Of course, everyone is welcome to take part in the About.com Autism site, whether through comments or as members of the forum. But I'd also like to invite you to take part in a new community that may be of interest.
Portia Iversen, co-founder of Cure Autism Now (now part of Autism Speaks) and author of Strange Son (a book about her son, Dov, who is nearly non-verbal but is now communicating through pointing), has created an online community specifically for parents of children like her son. The site is called StrangeSon.Com, and here is her invitation to join:
We are forming a new online social network to connect people who want to share their knowledge and/or learn about helping kids with autism communicate better. You can upload videos, exchange information on the Community Forum or share your experience on your personal Blog. Please join us in our ‘grassroots’ movement to help non-verbal and “low-communicating” kids with autism to communicate better and get a better education!Please do let me know if you find this community helpful. I know Portia is eager to connect with you, and to move forward with an agenda of advocacy and support. And - if you can recommend other communities or resrouces for families with "lower functioning" children, please share them here!
(Please note: I'm using the term "lower functioning" because it's one we're all familiar with - but if there's a better term to use to describe your child, please let me know that too!)