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State and Local Resources 

 
Autism Society  http://www.autism-society.org/
Exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness, advocating for appropriate services, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. They maintain a comprehensive resource database for autism-related services and supports, which are searchable by state, county, city, and zip code. Autism Society - The Heartland is a local chapter of the national Autism Society organization. 
 
The Special Needs Planning Center  
https://www.cacu.com/special-needs-planning-center/
A comprehensive planning service that assists families with planning for your loved one with special needs in the areas of financial, benefit protection and application, continuity of care, and transition planning.

Wandering and Safety for Loved ones with Autism   http://awaare.org/
For more information about the Autism Swim & Safety Program email info@asaheartland.org
 
YMCA Challenger/Special Needs  
http://www.kansascityymca.org/youth-development/challengerspecial-needs 

 Provides a wide variety of sporting activities for those with special needs in KC to to learn, grow and thrive through recreational and social opportunities. Also swim and water safety lessons.

Special Olympics - Kansas and Missouri
Kansas programs  http://www.ksso.org/ 

Missouri programs  http://somo.org/
 
We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym  http://www.werockthespectrumkansascity.com/
We Rock the Spectrum provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. 
 
Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities - Kansas City Regional Center  http://dmh.mo.gov/kcro/
Serves individuals with developmental disabilities such as cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities. Kansas City Regional Office is the primary point of entry for the following counties: Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Lafayette, Cass, Johnson, and Bates. Kansas City does not provide paid services. However, regional offices purchase services from contracted agencies licensed by the Department of Mental Health or other national accrediting agencies. 
 
Beach Center on Disability -The University of Kansas  http://beachcenter.org/
A multi-disciplinary research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and families affected by disability and the professionals who support them.  
 
 
Children's Mercy Hospital Department of Developmental & Behavioral Sciences
http://www.childrensmercy.org/Clinics_and_Services/Clinics_and_Departments/Developmental_and_Behavioral_Sciences/Autism/Autism/
Provide comprehensive evaluation and accurate diagnosis to each family with complete treatment recommendations. Also provide education to families by linking them to proper resources/therapies in the community to enable early intervention. 
 
Joshua Center for Neurological Disorders   http://www.joshuacenter.com

Provides custom programs for individuals and families, clinical care, counseling, social skills development, staff development, support groups for affected individuals and families, children's summer camp, full-featured discussion forums, articles, research, terminology definitions, publications, links to relevant resources, and volunteer programs. 

The Whole Person    www.thewholeperson.org
Connecting people with disabilities to the resources they need. 
 
Families Together, Inc.    www.familiestogetherinc.org 
Encouraging, educating, and empowering parents of sons and daughters who have disabilities, through training, advocacy, and providing information. 
 
Missouri Family to Family Resource Center   http://www.mofamilytofamily.org/
Missouri Family to Family serves individuals with disabilities and/or special health care needs, their families, and professionals who support them.  
 
MPACT   http://ptimpact.org/index.aspx
Advocacy and Parent and Family Training - Missouri Resources  
 
KU Center for Child Health & Development   http://www.kumc.edu/school-of-medicine/cchd.html 
Advancing the health, development, and well-being of children at risk or who have developmental disabilities and supporting their families through exemplary clinical service; interdisciplinary leadership training; outreach training and technical assistance; and collaborative academic research. 
 
KU Kansas Center for Autism Research & Training   http://www.kcart.ku.edu
Promotes research and training on the causes, nature and management of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and will generate new scientific discoveries about ASD, disseminate research-based practices by training professionals, practitioners and families who serve children and adults with autism. 
 
Thompson Center - Columbia Missouri    http://thompsoncenter.missouri.edu/
One of the leading centers in the US for Autism Research. Our aim is to support families from the point of initial contact through access to needed services in the community, with routine follow-up care over time to ensure the best possible outcome for each child and family
 
Kansas State Department of Special Education Services   http://www.ksde.org/
 
Missouri Department of Special Education   http://dese.mo.gov/se/
 
 
 
Therapy and Autism Services
 
ASPIRE Behavioral Solutions  www.abskc.com   913-802-2227
 
North Star Academy  http://thenorthstaracademy.org/
Children and Adults services for those with I/DD.
 
Community Living Opportunities (CLO) - North Star Academy  http://www.clokan.org/
Children and Adults services for those with I/DD.
  
Summit Behavioral Services   www.summitaba.com   816-853-0946 
 
Autism Concepts Inc   www.acilearningcenters.com
 
Milestones Behavioral and Therapy Services   www.pbmkc.com   816-501-5138

Bringing Therapy Home  
www.bringingtherapyhome.com   913-754-6643
 
KC Developmental Therapies   www.kc-dt.com    816-769-3558
 
Connections Behavioral Solutions   www.connect2aba.com

Communication Counts Therapy Services   www.commcountstherapy.com   
 
Poss-Abilities Pediatric Therapy   www.pos-abilities.com
 
 
 
Self Advocacy Information 

Autism Self Advocacy Network   www.autisticadvocacy.org 
Local chapter . Look for Meet-Ups online and a Facebook Page
 
Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas   http://www.sackonline.org/
 
People First of Missouri   http://www.missouripeoplefirst.org/
 
All About Autism   www.allaboutautism.org 
Website that provides information and events of activities that are geared towards individuals and their families with autism in the Kansas City Metro Area. 
 
Autism Asperger Publishing Company   www.aapcpublishing.net
Local publishing company that provides the most up to date list of books and information on autism and services.