Autism Tissue Program

Autism Tissue Program Minimize
(877) 333-0999 toll free
(609) 430-9163 fax 
Connie Frenzel, RN, MS
Autism Tissue Program Outreach Coordinator

  • The Autism Tissue Program is a national non-profit organization whose primary mission is to promote autistic spectrum disorders research by providing approved scientists access to the most fundamental, rare, precious, and most necessary resources, postmortem brain tissue.
  • Currently, organ donor programs do not include brain donation. Researchers need brain tissue from people with autistic spectrum disorders and brain tissue from those who are neurotypical so that they may make comparisons. By doing these comparisons, this will lead to better understanding of the causes of autism and interventions and treatments.
  • Our national outreach program promotes awareness among professionals and families of the critical need for this gift of hope.
  • Additionally, the Autism Tissue Program promotes collaboration among scientists worldwide.
  • The Autism Tissue Program is a combined effort of the MIND Institute at UC Davis, NAAR (National Alliance for Autism Research), ASA (Autism Society of America) and receives additional funding from numerous federal government sources.
  • For further information on the program, information on current brain research, to register as a future donor, or receive materials, please visit our website at


Service Dogs

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) Minimize
2965 Dutton Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707/ 577-1700
800/ 572-BARK (2275)
707/ 577-1756 TTY

  • Local volunteer chapter of CCI
  • Canine Companions for Independence provides assistance dogs to people with developmental or physical disabilities who can demonstrate that a canine companion will enhance their independence or quality of life.
  • CCI dogs are provided at virtually no cost to the graduates.
  • All the expenses of breeding, raising, and training a canine companion is funded through private donations.
  • The most advanced technology capable of transforming the lives of people with disabilities has a cold nose and a warm heart.

All Purpose Canines Minimize
South Dakota
(605) 225-1131

Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) Minimize
4248 Galewood Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

  • ASDA is a non-profit, community based organization that provides uniquely trained service dogs to children living with autism and their families.
  • The placement of a dog with the child enables the child and family to increase their mobility and socialization as a family, and the child individually.
  • In most cases the dog accompanies the child at all times when the child leaves home.
  • The dog goes to school with the child and the presence of the dog calms the child, reduces emotional outbursts and serves as a positive social link for the child to their home, school, and community.


Regional & National Groups

Autism Society of America: Northern California Chapter Minimize
897 West 20th Street
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 897-0900
(530) 897-4567 fax

  • A Chapter of the Autism Society of America serving Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties. Publishes quarterly newsletter.

Autism Society of America Minimize
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 3000
Bethesda, MD 20814-3015
(301) 657-0881
(301) 657-0869 fax
(800) 3-AUTISM toll free 

  • Autism Advocate Newsletter.
  • See website for information on autism spectrum disorders, nationwide chapter network, annual conference, advocacy efforts, and more.

Autism Research Institute Minimize
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 281-7165
(619) 563-6840 fax

Stephen M. Edelson, PhD

  • Autism Research Review International Newsletter.
  • Will send information packet.
  • Founded by parent Dr. Bernard Rimland, PhD.

Autism Speaks: Los Angeles Minimize
5455 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 549-0500
(323) 549-0547 fax

  • We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.