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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The World According to Matt’s Rankings
Liz Becker, a clinical scientist and professor of biology, anatomy, and physiology, is the driving force behind the site, which she began two years ago as a place to discuss the challenges of parenting a child on the spectrum. The titular Matt, who is autistic, is now a young adult with a full beard, and the site recently reached 1 million viewers. The blog’s ample information – there are sections on autism basics, vaccines and viruses, sensory integration, state-by-state resources, and personal stories – is well organized and easy to navigate. The World According to Matt also serves as a virtual meeting place with a free, easy-to-use membership area. There’s a forum section, as well as lots of Facebook interaction, for parents and other people interested in spectrum issues.