (taking turns, sharing)
  • Difficulty reading others emotions
  • Difficulty taking others perspective
  • Difficulty initiating and maintaining social interactions/conversations
  • Communication
  • Difficulty responding to verbal information presented quickly
  • Difficulty understanding multi-step commands
  • Inconsistent understanding of verbal information
  • A need for verbal information to be repeated
  • Organization/Self-direction
  • Difficulty ignoring distractions
  • Difficulty completing activities
  • Difficulty being flexible and shifting attention to a new focus
  • Difficulty doing more than one thing at a time

Early Indicators/Symptoms If your baby or toddler shows any of the following, ask your pediatrician and your childs school about a developmental screening:

  • No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by 6 months or thereafter
  • No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions by 9 months
  • No babbling by 12 months
  • No back-and-forth gestures (e.g., pointing, showing, reaching, or waving) by 12 months
  • No words or attempts to say words by 16 months
  • No two-word meaningful phrases by 24 months
  • Anyloss of speech or babbling or social skills at any age

Resources

Autism Resources in Kentucky and Nationally (Compiled by KATS Network)

Kentucky Autism Training Center
Phone: (502) 852 4631
Website: Louisville.edu/education/kyautismtraining
The mission of the Kentucky Autism Training Center is to strengthen our state’s systems of support for persons
affected by autism by bridging research to practice and by providing training and resources to families and
professionals. KATC is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by ASD

Kentucky Autism Services and Supports Directory
Phone: (502) 852-4631
Website: katcproviders.louisville.edu/
The goal of the Kentucky Autism Services and Supports Directory is to include all providers who serve
individuals with disabilities in Kentucky.
Autism Society of Kentuckiana
Phone: (502) 263-5708
Website: www.ask-lou.org

The Autism Society of Kentuckiana (ASK) is a non-profit organization serving Greater Louisville and Southern
Indiana that provides support for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. ASK provides resources and
education for families and individuals through our monthly meetings, workshops and social events. ASK is run
completely by volunteers and relies on membership dues, fundraisers and donations to fund its services.
Bluegrass Autism Services
Phone: (859) 516-2360
Website: www.bluegrassautism.com
We specialize in assessment and consultation for individualized behavior-based instructional ABA programs,
consisting of the Lovaas Method and Verbal Behavior Approach. Serves

Central Kentucky and the surrounding
area.
Dreams In Motion Teen Summer Camp
Phone: (502) 238-4820
Website: dreamswithwings.org
This camp offers a full day, 8 week program for individuals with autism ages 9-21. Tuition may be covered with
Michelle P. waiver respite funds. Campers enjoy a wide variety of on-site and community activities including
swimming, bowling, and arts and crafts.

Feat of Louisville
Phone: (502) 596-1258(02-596-1258
Website: featoflouisville.org
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville is a non-profit organization that actively supports
and funds autism programs for the entire family. Created for families, FEAT of Louisville is dedicated to easing
the autism journey through ongoing support, education and programs.

Kelly Autism Program-Western Kentucky University
Phone: (270) 745-4527
Website: wku.edu/kellyautismprogram/
The Kelly Autism Program (KAP) is designed to provide services to individuals from the age of seven through
adulthood, who have been diagnosed along the Autism Spectrum Continuum, as well as their families. KAP also
serves as a training opportunity for future professionals in a variety of disciplines. KAP programming includes:
elementary school, middle school, high school and post-secondary participants including higher education,
vocational training, and job support.

Northern Kentucky 4 Autism
Website: nky4autism.org
The purpose of this website is to help provide resources, support and awareness to families and friends of
individuals with Autism. We hope this website will help give clear guidance and direction on where to find good,
sound information and services, particularly in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area.

