April is autism awareness month and as parents and writers here at Babble, we are always searching for new information regarding this disorder. From highlighting the top findings of the past year’s research and the most effective autism interventions to the most successful, new treatments, it seems like every day, research gets better at devising ways to help the many children affected by autism, as well as their parents and families.
While sifting through all the new findings and research while raising an autistic child, there is nothing quite as valuable as connecting with other parents who are experiencing the same things you are. Like most parents, Facebook has become a large part of daily life so it makes sense that there are many pages devoted specifically to autism. Babble decided this month would be a great time to compile a list of the Top 30 Autism Facebook Fan Pages.
I have quite a few friends who are successfully raising children affected by autism and they often tell me that they have made friends online with other moms and dads. In doing so, they have not only formed strong relationships and opened themselves up to a wide variety of up-to-date research and findings, but they also gained a wide support group.
Babble’s picks for the top 30 pages are divided into categories such as the best autism Facebook fan pages of 2011, most informative autism Facebook fan pages, best autism Facebook fan pages for activism and awareness and the most supportive autism Facebook fan pages. There is also a category in which readers can nominate their favorite Facebook fan page.
Although the internet and Facebook in particular sometimes get a bad rap, I am always amazed at how many people there are out there in cyberspace that want to help others. There is nothing, and I really mean nothing that replaces a good conversation with a fellow mom or dad, and sharing your struggles and triumphs.
If you have a child affected by autism in your family or circle of friends, I urge you to check out this list and pass it along. Find the full list of 2011 top autism Facebook pages here.