The Autism Puzzle Foundation
The Autism Puzzle Foundation consists of a group of Vermonters who founded this all-volunteer organization in 2006. Each of our lives have been profoundly affected by someone with autism, leading us to join together to educate others and provide tangible support to children and young adults in Vermont who are on the autism spectrum. The Autism Puzzle Foundation is composed of board members who oversee the details of the organization. One of the main roles we play is that of organizing and carrying out the annual fundraiser. The money from this fundraiser is portioned out to Autism Research and the rest of the funds are granted to Vermont children on the Autism spectrum so that they may acquire services and equipment. We partner with the VT Assistive Technology Program to process the applications and place the orders for the equipment and services requested by each family.
Do you have a child with autism who needs toys or devices? The foundation may be able to help you purchase equipment your child needs including but not limited to the following items:
Therapy swings & exercise balls
- Facilitated Communication (FC) Equipment
- Other Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices & Boards
Or toys that help with:
- Sensory Integration
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Tactile skills
- Cognition skills
For more information contact the Vermont Assistive Technology Program,
Phone: 800-750-6355 To download an application, visit: http://www.vtautismpuzzle.org/assistance.html
- Division of Disability and Aging Services' Vermont Autism Needs and Resources
- Vermont Dept. of Health, Autism resource page: http://healthvermont.gov/family/autism.aspx
- Vermont Autism Puzzle Foundation: www.vtautismpuzzle.org
- Educator Autism Resource: http://www.practicalautismresources.com/
- Vermont Family Network Autism Resources http://www.vermontfamilynetwork.org/i-need-help-with/developmental-disabilities/autism/
- Camp Maple Leaf
Camp Maple Leaf is a fun camp experience that focuses on social skills and leisure/relaxation skills development for children and adolescents diagnosed with nonverbal learning disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome; high functioning Autism and PDD-NOS.
For more information: Camp Maple Leaf web page
- Camp Common Ground/Kaleidoscope "The goal of Camp Kaleidoscope is very simple…..to provide a relaxing summer camp experience where families affected by autism can enjoy a memorable vacation and create positive memories together." http://www.cgcvt.org/content/camp-kaleidoscope
- Camp Thorpe "Camp Thorpe was born of a desire to help those whose lives are challenged physically, developmentally and emotionally, and to bring happiness to those who, by their very condition are kept from many of the enjoyments of the average individual". http://www.campthorpe.org/
- Smuggler's Notch SNAP Program, an adaptive ski program. http://www.smuggs.com/pages/winter/kids/adaptive-programs.php
Adaptive Riding and Animal Therapy Programs:
- Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program (CHAMP)
- Farmhouse Center
- Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center
Articles on Autism:
- Keep children with autism safe from bullies
Article from the New England Autism Examiner by Brian Field, Co-Founder of the Autism Support network. This article is about the bullying that often happens to students with autism. It contains some good ideas for parents and teachers to use when this happens.
- Autism and bullying at school Children with autism may be easier targets for school bullying, and such abuse can cause enduring emotional scars, writes Brian Field, Autism Support Network's co-founder. Parents and educators must work to prevent such scarring by teaching students how to respond to bullying situations, documenting any bullying and responding appropriately, he writes.
- Autism Cares
Disaster relief funding for families of children with autism.
- Parenting Autism; Helping Parents Parent on the Spectrum
Provide families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with support and information through the latest ASD research along with ideas from parents to improve the life of all members of the family.
- Do2Learn.com; Supporting Special Needs
This site provides tools and solutions based on scientific research and clinical experience to help those with special learning and treatment needs.
- Southpaw Enterprises
A community of people and products dedicated to children with special challenges and those who care for them. We offer sensory integration and developmental products, pediatric therapy equipment, resources, and support for therapeutic professionals, health care professionals, schools, and families.
FlagHouse is a global supplier of physical education equipment and products, equipment and programs to both physical education and recreation professionals, as well as professionals who deal with children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
- Different Roads to Learning
Different Roads to Learning strives to meet the needs of families and professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders with a product line that contains over 250 products, including books, flashcards, and videos, along with other materials critical to Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior programs.
- Slater Software, Inc.
Slater Software has been developing and publishing software for the Special Education market since 1994. It was originally founded by Jean Slater, a speech pathologist, and Jim Slater, a computer programmer, who "put their heads together" to build innovative software solutions to produce easy-to-use software tools which promote literacy and communication within the Special Needs community.
Improving the lives of children with differing abilities. This business brings ideas into reality that can truly make a difference for children with special needs. Many of the products come from therapists, parents, and teachers working with children with special needs.
- Hammock Company
Autism & Therapy: Hammocks & hanging chairs to therapists and patients. The swinging motion and spinning motion stimulates cerebral activity and thus benefits autistic persons. The swinging & spinning can benefit any person since it can increase one's ability to focus and concentrate through cerebral stimulation.
- Beyond Play
Products for Early Childhood and Special Needs http://www.beyondplay.com/