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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Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords’s Rankings
Rob Rummel-Hudson’s daughter, Schuyler, suffers from a rare neurological condition called Bilateral Perisylvian Polymicrogyria – he calls it “Schuyler’s Monster” – and is unable to speak. His unflinchingly candid blog, which he began in February 2006, tells their story. A one-time freelance trombonist and music teacher, Rummel-Hudson is also a terrific writer. It’s no surprise that a major publishing house published his memoir, Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter. He has taken on the role of his daughter’s advocate with grace and good humor that parents of children on the spectrum will find inspirational even though it’s not autism that his daughter suffers from.