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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Hope Saves the Day’s Rankings
Hopes Saves the Day is a weekly podcast on the Autism Network. Paul Cimins, the creator and host of the podcast, was inspired to do the project when his son Jonathan was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. Cimins, the self-styled Autistic Spectrum Chef, is a strong proponent of the theory that the effects of autism can be mitigated by a gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. In addition to sage parenting tips, he shares tasty GFCF recipes on the podcast. He’s also a solid interviewer; among his recent guests are Natalie Davis, aka Miss Minnesota 2011, whose brother Trevor has autism. This is a great podcast for listeners interested in varied autism-related topics.