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
Greg Olear is the author of the novels Fathermucker and Totally Killer, the senior editor of The Nervous Breakdown, and the founding editor of The Weeklings. He lives in New Paltz, N.Y.
Jeni Decker lives on a farm in rural Michigan with her husband, two autistic sons, some chickens, the occasional pig, her dog, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. She is the author of I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames and co-author of Waiting for Karl Rove and A Fit of Hissy. Her short stories have also been published in anthologies for Pill Hill Press and Veinarmor Publishing. You can contact her through her blog, Closet Space Musings.
Joslyn Gray is the author of the humor blog stark. raving. mad. mommy., where she writes about parenting four fabulous, hilarious kids with a quirky mix of autism, ADHD, anxiety, asthma, and allergies. She and her family live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Joslyn drinks too much coffee, burns fish sticks, and is so bad at housekeeping that the kids have started naming the dust bunnies. (The largest one is “Steve.”)