Links & Resources

Please click on a relevant heading below to view links to other websites:

Informative Websites on ASD | Support Agencies | Tools and Strategies | Social/Networking Websites | Employment | Counselling/Grief | Advocacy | Toileting | Therapies/Health Information | Other

Information for New Members

The following pamphlets make up our Information Pack which will help new members learn more about Autism New Zealand, information about Autism Spectrum and the services and education programmes we provide:

Autism New Zealand - 'About Us' pamphlet
Autism Spectrum Disorder pamphlet
Autism Spectrum Disorder - A Parent's Guide pamphlet
'What is Autism' card
Framework for Autism New Zealand (FANZ) pamphlet
Way to Play pamphlet
A Guide for Carers booklet

Informative Websites on ASD

Altogether Autism
A nationwide information and advisory service for people living on the Autism spectrum, their families, whanau and professionals working with people on the Autism spectrum.

ASD Guidelines Website
Provides information about the New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline.

Aspergers
Aspergers provides a range of consulting services (including diagnostic assessment) for adults, teenagers and children with Aspergers Syndrome.

Autism Speaks
Provides information, current research, free tool kits to download, Autism apps.

Autism Spectrum Australia
Australian Resources.

Center for the Study of Autism
Links and Information covering a broad range of information including overviews on autism.

Family Services Directory
Looking for support for you and your family? The Family Services Directory lists organisations in your area that can help. Ministry of Education: Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Ministry of Health

Key Projects and Programmes for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Living Guideline Group

Ministry of Health - ASD Quick card

National Autistic Society, UK

Weka
Weka is New Zealand's disability information web site, for disabled people, their families, whanau and caregivers, health professionals and disability information providers.

Support Agencies

Carers NZ
A resource for carers with a wealth of information and resources.

CCS Disability Action

IHC
Living with intellectual disability in New Zealand. IHC New Zealand Inc will advocate for the rights, inclusion and welfare of all people with an intellectual disability and support them to live satisfying lives in the community. Kids

Health
Child and youth health information site to support parents and health professionals by the Starship Foundation and Paediatric Society.

Parent to Parent

Rescare New Zealand
Rescare NZ is dedicated to bringing information and support to those caring or advocating for people with an intellectual disability. We remain a totally independent voice for those who want the best for their family member.

Socially Speaking - Alison Schroeder Sue Larkey - Special Needs Teacher, Australia
Smart strategies, information articles and action steps to making teaching & living with autism spectrum disorder a success.

The New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC)
promotes the needs of gifted kids at national level and supports and fosters initiatives at local level.

Youthlaw
Youthlaw is a specialist nationwide community law centre for children and young people under the age of 25. Youthlaw has particular expertise in education law ranging from school enrolment, discipline to special educational needs.

Tools and Strategies

Airport Parking Shop
A blog post which gives information and advice about travelling with people with autism.

Communicate Easy - Autism App for iPad
A picture communication system for the iPad including video modeling capability.

do 2 Learn
Games, songs, communication cards, print resources and information for special needs - including Toolbox for teachers, Autism awareness cards and strategies, colouring and print activities, free visual pictures, Math Mahjong and emotions games, Daily organisers and calendar, Learn reading order and shapes.

DottyWobble
DottyWobble is passionate about providing a means of communication and learning for autistic children. Great visual resources for parents and teachers.

DTSL (Desktop Technology Services Ltd)
Providing each person who needs help with the equipment and solutions that will allow them to participate, contribute and enjoy life to the very extent they can.

EASe Listening Therapy
Free EASe app for the first 50 responders! Free EASe iPad, iPhone and iPod app for therapists of children on the autism spectrum. EASe products are easy-to-use, simple and safe tools to help parents, occupational, physical, speech and listening therapists better manage noise, improve organization, sensory modulation and proprioception in children challenged with sensory processing issues, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), and developmental issues.

Eric conveys an Emotion

Humourous website about emotions constructed by Eric - fun for teenagers and young adults.

Fun 4 younger kids!

colourful, safe games for younger kids to enjoy a computer experience

Geddes Software
Geddes Software designs products specifically for those with learning challenges. All of the products are easy to use, and focus on teaching language and life skills. They promote verbal as well as written language, and enable language acquisition even for those who are non-verbal.

GPS Tracking 4U


Iphone

Terrific application for your Iphone, useful for those using Picture Exchange Communication Systems.

Iphone Application

A great tool to download kids stories and songs to ipods or iphones.

Logical Toys

MedicAlert®
10% off the MedicAlert® Service Enrolment Fee for Autism NZ Members.

