As autism diagnoses keep increasing, so too do the number of blogs about autism. Self-advocates, parents with autism who have kids with autism, and non-autistic parents all bring their own viewpoints, and all need to be heard. Babble's 2013 Top 30 Autism Blogs brings you voices from a range of viewpoints: some familiar, some fresh. We're excited that this year's picks include several blogs that are new to our list, including Asperkids, Stimeyland, Just a Lil Blog, The Third Glance, and The Domestic Goddess.
We're also thrilled that this year our panel included blogger, advocate, and force of nature Rachel Kenyon. Rachel, who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as an adult, has been instrumental in obtaining better insurance coverage for military families with autism. Besides being a writer and advocate, she's an Army wife and the mom of two great kids, including a little girl with autism and 4q Deletion Syndrome.
It's not easy to narrow down such a rich, diverse field to 30 blogs, and we realize there may be some great blogs that didn't make the list. However, what we have brought you are some of the best and brightest bloggers on the subject of autism. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if we've missed any of your favorites by nominating them in the comments section for consideration on next year's list! — Joslyn Graysee the full list »
Jeni Decker lives on a farm in rural Michigan with a bunch of animals (human and canine) and her albino frog, Humbert Humbert. She is the author of I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism, The Peacock Mirror, and Rigor Mortis, as well as the co-author of Waiting for Karl Rove and its sequel, Waiting for Karl Rove: The Sequel… sort of. You can read more about her on her website and 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.”)
Rachel Kenyon is a
plumber, master mechanic, gourmet frozen food critic, sign language expert, an Army Wife, Aspie, and grateful mom of two beautiful babes — “The Boy” (9) and the autistic and fabulous “RM” (6). In 2012, Rachel stood up and shouted just loud enough to make it to Congress and The White House but not too loud that they locked her up. She made enough of a stink to see the passage of the first federal legislation to make autism therapies available to all military dependents regardless of duty status (CKMAA.org). Thanks to Autism Speaks, she and her stimmy family terrorized New York City on World Autism Awareness Day last year, nearly sinking the USS Intrepid, tripping the fuse on the blue lights at The Empire State Building and almost bringing the world economy to a halt at the ringing of the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. (The Kenyons were not invited back to any of those places this year.) Rachel continues to shout loudly and harass politicians on behalf of special-needs families locally and nationally. She is an equal-opportunity-autism-organization-partner. You can find her blogging at StimCity.org, on Facebook at StimCity, on Twitter @MrsSGMKenyon, and perhaps on the occasional WANTED poster.
Jillsmo is a mother of 2 boys, one of whom was diagnosed with autism in 2004. When not working in accounting and raising her kids and cats, she volunteers her time running support groups for parents who have school-aged children with special needs. She occasionally blogs at yeahgoodtimes.blogspot.com and frequently tweets @jillsmo.