Autism is a developmental disorder of neurobiological origin that can have life-long effects in the areas of social interaction, communication, and behavior. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) vary in severity of symptoms, age of onset, and association with other conditions, such as intellectual disability, language or learning disability, and epilepsy. ASDs have been estimated to occur in 1 in 150 individuals.
There is a great deal of information available about the possible cause(s), treatment, and intervention for ASD. Parents should inform themselves regarding the range of available interventions.
This website includes links to public and private resources. It is not a comprehensive collection, and should not be a substitute for professional consultation. However, many of the organizations, documents, and agencies below provide numerous additional links and resources. The Health Department does not specifically endorse one site over another, and is not responsible for their content.
- Autism Resources and Information
- Vermont State Agency Resources
- Federal Agency Resources
- Immunizations & Vaccines
- Media & News
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Autism Society of Vermont
- Vermont Family Network - Autism Resources
1-800-800-4005 / 802-876-5315
- Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
802-434-6757 / 1-800-639-6071 (for families only)
- Act 264 Advisory Board
The Board advises state agencies on matters relating to children and adolescents with a severe emotional disturbance, the development and status of the system of care, and yearly priorities for the system of care.
- Child Development Clinic -
Department of Health
Developmental evaluation services, follow-up and referral to community services. Contact us for more information.
- Child Development Division - Department of Children and Families
- Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Autism Supports
- NEXT STEPS:
A Guide for Families with Children with
Information and resources for Vermont parents and others, including where to locate assistance, a description of available services, and related websites and organizations.
- NEXT STEPS: A Guide for Families with Children with ASD
- Special Education - Department of Education
- Vermont Assistive Technology Program
- Autism Information - US Department of Health and Human Services
- Autism Information Center - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Disabilityinfo.gov - The federal government's one-stop website for people with disabilities, their families, and others.
- Vaccines and Autism
- Vaccine Safety
- Health Department Immunization Program
- Health Advisory: Vaccines and Autism (03/2007)
Advisory to Vermont health care providers about a ruling by the US Court of Federal Claims and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
- "Autism" - Vermont Public Television Public Square (07/18/06)
- "Together Alone" - Seven Days (06/27/07)
- "Living the Autism Maze" - From the producer: "This film is about families trying to navigate their way to a better place, trying to understand what the future holds without ready-made road maps or guides. This is a film about families who have entered, and are living in, the maze of autism."
- The Next Frontier - Weekly radio program about autism and disabilities. Airs Wednesdays 10:00am -11:00 am, on 105.9FM Burlington, Vermont. Its web site includes links to past shows.