Resources - listed below are websites and online groups for a variety of topics that may be helpful to parents, kids, teens, and adults.
LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex) resouces for kids, teens, and families
The Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at Children's Hosp. of Phila. (CHoP) - specialist clinic of CHoP providing evaluations and medical support for transgender, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming kids and teens
The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference - the largest transgender/genderqueer/gender fluid conference in the world. Sponsored by the Mazzoni Center. Sessions and topics range from medical health (hormone blocking/surgery options) to mental health to family support. Age and ethnicity-specific sessions/tracks are often planned. Family-friendly content for younger children is available. Content/sessions restricted to trans-identified people available throughout the day to provide a comfortable setting for sensitive discussions.
The ATTIC Center -located in Center City, the ATTIC provides drop-in hours, support groups, and services for Philly's LGBTQI teens and young adults
The Mazzoni Center Youth Page - Center City agency providing medical, mental health, and legal services for Philadelphia's diverse LGBTQI community
HiTOPS - Princeton LGBTQI youth group (ages 12-20) meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Trans-specific group also.
GLSEN - national organization providing support for LGBTQI students in their schools. Information on starting your own Gay-Straight Alliance.
GLSEN Central Jersey Chapter
The Trevor Project - national organization providing crisis intervention and support by phone, text, and chat for LGBTQI kids and teens. Social networking site hosted to connect with other LGBTQI young folks.
LGBTQI resources for adults
The William Way Center - LGBTQ+ community center in Philadelphia with a number of services, events, social groups, and resources. This can be a good place to make connections to shared-interest and career-networking groups as well as many other social opportunities. The Peer Counseling program provides short-term, goal-oriented peer counseling in person and by telephone Mondays through Fridays 6-9pm.
The Mazzoni Center - Philadelphia health and social services agency specializing in serving the LGBTQ+ community
The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference - the largest transgender/genderqueer/gender fluid conference in the world. Sponsored by the Mazzoni Center. Sessions and topics range from medical health to mental health to spiritual practices and support to job and career advice. Age and ethnicity-specific sessions are often planned. Content/sessions restricted to trans-identified people available throughout the day to provide a comfortable setting for sensitive discussions.
Galaei - Galaei is a queer Latin@ social justice organization. Queer acknowledges and represents the mosaic of sexual and gender identities within our communities. Latin@ represents the multiracial, multicultural experience of Latinidad. Events, programs, and services tailored to the Latin@ community are available from their Center City location.
Autism Spectrum Disorders - autism, ASD, Asperger's Syndrome & High Functioning autism
CAR Roadmap - listings of resources and CHOP verified providers in the Delaware Valley
Autism Speaks: website of a national organization for autism. Lots of information for those living with autism and for parents and family members. Excellent place to start if you or someone close to you is recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. There is a listing of autism service providers searchable by state and zipcode.
Autism Risk and Safety Management: Provides information relevant to families and law enforcement
The Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training (ASERT) Collaborative developed the Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism
Association for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (AADD): Local organization providing social activities and information and referrals for adults with developmental disabilities and their families
The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation for Adult Autism
Gifted & Talented Students
Therapy & Coaching
American Psychological Association: www.apa.org
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: www.abct.org
Effective Child Therapy: Evidence-based Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents: http://effectivechildtherapy.org/
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): http://www.nctsn.org/resources/audiences/parents-caregivers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Pennsylvania Psychological Association: www.papsy.org