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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Lost and Tired’s Rankings
As the father of three sons on the spectrum – that’s right, three, all under the age of 10 – it’s no wonder Rob Gorski feels lost and tired. But readers of his blog actually benefit from his wandering and his exhaustion. Among his most popular posts are a trenchant exegesis of the autism awareness movement, an appeal to ban use of the word “retard,” and a meditation on the use of the word “autistic” as a noun. In short, Gorski goes where many other bloggers fear to tread, saying what many parents of ASD kids think but keep quiet about. In this post “10 Things my Autistic Kids Wished You Knew,” he writes, “Yes, I have autism but that doesn’t mean I’m less of a person because of it. If anything, I’m actually more of a person in spite of it.” Amen.