Type autism into Google, and youll find 17,700,000 references. Ready to check them all out? Hopefully, your answer is NO! In fact, though, many parents spend unending hours surfing the Net, hoping to find the one site that will make a difference. Before you find yourself surfing the web at 4 a.m., check out these top ten sites. All of them are reliable and readable, with links to plenty of specialized services and related organizations.
1. The Autism Society of AmericaThe Autism Society of America
is the nations premiere autism resource. Its a chapter and member-based organization, which means you can join up and get involved at the local level. Start here for a good, unbiased introduction to autism, including information on diagnosis, treatment, and much more.
2. First Signs
Many pediatricians know very little about autism. First Signs
is dedicated to changing all that. Explore this site if you suspect your very young child may be Autistic. Share their information with your pediatrician. Then come back from more information about Early Intervention and optimal treatments
The law has a lot to say about the education of children with disabilities. In fact, theres so much legal information out there that its almost impossible for a lay person to understand it all. But dont panic -- Wrightslaw
has it all covered, from federal to state issues ranging from Individualized Educational Programs to Extended School Year, inclusion, and much more.
What is the government doing about autism, and how can you tap in? Disabilityinfo.gov
is a portal for information about specialized programs, resources and research for parents and adults coping with disabilities.
6. Future HorizonsNo matter what your relationship to autism, you'll find resources galore at this website. Future Horizons is a publisher, a conference organizer, a web resource, and even more. Start here if you're looking for tools for reaching and teaching autistic children, informing grandparents, selecting therapies, finding community...or just browsing.
is intended to be a clearinghouse of autism information. Youll find information about local service providers in your area; information and links about all different types of therapy; chats; forums; and an event calendar including autism workshops, programs and conferences all over the country.
8. OASISOnline Asperger Syndrome Information & Support
(also known as OASIS) is the definitive resource for Aspergers Syndrome. Its been growing since 1995, and includes and incredible range of resources and information. Be sure to check out the relatively new OASIS book, also a terrific resource to have on hand.
9. Autism Speaks
If youre interested supporting research and advocacy for autism, Autism Speaks
is a good place to start. Autism Speaks recently merged with the National Association for autism Research, and its funded in part by the Chairman of NBC.
10. Tammy Glaser's Aut-2-Be Home Site
This is the only personal website on the list. It belongs to Tammy Glaser
, a homeschooling parent of an autistic daughter. I included it as a window into the world of an inspirational family who have done an extraordinary job -- not only for their own child, but for the autism community.