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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Shannon Des Roches Rosa, the founder of Squidalicious (whose subtitle is the Dickensian “The Adventures of Leo and His Potty-Mouthed Mom: Parenting, Autism, Ipads & Geekery”) has been blogging about her experiences as a mother of an autistic son for almost a decade, making her the doyenne of ASD bloggers (and probably the only one to have met Steve Jobs). Her impetus for writing, she says, is the hope that her careful documentation of Leo’s development will help others in a similar position. And it has. In those nine years, Des Roches Rosa’s take on autism has changed – she has gone from a mother who believed in a “cure” to one who accepts that autism is indivisible from an autistic child’s core being.