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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John Elder Robison’s Rankings
- #2 Asperger’s
Why you’ll “like” it: John Elder Robison, the author of Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s and Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers, is a staunch advocate for people with Asperger’s. Always unusual but not diagnosed with Asperger’s until age 40, Robison has written, “My differences turned out also to include gifts that set me apart,” and has advised others to “Find life and work settings that minimize your weaknesses, and find your strengths and play with them.” His Facebook page includes notices about stops on his book tour as well as evocative personal photos and links to his written work, including his frequent blog posts about Asperger’s for Psychology Today.