Top 30 Autism Facebook Fan Pages
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Raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder can be immensely rewarding. It can also, at times, feel lonely. You might find yourself wondering, Is anyone else going through the same things I'm going through? And if so, how do they cope? Parsing - or even keeping up with - the latest research into symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and possible causes can be difficult, and you may be itching to vent your feelings about the way the spectrum disorders are represented in the media. Where can you go to find support, community, and clear, accurate information?
Increasingly, parents are turning to Facebook fan pages. We at Babble have rounded up 30 of the best pages for families with children on the spectrum. We hope you'll find lots here to help you navigate the challenges and joys of raising a child with an ASD.
If by some chance your favorite page isn't included here, please let us and your fellow Babble readers know by nominating it yourself. - Amy Reiter
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Why you’ll “like” it: This Facebook page, founded and overseen by the Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration, is dedicated to raising awareness of autism-related wandering – instances where children and adults on the autism spectrum wander away from their caregivers or family members, possibly into dangerous situations – reducing related incidents and deaths, and keeping those with ASD safe. (One 2008 study found that the mortality rate in people with autism is twice as high as that in the general population, according to AWAARE.org. “Drowning, prolonged exposure, and other wandering-related factors remain among the top causes of death within the autism population,” the site reports.) The page provides information about programs, initiatives, and products (such as a bracelet with GPS tracking device) to help reduce risk; offers links to media coverage of wandering; and posts police alerts about ASD individuals who are missing. It’s often sad, but it’s an invaluable resource to those with ASD family members.