Advocacy groups are organizations that are dedicated to rallying support, funding and educating people about their cause. There are many advocacy groups for people with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay. Families reaching out for advocacy support can get help finding resources, reading material, or connecting with others in similar situations.

Leading Advocacy Groups


The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. It is designed to identify children who may benefit from a more thorough developmental and autism evaluation.

ACT Today!

ACT Today! stands for Autism Care and Treatment Today! Their mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help children with autism achieve their full potential. The goal is to introduce and help facilitate early and on-going treatment by providing the necessary resources (including referrals, funding and guidance) to individuals with autism and their families.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

The Arc of Colorado

The Arc of Colorado is a private not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) statewide volunteer organization dedicated to support and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.