National Resources & Online Materials

Below are links to autism-related materials and videos that can teach you about different aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders, If you know of other materials and videos links we should add to this page, contact us at 423-531-6961, option 2 or email

TIP SHEET for IEP eligibility criteria, how to request an evaluation, and more

Ten Common Mistakes Parents Make During the IEP Meeting

Parent Guide for Individual Education Program (IEP): Summary, process, and practical tips.

School not letting you observe your child in class? All you want to do is learn about his/her setting so you can be a better advocate and help prepare an effective IEP? Here’s an article that provides information and arguments for your right to observe your child and how it is not against privacy laws protecting records or ‘identifiable information.'​

Understood for Learning & Attention Issues: Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

Autism Explanation

This 5-min animated video is an introduction to autism that is excellent for raising awareness among young non-autistic audiences. It is intended to be viewed, discussed, and shared widely by anyone... but especially shared by teachers and parents.

CAC Childcare Training Video

Childcare volunteers who work at the Chattanooga Autism Center use this video as preparation to work with children with autism at Parent Night Out events and other fun children programs. This training video was written and presented by Alyce Benson, LCSW, and Meghan Lindsay, BCBA. Both are clinicians at the Chattanooga Autism Center. The video was graciously filmed and edited for free by staff at TechTown.

​Daily Living Skills and Materials for Adults

The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis has published a cookbook designed especially for individuals who are in independent living skills training. Unique features of the Lifestyle Easy Cookbook.

An article from a ausome mom about creating a home atmosphere of solitude to assist with coping with autism as an adult.

Our clinicians highly recommend The Incredible 5 Point Scale for use in teaching emotional self-regulation to children with autism.  Please click the link below for more information:

Pepperdine University has written an article about how to improve emotional self-regulation among children with autism and attention disorder.  Please click on the link below:

Videos and PowerPoints for employers of individuals with autism to utilize in the work place including: tips on interviews, inclusion and accommodation, confidentiality rules and training videos. 

Consultant Services for Employers hiring autistic adults. - Specialisterne 

Autism & First Response Awareness Training

Florida-based Autism training & resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers & the autism community. Website contains a public service announcement video and links to several training videos.

CIT Connect

Crisis Intervention Team is a local organization with the mission to promote safe, effective, and compassionate responses to people experiencing mental health, substance use, or cognitive crisis. They train law enforcement and other first responders on how to de-escalate a crisis. If you have an individual in crisis who has a developmental disability or mental health diagnosis, you should request a CIT trained officer respond to your crisis call.

SNAP - Special Needs Awareness Program

Regional training for police officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical services on how to respond with support and dignity when they encounter an opportunity to serve someone living with a disability. 

SNAP Coordinator: Captain Skyler Phillips, Chattanooga Fire Department
Phone: 423 -643-7121


Planning for College. In addition to campus support, students with disabilities are protected under federal, state and local laws, which prohibit discrimination and ensure equal access to the same quality and level of education.  This website offers a brief list of links to web applications and software programs that aid students with various disabilities. It is also provides an overview of the legal rights of students with disabilities, as well as advice and next steps when considering which college to attend.

Make Your Practice Friendlier for Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Provider’s Guide to Blood Draws for Children with Autism

STAT-MD Training Workshop (Trains enhanced diagnostic consultation and screening procedures to pediatric health care providers for early identification of autism spectrum disorders.)

TRIAD Brochure (Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders)

Tips on Autism for Health Care Providers (Contains tips regarding autism specially designed for healthcare providers.)

Toilet Training Booklet

TRIAD Community Events

TRIAD Social Skills Assessment (Assessing children who have autism spectrum disorders.)

Autism Friendly Cruise

The cruise is scheduled for next year (Oct 21-25, 2018) and they have staff that are trained to work with kids with autism and other developmental disabilities. Plus they have payment plans, and Expedia will donate funds to the CAC. The cruise organizers informed us three families signed up already! You can click here to see the cruise flyer for details, including a phone number for their autism access department.  Call Shannon at 423-933-8259 for more details. 


