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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Stuart Duncan is the father of two boys, Cameron, 6, and Tyler, 4. Cameron has autism. Duncan’s blog chronicles the trials and tribulations of parenting an autistic child, including navigating through a school system that does not always work. (Duncan and his family had to move to a town whose schools offered better care for Cameron.) Complicating matters, Duncan’s wife, who like him, is a stay-at-home parent, suffers from fibromyalgia, a central nervous system disorder whose symptoms are chronic pain and fatigue. “We can’t provide all that we wish that we could, but our family is what it is. We push forward as best we can.” To read this blog is to read a day in the life of a caretaker from a dad’s perspective.