My Health Apps
My Health Apps is a new free international website helping patients and public find the best health apps to suit their individual needs. Myhealthapps.net brings together the world’s favourite healthcare apps - tried and tested by people like you.

Special Learning Inc
FREE downloadable resources! This website contains one of the most expansive and user-friendly libraries of information and tools related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), special needs, developmental disabilities, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Sue Larkey - Special Needs Teacher, Australia
Smart strategies, information articles and action steps to making teaching & living with autism spectrum disorder a success.

Sensory Corner
Sensory motor therapy need not be dull and boring. The toys and equipment on this website not only have therapeutic benefits, but they are also fun and exciting for children (and the young at heart).

The Transporters
The Transporters is a world of imaginary toy vehicle characters who have emotional experiences and adventures. It aims to help children enhance their understanding of the causes of emotions and of emotional expressions.

Use Visual Strategies.com

Social/Networking Websites

ASK (Autism Spectrum Kiwis)The ASK (Autism Spectrum Kiwis) Trust was established to provide peer-support for adults on the autism spectrum, and information based on 'insider' experience.

Aspiehelp/The Aspire Trust (Inc)
A peer support information, advocacy, social work, counseling and employment training, organisation based inn Christchurch. Contacts can be by telephone (03) 337 2008 or (03) 338 1123, or through info@aspiehelp.com (www.aspiehelp.com).

Donna Williams

Wendy Lawson

Jen Birch


Stephen Shore

Temple Grandin

Tony Attwood

Wrong Planet
Wrong Planet is a web community designed for individuals (and parents of those) with Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, and other PDDs. We provide a forum, where members can communicate with each other, an article section, where members may read and submit essays or how-to guides about various subjects, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies.

Employment

Asperger Management
Asperger Management aims to provide support for people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) working in senior, white-collar professional management positions to enhance and promote personal development to enable the full potential of an AS Manager to be realised.

Do you need help looking for employment?

The Auckland branch is now supporting jobseekers on the autism spectrum, after receiving funding from the MSD for this purpose. We can assist with all parts of the employment process, e.g. identifying career options, writing cover letters and CVs, or practising interview skills. We can also accompany clients to job interviews, approach prospective employers, provide on-the-job coaching and post-placement support.

In order to be eligible for this service, jobseekers should:

  • Have an ASD diagnosis, and
  • Be on a main benefit from WINZ, and
  • Be willing to work a minimum of 15h/week in a mainstream workplace.

Please get in touch with Romy, our employment support person, via email if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment:

romy.hume@autismnz.org.nz

Counselling/Grief

Skylight Trust
Skylight- Because grief happens and support matters!

Advocacy

Asperger's Syndrome New Zealand
ASNZ sites and services.


HDC (Health and Disability Commissioner)
If you want to know more about your rights when using health and disability services, get questions answered or make a complaint, HDC can help you to find an independent advocate. They can also give you some tips on self-advocacy. Independent advocates offer education and training for anyone about consumer rights and provider duties.
National Freephone: 0800 11 22 33
E-mail: hdc@hdc.org.nz

The Personal Advocacy Trust
Based in Lower Hutt.

Toileting

K.E.E.A.
The National Organisation set up to support and educate families with wetting and soiling problems.

Weepals
Need help with Potty Training girls and boys? Need help with boys aiming correctly (boys of all ages)?  Need help with good quality training pants?
Weepals have a range of Toilet Training Stickers for girls and boys; stickers can be placed in the potty or the front or back of the Toilet. Toilet Training Pants; help with those accidents that do occur from time to time. Success Charts; Need something extra as a reward.

Therapies/Health Information

Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks
Very informative and useful website on anxiety, stress, panic attacks.



BeChange
BeChange provides evidenced based behavioural services for individuals, families and professionals. They offer services for children aged 18 months to 18 years. BeChange specialises in a range of services that aim to maximise the potential of all children regardless of their difficulties. Their services will benefit children with challenging behaviour, learning difficulties and/or those who have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or another related disability. New Zealand Society for Music Therapy
Music therapy is the planned use of music to assist the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs.

Other

Salisbury School

4 Paws New Zealand
Autism Assistance Dogs

tips for autism
tips for autism is a three day course for teams who support students aged 5 to 12 years with ASD.

Nutrition for ASD Children

Coping Mechanisms for Anxiety and ASD

Communicating with an Autistic child a parents guide

Why My Son with Autism Needs Routine (With Video)

The Well Travel Guide for Parents of Autism Spectrum Children

Let’s Have Fun: Activities for Children with Autism