Autism Overview Treatment Support Discuss Managing the symptoms of autism can be difficult. If you or your child is struggling, there is help. NAMI and NAMI affiliates are there to provide you with support for you and your family and information about community resources. Contact the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-6264 or [email protected] if you have any questions about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or finding support and resources. Helping Yourself ASD often poses a challenge to a person's ability to interact in society. Lack of education and stigma leaves many people unable to understand that this is a medical disorder. Even for adults, the negative associations others make are more damaging than the symptoms themselves. Fortunately, there are options: Connect with others. The Interactive Autism Network has an entire section dedicated to helping adults on the ASD spectrum find support and information on subjects ranging from housing services to romantic relationships. Educate yourself. If you live with a mental health condition, learn more about managing your mental health and finding the support you need. Helping A Family Member Or Friend Share your experiences. It can be very frustrating for both people with ASD and family members because of the challenges of communicating. Support groups can help families better understand each other’s needs. Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) and Autism Help are two great places to start. Use resources. The Social Security Administration can direct families to government-funded programs to help children with ASD. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have extensive information on programs and organizations to help. Find out more about taking care of your family member or friend and yourself.