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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Journeys with Autism’s Rankings
- #10 Parents of Teens
This is the personal blog of Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg, who also runs the Autism and Empathy site. Cohen-Rottenberg was a late diagnosis – she was 50 before she knew she was on the spectrum – and this was a great awakening for her, inspiring her to learn and share as much as she could about ASD. Although there is some overlap with her group-blog site, Journeys with Autism offers more content written by Cohen-Rottenberg. Her pieces on the various scientific theories concerning autism are interesting and exhaustively researched and presented. If you want to walk around inside the mind of a smart, articulate woman as she works her way through ASD science, this is the place for you.