U of L Autism Center
Phone: (502) 588 8522
Website: louisville.edu/autism
The Center’s mission is to build a partnership by expanding state-of-the-art diagnostic programs in the School of
Medicine’s Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, expanding treatment through Systematic Treatment of
Autism & Related Disorders (STAR), training services provided by the College of Education and Human
Development’s Kentucky Autism Training Center and developing a supported research agenda. This mission will
lead to creation of a premier autism program of treatment, evaluation, intervention, training and research that will
serve residents of Kentucky and surrounding states, offering children, parents and primary care providers with a
single source of treatment, referral and information.

YMCA TOPS – The Opportunity to Play Sports
Phone: (502) 329-4788 Northeast Louisville YMCA
Website: ymcalouisville.org/northeast/sports/special-needs-youth-sports
This is a special needs sports program which offers all children the opportunity to play sports regardless of
ability. Sports offered are spring soccer, baseball, fall soccer and winter basketball.

National Resources

Act-Today!
Phone: (877) 922-8863
Website: act-today.org
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide
treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential

Autism Cares
Phone: (888) 288-4762
Website: autismcares.org
This collaborative agency offers funding to families across the United States who are living with autism and also
are coping with a major crisis such as flood or fire. “AutismCares assists families who meet the eligibility criteria
to cover costs associated with housing, automobile repair, insurance premiums, medical care, prescriptions,
daycare, funeral expenses, and other items on a case-by-case basis. In most instances, payments are made
directly to the vendor providing the services and not directly to the family. Assistance provided cannot exceed
$1,500 per family.” Applications are submitted online.

Autism Information – Government Website
Website: www.hhs.gov/autism/
Autism Research Institute
Phone: (866) 366-3361
Website: autism.com

Autism Society of America
Phone: (800) 328-8476
Website: www.autism-society.org
The Autism Society is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy,
services, research and support. The Autism Society is committed to meaningful participation and selfdetermination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The Autism Society
accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of affiliates, members
and supporters

Autism Speaks
Website: autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to
funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism
spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Blessings Unleashed Foundation
Phone: (270) 670-4000
Website: blessingsunleashed.org
Blessings Unleashed Foundation is a national, life-changing program designed to help unlock the puzzle of
autism by turning rescue dogs into heroes for children. This program is located in Glasgow, KY.

Itaalk Autism Foundation
Phone: (567) 377-5710
Website: itaalk.org
iTaalk provides the latest information on education for iPads and Autism, as well as, current grants for iPads and
other funding sources.

Center for Autism and Related Disorder
Phone: (855) 345-2273
Website:centerforautism.com
The CARD I and CARD II programs include comprehensive and cutting-edge curricula that can be tailored to the
specific needs of individuals from birth to 21 years of age. These programs help children learn to communicate,
develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives.

The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.
Website: Djfiddlefoundation.org
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation is uniquely qualified to develop, identify, support and supervise programs
that provide adolescents and adults with autism opportunities to live, work and participate in community life

Generation Rescue
Phone: (877) 98autism
Website: generationrescue.org
We’re a national non-profit organization providing immediate treatment assistance, information and hope to
families affected by autism spectrum disorders. We have a number of ways to support families including more
than 1,300 volunteer parent mentors (we call them our “Rescue Angels”), a toll-free hotline, programming on
autism treatment, a free national conference, virtual and local conferences, a list of recommended physicians,
and medical grants for families who cannot afford critical treatments such as doctor visits, lab testing and
nutritional counseling.

National Autism Association
Phone: (877) 622-2884
Website: www.nationalautismassociation.org/
National Autism Association’s Helping Hand Program
The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary biomedical
treatments, supplements and therapy services for their autistic child. Do not apply for this grant if you are
seeking funds for respite care, fencing, trampolines, swingsets, trips to Disney World, etc. Also be aware that this
grant maker will pay your medical provider directly; no funds will come through your hands.
National Autism Association Give a Voice Program
The intent of this program is to provide communication devices to individuals with autism who are non-verbal or
minimally verbal, and whose communication challenges put them at increased risk of injury or harm.

Talk about Curing Autism Now
Phone: (855) 726-7810
Website:www.tacanow.org
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating,
empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism
diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments.
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