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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Alice followed a white rabbit down a rabbit hole because she was bored and the rabbit in question spoke English and wore a pocket watch. The “Alice” who blogs here had no choice but to follow her son, Norrin, through the autism wonderland – a puzzling, frustrating, terrifying, and wondrous existence. Autism Wonderland is an excellent resource, especially if you find yourself flailing down the ASD rabbit hole for the first time. There’s a lot of helpful information – her page “Autism 101” is an invaluable resource that includes a glossary of ASD-related terms, which can be a confusing alphabet soup. New Yorkers will find her site particularly useful with its list of autism resources in New York City. Indeed, Autism Wonderland is as informative a chronicle of the ASD experience as Lewis Carroll’s book was about where Alice went.