Top 30 Autism Spectrum Blogs
The last 20 years have witnessed an exponential spike in autism numbers. Sixteen years ago, one in 2,000 children was diagnosed with autism in the U.S. The ratio is now one in 88, according to a recent study by the CDC, and the instances keep increasing. To date, the lion's share of resources for autism spectrum disorder have gone toward finding a "cure"- or, at the very least, a definitive cause. Whatever the cause may be, the fact remains that there are more autistic children now than there have ever been before - and two decades from now, there will be more autistic adults than ever before. With respect to ASDs, we are in uncharted waters. And that's what makes the autism blogs so important. Because of the insight, humor, knowledge, compassion, and above all, courage of the writers on these 30 fine sites - a blend of parents of ASD children, parents of ASD teens and adults, and bloggers who are themselves on the spectrum - parents of children on the spectrum can find comfort in the fact that, no matter how daunting the challenges of parenthood might be, we are not alone. With so many incredible blogs out there, it was extremely difficult for our panel to narrow down the list to 30. If we missed one of your favorites, please nominate it here and you may see it on next year's winners list! - Greg Olear
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Autism Army Mom’s Rankings
From the very first dispatch in 2010, when she noted that Autism Awareness Day was on April Fool’s Day – “with all the calendar days to choose from, today may well be my 365th choice” – Autism Army Mom has dazzled us with her wry sense of humor and poignant look at life with her daughter, Audrey, now 8, who is on the spectrum. She also shares Audrey’s unique brilliance, such as her poem about watching Baby Mozart: “In Baby Mozart / I don’t like the puppet dog / I only like Maria.” Her posts have clever titles like “Baby Mozart: A Dissertation,” “Freaking in a Winter Disney-Land,” and “Popping My Chuck E. Cheese Cherry.” Who else would title a post about talking to an autistic child about death “Old McDonald Bought the Farm“?