Top 5 Free Autism Resources in 2021

Raising a child with a developmental disability such as Autism Spectrum Disorder can have a huge impact on a family’s finances. Families of children on the spectrum often have less income because one parent may need to leave the workforce to be the primary caregiver. In addition, the expenses of an ASD diagnosis can span the individual’s lifetime. Those expenses can include but are not limited to fees related to various therapies, special education, medications, co-existing medical conditions, legal fees, and more. Fortunately, there are some great resources available to families for free!

Able Eyes

Able Eyes uses a variety of techniques to capture real life experiences from several perspectives for the purpose of teaching, exploring, and reducing anxiety of the unknown including resources such as virtual tours of businesses and video modeling of daily living skills.

Check out Able Eyes by clicking here!

Autism Navigator

by Autism Institute at the Florida State School of Medicine

Autism Navigator, created by the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, is for families of children between birth and age eight with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis or at risk, as well as the providers that support them. Autism Navigator provides resources such as online courses, live webinars, and more.

Check out the Autism Navigator by clicking here!

The Big Red Safety Box

by the National Autism Association

The Big Red Safety Box is a free resource offered to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Big Red Safety box is full of products, information, and resources to help keep children on the spectrum who may be prone to wandering or eloping safe.

Order the Big Red Safety Box by clicking here!

Families With Autism Journey Guide

by The Autism Community in Action

TACA’s Autism Journey Guide is free thanks to American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. This guide is written based on the experiences of TACA families, professionals, and contains best practices and alternative ideas for treating autism both medically and via traditional therapies.

Order the Autism Journey Guide by clicking here!


by Milestones Autism Resources

Milestones Autism Resources develops Tool Kits in response to some of their most frequently asked questions. Tool Kits are a great way to pinpoint more detailed answers and additional suggested resources, and have been developed to assist with your personal planning and navigation of common challenges on topics such as: accessing leisure, challenging behaviors, first diagnosis, school, sleep, toilet training and more.

Check out the Toolkits by Milestones Autism Resources by clicking here!

If you are looking for more resources for your family, feel free to reach out to me for more information about my free concierge service through Collaborative Corner for Exceptional Children. Your family doesn’t have to spend hours looking for credible resources. I am here to help.

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.