Top 30 Autism Facebook Fan Pages, 2012
Autism Awareness Month, celebrated every April, offers a chance for the world to stop and consider the gifts and challenges autism can present. But for parents raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder, autism is something to be carefully considered each and every day, all year long. Tracking down the right diagnosis and the best treatments, staying up-to-date on current research, and finding the most effective ways to advocate for your child can feel like a full-time job. And it can be difficult to keep things in perspective and find other parents with whom to swap stories and strategies and find support. That's why more and more parents with children on the spectrum are turning to Facebook fan pages to stay informed about autism and Asperger's and find communities that extend far beyond their own hometowns. This year Babble’s trusted panelists — all parents of kids on the spectrum — have rounded up 30 of the best Facebook pages for families going through similar experiences. We're confident you'll find considerable guidance and support in the pages we've listed here. And if you've discovered another autism-related Facebook page you think your fellow Babble readers might like to know about, please share it here — you may see it on next year’s list! - Amy Reiter
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Why you’ll “like” it: Carly Fleishmann was diagnosed with severe autism at age 2. Her parents were told that, because Carly had an oral motor condition that prevented her from talking, she would never be able to communicate. But then, at age 10, she began to type out messages on a computer. Thousands of people now follow Carly’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages, where the teen writes about her life with candor and humor. Her new book, Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism, written with her father, has just been released. Carly’s Facebook page not only provides insights about living with autism, but also offers a platform for her efforts to raise awareness: She recently launched a petition calling for an “Autism-Friendly Talk Show Day” in honor of Autism Awareness Month. You can add your name to it here.