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ASWS provides information but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. ASWS cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. ASWS provides an I&R service but individuals must assume personal responsibility for what they do with the information provided. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval.

Autism Benefits

Autism and Social Security Benefits

Camps & Recreation

Take a look at our complete list of camps and other recreation opportunities

Education, Resources, Research, and Advocacy

Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM)
AAoM is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders through education, comprehensive services, coordinated advocacy, and cutting-edge research.

Autism Aspergers Associates of Michigan
Autism Asperger Associates of Michigan is a comprehensive organization that is designed to support children, adolescents and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Our goal is to work with individuals and families to create quality of life for today and tomorrow, through education, understanding and support in their goals.

Autism Center at OCALI
The Autism Center at OCALI provides a clearinghouse of information on research, resources and trends to address the autism challenge. The center offers a source for training, technical assistance, resources, and consultation to build program capacity and individual learning and growth.

Autism Society of America
ASA advocates on behalf of the 1.5 million American children and adults with autism.  ASA publishes the Advocate magazine, organizes the largest national conference on autism and is the leader of a network of 200 chapters providing education and support to families, educators and health professionals across the country.

Autism Society of Michigan
Committed to empowering individuals with autism and their families by offering educational resources and materials, workshops, seminars and other service.

Autism Source
Search nationwide autism-related services and supports by location or service type. The Autism SourceTM Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to our constituents, therefore we have employed our nationwide network of chapters and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S.

Autism Speaks
The nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

Statewide Autism Resource and Training Project (START)
The Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) Project is a state-funded project designed to provide training and technical assistance to educators in Michigan that serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Autism Research Institute
Conducts research, and disseminates the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism.

Caring 4 Our Kids
This is a group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a few comorbid diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  They've come together and are creating a site of original and curated resources to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  

Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children (birth through 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding information on educational issues as well as disability specific information.

Services

B.R.A.I.N.S
B.R.A.I.N.S. foundation provides educational and treatment services to under-served  families while developing partnerships to assists in professional's understanding.

Family Hope Network
Our goal is to target at risk teens and preteens to help them develop high self esteem, by teaching them etiquette, decision making, good life choices, health and nutrition. The main effort is to instill in them, "there is a beautiful you in everybody".

Family Support Subsidy

Michigan's Family Support Subsidy Program
Information on The Michigan Family Support Subsidy Program:  a need's based program for expenses related to caring for a child with autism.
Click on the link, then click on Mental Health on the left hand side, then click on Mental Health & Developmental Disability, then click on children and families and scroll all the way to the bottom.

MOKA
A non-profit organization that serves individuals with disabilities in Western Michigan.

Shoreline Center
The Shoreline Center offers mental health, applied behavior analysis and related services to the lakeshore and surrounding communities. Our goal is to bring convenient, affordable and excellent quality services to the people in our community.  We provide state-of-the-art developmental and behavioral health services for children and adolescents with all types of issues.

The Center for Childhood Development
We offer individual and group services. Frequency and duration is determined based on an individual’s needs. Our therapists provide ample parent consultation time as part of each treatment session and work with parents and educators to incorporate therapeutic interventions into all aspects of your child’s life.

Developmental Enhancement
Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Registered Behavior Technicians provide intensive Applied Behavior Analysis therapies for young children with ASD.

Generation Care
West Michigan's premier source for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

The Arc For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding
The Gray Center is a nonprofit 501(c)3 which cultivates the strengths of individuals with autism and those who interact with them, and globally promotes social understanding. Our vision is to assist all individuals in the shared challenge of building and maintaining effective social connections.

Smith Respite
smithrespite@heritagehomesinc.org
616-895-7104
Family focused respite service providing families a break from the daily stresses of care giving.

Wrightslaw

Parents educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

 

Grant Opportunities

Family Hope Foundation
Single Mother Grants

 

Medical

Dr. Kaarin Anderson Ryan PHD, BCBA
Psychologist
Shoreline Center
16930 Robbins Rd. Suite. 120
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616-843-1193

Sandra Bowker, PHD,
Neuropsychologist
4328 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI  49006
616-375-2222

Dr. Vicente Pacheco, M.D.
Child Psychiatrist
Pine Rest – Grand Haven Clinic
1445 Sheldon Road, Suite 303
Grand Haven, MI 49417
616-847-5145

Dr. Jason T. Umfleet, M.D.
Pediatric Neurologist
DeVos Children’s Hospital
221 Michigan St., NE, Suite 406
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-391-2185

David Winstrom, PHD,
Neuropsychologist
456 Century Lane
Holland, MI 49423
616-494-4377

Therapy  and Lessons

West Michigan Special Hockey Association Patriots hockey team
https://americanspecialhockey.org/team/grand-rapids-wmsha-patriots and https://www.facebook.com/wmspecialhockey

Renew Therapeutic Riding Center – Holland, MI
http://www.renewtrc.org

Horizons DRC
3120 68th Street SE | Caledonia, MI 49316
616.698.0306 or 1-800-324-1ASD (1273)

Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

EnCourage Institute for Teaching and Learning
2845 Wilson Ave. SW, Ste. D, Grandville, MI 49418
616-530-2224

The Ann Abror Center for Development and Behavioral Pediatrics (P.L.A.Y. Project)
1601 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
(734) 997-9088