Earlier this year, the Art of Autism asked readers to participate in online voting for blogs and internet resources they like. Through the voting and our own analysis The Art of Autism developed the following list of blogs, vlogs, communities and resources which we have given the designation “2017 Best Autism Resources on the Web.”
April is Autism Awareness Month. We believe all these online sites not only create awareness but also acceptance and understanding. Many of these resources have a first-person perspective, others focus on community building. If you have other resources please feel free to add in the comments below.
Note that these lists are in no particular order. The categories are:
- Multiple Perspectives Autism Resources
- Female Bloggers
- Male Bloggers
- Other Bloggers
- Autism Communities
MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVE AUTISM RESOURCES
Spectrum Women is an online magazine and community dedicated to women who are uniquely different. Their approach is to bring to their readers inspiring women of all ages who have had a different outlook on life in a positive and unique way. Their submission guidelines are here.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism.
Madison House Autism Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to creating better futures for autistic people. They have an informative blog that addresses a number of topics – Madison House blog. Madison House has art exhibits and actually pays autistic people for their images.
Kulture City is a nonprofit with a variety of programs and projects that focuses on accessibility and inclusion to create acceptance for people with disabilities. Autism is one of their major focuses. They have a great resource page here.
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism has a vibrant Facebook community with close to 200,000 followers. Thinking Person’s Guide shares autism news and resources from autistic people, professionals, and parents.
Different Brains focus is on neurodiversity. They offer podcasts, videos, and informative articles and blogs.
The Friendship Circle blogs focus on all special needs, not just autism. Their primary focus is on parenting and special education but they have numerous informative blogs that foster inclusion and friendship.
The Mighty is the most popular disability website on the internet. They focus on all disabilities but have a diverse autism community of writers which include autistic people, parents, and professionals. See their autism blogs here.
Ollibean is a dyamic community of parents, families, and advocates in the disability community. They believe disability is a natural part of human diversity. One of our favorite bloggers Judy Endow writes for the Ollibean blog.
Donna Williams chronicles through her blogs her life. Not only does she discuss her autism she discusses other subjects such as cancer. Donna Williams has been an inspiration for many.
Sarah Stup types to speak. “With my words I hope to build a new, exotic garden where two worlds meet and differences are not feared. I live in an inner world called autism because your world hurts and confuses me. My inner world brings me peace but is lonely.”
Full Spectrum Mama is a parent on the autism spectrum. Her deeply personal blog talks about parenting and her own journey.
Jeanette Purkis is an Australian dually-diagnosed woman who blogs about autism and mental health issues.
The Silent Wave – Life through One Female Asperger’s Lens has a dedicated twitter following. She offers her unique and fresh insights about women and Asperger’s.
Judy Endow MSW, LCSW is an autistic writer, blogger, and speaker. She has many books and writes knowledgeably about autism on her blog.
Emma’s Hope Book is a blog written by Emma, and occasionally she invites her parents, Ariane Zurcher and Richard Long to contribute. Although there are no recent posts by Emma she has an archive of posts that are quite incredible. She writes from a non-speaking perspective.
Planet Autism is “an autism advocate with Asperger’s syndrome and two children with ASC. Blogging about life on the spectrum, thoughts, musings and lightbulb moments.”
Michael Forbes Wilcox – Personal observations of an Active Aspergian. Michael Forbes Wilcox ruminates on many things including language, politics, and all things autism and Aspergers.
John Elder Robison is a writer, blogger and speaker whose blogs are topical and informative.
Tom Iland is a CPA, writer, motivational speaker, and blogger. He is especially interested in transition and employment issues related to autism.
Ido spent the first half of his liffe in silence. He communicates by typing on an IPAD or keyboard.
Chris Bonnello is a former primary school teacher with Asperger’s. He has a large following on Facebook.
Patrick Jasper Lee is a writer and healer who blogs about autism, connections to the otherworld, and his gypsy roots.
Aspie Priest is a Catholic Priest diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome who blogs about spirituality, Aspergers, and faith.
Ron Sandison is a Professor of Theology, author, and speaker
Lydia Brown is “a writer, dreamer, activist/organizer, and speaker/educator. Some of the many marginal identities/experiences I hold are that I’m autistic and multiply otherwise neurodivergent and disabled, queer, asexual-spectrum, genderqueer/non-binary and sometimes read as feminine, and transracially and transnationally adopted east asian person of color from China (into a white adoptive family).”
Amethyst Schaber is a Métis, Autistic, and multiply disabled writer, public speaker, artist, advocate, and activist. You can view her series Ask an Autistic on youtube.
Willow Hope is an autistic woman who has a youtube series about Aspergers. Her four-part video series about Asperger’s in women is popular and informative.
An autism community forum which also has blogs and other resources.
A friendly forum to discuss autism and Aspergers
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