Advocacy

* Please note that these links are not endorsements and are for informational purposes only. They may or may not be up-to-date.

Canada

The Association for Developmental Autism Programs and Therapies (ADAPT) is a group of parents who believe that families should be the ones to decide on the best approach to supporting the growth of their children with autism. The goal of ADAPT is to provide information about developmental approaches to autism therapy in Manitoba.

The Autism Developmental Approach Therapies Association (Autism DATA) is an advocacy group of parents and professionals who believe that families should have a choice in what approach they use to bring out their child’s highest potential. The goal of Autism DATA is for the province of Ontario to fund developmental approaches such as DIR/Floortime® as does the province of British Columbia.

Disability Advocacy and Support

Empowering Ability supports loved ones with developmental disabilities to be valued citizens and create their own Awesome ‘Ordinary’ Life.

Partners for Planning empowers peoples with disabilities and their families with free resources to create meaningful lives and secure futures, firmly rooted in community. Through their Planning Network, find webinars and free resources for creating a good life and a secure future for people with a disability and those who care for them.

Special Books by Special Kids (SBSK) interviews with people in the disability/neurodiversity community to tell their story in video format which “helps educate others on what it is like to live with a disability.” SBSK “seeks to normalize the diversity of the human condition under the pillars of honesty, respect, mindfulness, positivity and collaboration.”

United States

The Floortime Coalition of California (DIR® FT™COC) is a group of parents, families, and professionals promoting parent and family choice in therapies who are spreading the word about evidence-supported developmental approaches such as DIR/Floortime to help autistic people, and those with other developmental challenges, across the lifespan. They are committed to expanding awareness, access to, and use of developmental approaches through education, fundraising, research, networking, and policy advocacy.

The Interdisciplinary Council on Learning and Development is the original and leading training resource for the Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based (DIR®) model and DIR/Floortime. Through the genius and leadership of Dr. Stanley Greenspan, ICDL has led the interdisciplinary movement to implement a revolutionary approach to understanding and improving a child’s development. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining and promoting each child’s development to their fullest potential, ICDL has a strong advocacy presence lead by Dr. Gil Tippy.

Maine DIR/Floortime® Advocacy Network is Maine parents & professionals advocating for access to DIR/Floortime, shown to be an effective treatment model for autistic children and developmental challenges.

Please contact us if your DIR/Floortime advocacy site is not listed here so we can add it to our list.