Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Among other tools, Autism Speaks created the “100 Day Kit” for newly diagnosed families to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child’s diagnosis of autism.
Autism Speaks offers several toolkits geared specifically for parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends of people with autism. The content of each toolkit is tailored to answer questions, dispel myths and promote healthy and harmonious lives. The below link will give you more general information and the URLs to each toolkit. Please note that you’ll have to fill out a short form online to immediately receive the toolkits. All of the toolkits are free.