We invite you to review some of the information, organizations, and websites that our parents have found helpful in their search for support, treatment, and services for their children. We have outlined the resources by state. Just select the icon next to each of the headings below to reveal a list of resources.

National

Autism Society

The nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, The Autism Society improves the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support.

National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

National Institute of Mental Heath (NIMH)

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

Pennsylvania

Community Behavioral Health

Supported through state funding, CBH works in partnership with the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide vital behavioral health services. Today, CBH is responsible for providing behavioral health coverage for the City’s 420,000 Medicaid recipients.

Pennsylvania Association of County Administrators MH/ID

Local mental health and mental disability locations in Pennsylvania:

  • Montgomery County: Behavioral Health Developmental Disabilities Department
    Phone: 610-278-3642 | Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM
    Crisis Line: 1-855-634-HOPE (4673) | available 24/7
  • Bucks County: Mental Health Developmental Programs
    Phone: 215-444-2800
    Crisis Line: 1-800-499-7455 | available 24/7
  • Delaware County: Mental Health Department
    Phone: 610-713-2365 | available Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM
    Crisis Line: 1-855-889-7827 | available 24/7
  • Philadelphia County: Department of Behavior Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services
    Phone: 215-685-6440 | available 24/7

The Arc

Arc is the nation’s leading community based organization that works to help families navigate special education and services across the lifespan.

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania

The Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania is the leading nonprofit organization that advocates and protects the human, civil and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

Philadelphia Office:
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut St., Suite 500
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-238-8070

ASERT

Full of resources for parents of a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Phone: 877-231-4244

Parents Involved Network

This parent organization provides support, information, and education to families and can link the family to additional resources.

Delaware County: 610-713-9401
Montgomery County: 610-279-8511 ext. 113
Philadelphia County: 215-751-1800 ext. 513

Parents Education Network

Parents Education Network is a group of parents that work with educators and the community to empower and provide information to families and parents of children with special needs.

Medical Assistance (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, and sometimes referred to as MA, pays for health care services for eligible individuals.

Texas

MHMR of Tarrant County

Provides mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services, collaborates with community partners to make services more accessible, one of 39 community-based mental health and mental retardation centers in the state

Awesome on the Spectrum

Free life and social skills group based in Arlington, organizes community outings, helps spread awareness and understanding of autism

The Arc

Advocates for all people with intellectual and mental disabilities and their families, provides services and resources, 2 chapters located in Tarrant County alone

Partners Resource Network

Statewide non-profit organization that educates parents in their role as advocates for their special needs children’s education, offers services such as Autism supplements and assistance with transitions, offer one-on-one or group assistance with IEPs and ARD meetings, and to conduct workshops on various topics, free of charge for all families

Disability Rights Texas

Federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas, helps people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law to ensure their full and equal participation in society

New Jersey

Autism NJ

Information and referral to services, education and training, awareness, public policy leadership, and news.

Performcare

Administrative Service Organization for the State of New Jersey’s Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC); will register, authorize, and coordinate services for children, youth, and young adults who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges or are developmentally and intellectually disabled.

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)

Offers families, professionals, policy makers and our parent center colleagues information, resources, support and advocacy assistance.

NJ Association for Behavior Analysts (NJ ABA)

Promotes the science and advancement of the discipline of behavior analysis in New Jersey and beyond; membership options for Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC)

Provides training, services, recreational events, outreach and support; the vast majority of these services are provided 100% free of charge.