Ability Online is a free, monitored and secure online social network that allows young people with disabilities, chronic illnesses or other challenges to connect with friends, share stories and updates, and feel included. No other organization offers a program where the child can be in the safety of their home, using a computer or tablet, to interact with other children facing similar challenges. The service also partners with 200 health-care organizations that provide support to parents, teachers and professionals. Each group of adults has their own special homepage where they can participate in forums, share resources and support each other. Homepages for children offer online mentoring, tutoring and job coaching. A special friendship-builder portal for children with autism provides online role-playing, forums and problem-solving.

John Merges, LICSW, is a clinical social worker whose practice focuses on the needs of children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disabilities, and their families.  John sees clients in his office, leads social interaction/social enjoyment groups in the community, consults with school districts, and does workshops and trainings.  John is also a published author.  You can learn more about him by visiting his website:  www.johnmerges.com

"Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guiding Toward Growth"
, by John Merges, available through Amazon.

Autism Hangout is a comprehensive, social network site for communities made up of individuals in need, such as those with a child with autism. The primary goal and methodology to success of the Autism Hangout is to transform individuals in need into communities of care. Featuring blogs, news, reports, educational tools and more...

Incredible 5 Point Scale: The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition; Assisting Students in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling their Emotional Responses
Mitzi Beth Curtis, MsEd, is an autism resource specialist currently working for Intermediate School District 287 in Minnesota and is consulting with Minnesota Life College. She has worked in special education, and supported employment and residential programs for individuals with disabilities since 1978. Her youngest sister, Maria, sent her on this journey with her birth in 1963.

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