Resources for Parents with Young and Adult Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Recommended Books on Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)



Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Websites
General Autism Websites


Funding Sources for Autism Support Services

  • School Districts – Federal Law
  • Regional Centers – California Law, Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act.
  • Insurance Coverage –
  • Various State Laws: Legislation has been passed in the following states requiring some coverage for ABA treatment for some children with autism: Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.
  • California Law: Mental Health Parity Act – AB 88, Autism Insurance Act SB 946 will take effect on July 1, 2012


Autism Advocacy

  • This is Autism Speaks’ public policy division that is spearheading national efforts to get autism treatment legislation passed in the various states and at the federal level.
  • (Dr. Karen Fessel and Ms. Feda Almaliti) These advocates assist with navigating the process of acquiring funding from health insurance plans to cover ABA treatments for individuals with autism.


If you have any concerns about your rights or have a dispute involving a Regional Center or Vista, you may contact: The Department of Developmental Services (916) 654-1987