The Texas Autism Research & Resource Center has launched a website (www.tarrc.org) that can help Texans find the information and services they need to support people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The website will be especially helpful to families with a child recently diagnosed with ASD, a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. In addition to general information about the disorder, such as signs and symptoms, the website provides detailed resources to help guide families through the decision-making process and direct them to services and programs in their communities.
"Texas has needed a resource like this website for a long time," said Frank McCamant, chairman of the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. "We know that families often feel the frustration of not knowing where to turn for reliable information on ASD for instance, which treatments really help, or where to go to get them. This new resource eases that learning process and empowers parents to tackle the challenges ahead."
The website also supports professionals, such as educators and law enforcement personnel, who work with individuals with ASD.
Developed with input from a diverse group of Texans, including people with ASD, parents, service providers and staff from universities, nonprofit groups and education service centers, this virtual resource center is the first major initiative of the Texas Autism Research & Resource Center.
The center, a project of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is being developed in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
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