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Top 30 Autism Spectrum Blogs of 2013

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 Gray

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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.”)

In between administering nebulizer treatments and stepping on Legos, Joslyn tries to get some writing done. She is a regular contributor to Babble’s Strollerderby, NickMom, and Mamarama.

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.

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22 thoughts on “Top 30 Autism Spectrum Blogs of 2013

  1. Ambro says:

    Are there any companies, foundations, celebrities providing contribution or funding to businesses seeking to cure, treat, diagnose autism and other spectrum disorders

  2. elizabeth says:

    Diary of a mom is a wonderful blog for autistic parents.

  3. Cindy says:

    Catching Carson’s Kitties, on word press is an awesome blog for Autism.

  4. I recommend my friend’s http://ginnybeanasd.blogspot.co.uk/ – written by one of the most devoted and loving mothers I’ve ever met!

  5. James Pavitt says:

    About my little girl, written by her wonderful MOM

  6. Jo says:

    I would like to nominate the lovely and thoughtful http://ginnybeanasd.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. Alicia says:

    Our Elephant Named Autism – what a strong and supportive mom she is, a true source of inspiration for me!

    http://ginnybeanasd.blogspot.co.uk/

  8. Caney Pavitt says:

    A huge thanks to everyone who has taken the time to nominate Our Elephant Named Autism! You guys are amazing and the support many of you have provided me reminds me how lucky I am to have you daily!

    Many thanks,

    Caney

  9. Molly says:

    I nominate “Our Elephant Named Autism”. She is truly courageous and shows the true meaning of love.

  10. Emma Roberts says:

    I nominate Our Elephant Names Autism. Caney’s writing is amazing and so is Caney!!!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I nominate ‘Our Elephant Named Autism’ ( http://ginnybeanasd.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 ) such an eye opener and incredible to see the every day struggles and the strength she has found.

  12. I would like to nominate ” Our Elephant Named Autism” I don’t know Caney well, but think she is one of those very special people that you don’t come across very often.

  13. Our stars inc. is a very informative blog. It’s a really good read!

  14. I would like to nominate “Eating Away at Autism” for consideration in 2014. Great blog by mom of autistic daughter and their story, recipes, and information about the Autism Diet and real-life updates about the effects it is having on her daughters diagnosis.

  15. Josie says:

    If you are looking for gluten-free, casein-free recipes (and other nutritional tips to help in Autism spectrum disorders) check out http://www.sharingmom.com.

  16. Bill says:

    Our wristbands use a QR/Text code combination, that enables first responders or Good Samaritans instant access to vital medical &/or emergency contact information. Personal information is protected and only accessed through a smartphone that can scan the QR code or any phone with text capability. This is especially important for children.

  17. Cat says:

    Autism from a Father’s Point of View – Stuart Duncan

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