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Books in Library Catalog (print and ebooks)
search: (disabilities OR disabled) AND encyclopedias
ebook: Encyclopedia of disability
Albrecht, Gary L.
search by individual disability, as subject keyword:
The autism encyclopedia
Neisworth, John T.
Clark, Arda Darakjian, 1956-
Other sources for reliable overview and background information
Gale Virtual Reference Library
These are ALL encyclopedia-type articles
Is the disability associated with learning? Try
ERIC. Advice: use the Thesaurs first, to make sure you are using the correct search term AND to give you related topics you may not have thought of.
Sources for local resources
Both of these websites will give you organization websites, which in turn will list local agencies -- non-profit, governmental, etc. Look for organizations, not companies.
For example, Autism Society has a page on California resources here: http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/state-resources/california.html
Compiling a bibliography, filmography, webliography
You should already have written down some of the USEFUL books and websites that you've come across. To find more, try this as a Google search: autism bibliography inurl:org OR autism (films OR movies) inurl:org