Emergency Preparedness


Police Interaction and Autism: Building Positive Relationships. 

This article contains research and references and examples of how police are learning to work with people with autism. 

Hamilton County Department of Education Inclusion Project: Three-Year Plan

Concerned about your teens socialization skills?  Check out this article:

Have a friend or family member you are concerned about?  Follow this link to an article which discusses addiction for those with disabilities, a very important topic that most are reluctant to discuss,

Interested in learning more ways to keep your children safe? Check out  Important Safety Rules to Teach your Children 

Kapp S. K. (2013). Empathizing with sensory and movement differences: moving toward sensitive understanding of autism. Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience, 38(7). doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00038
Summary: Brief literature-based analysis provides evidence that other factors are involved the atypical social communication of people with ASD.

FDA (April, 2014). Beware of False or Misleading Claims for Treating Autism. Summary: Lists false or misleading claims about products and therapies claiming to treat or cure autism. Some of these so-called therapies carry significant health risks.

Forlin, C., Chambers, D., Loreman, T., Deppeler, J., & Sharma, U. (2016). Inclusive Education for Students with 
Disability: A Review of the Best Evidence in Relation to Theory and Practice
. The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).

2012 Summary of Advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder Research

Parent Resources/Articles

Everyone needs a sanctuary, here's how to provide one in your own backyard,

Are your children experiencing meltdowns?  Here's an article that can help,

  • Pathfinder. Many Tennessee agencies provide disability information and referral services. The Council on Developmental Disabilities worked with the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development at Vanderbilt University to create an internet community for families and professionals/service providers seeking disability resources. A few clicks on the free website can locate disability information in each Tennessee county and explore Tennessee’s many organizations offering essential services, information and networking opportunities. In addition, information and referral services are available in English and in Spanish from the Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Office by calling toll-free l-800-640-INFO (4636); or (615) 322-8529. 

  • Autism Source. Search nationwide autism-related services and supports by location or service type. The Autism Source 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. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings.

  • The Autism Exchange. This autism-information database acts as an interactive website designed to make internet searches faster and easier for parents. The site organizes information and resources into appropriate groupings like Diet, Education, or Parent Info to make it easy to browse and explore available resources. The site is free, but a subscription is available for additional services.

KultureCity's lifeBOKS Program: 50% of autistic individuals wander or bolt from safety. This can put them at risk of trauma, injury or even death. 62% of families of these individuals were prevented from attending / enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering thus decreasing their accessibility to the community. LifeBOKS safety program offers families free safety kits to reduce the risk of elopement.

National Autism Association Big Red Safety Box: The National Autism Association is committed to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who may be prone to wandering off or eloping from a safe environment, and may be unable to recognize danger and/or stay safe. Wandering, elopement, “running” or fleeing behaviors among those within our community not only present unique safety risks, but also create extraordinary worry and stress among caregivers. Drowning fatalities following wandering incidents remain a leading cause of death among those with ASD. As such, the National Autism Association provides direct assistance to caregivers, educators and first responders. The Big Red Safety Box is a free-of-charge toolkit given to autism families in need as a means to educate, raise awareness and provide simple tools that may assist them in preventing, and responding to, wandering-related emergencies. 

Concerned about safety in your own home?  Here's an article that makes suggestions on how to keep those you love most safe:

Una breve guía para padres acerca del autismo (Información para padres de niños pequeños y preescolares.)


Una guía breve para padres sobre los trastornos del espectro autista (Información para padres de niños en edad escolar.)

Planeando la vida despues de la escuela secundaria (la prepa) para estudiantes con espectro autista

Autism Source (TM) – Spanish Language. Live Information and Referral &Referral services available via the Autism Society by calling (800) 3 AUTISM (800-328-8476) or via email to Regular hours of operation are 9am-9pm. A live Spanish speaking Information & Referral specialist is available everyday of the week. Spanish speaking families and individuals on the autism spectrum can call the Autism Society’s contact center, Autism Source, and live bi-lingual Spanish/English specialists are available from 9 am – 1 pm Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm- 5 pm to respond to their questions. 

"Autism and dental care: Tips for parents" 


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