What do you do when your child is diagnosed with a learning disability? Finding out that your child may have a developmental disorder such as autism can be a stressful, confusing and even frightening discovery. Fortunately, there are many valuable resources for parents of children with ASD available online.
From support for families dealing with the challenges of autism spectrum disorders, to outreach groups and sites covering the latest research and data on life with autism, the following selection of websites offer a wide variety of information and services to the ASD community.
Websites & Online Resources for Parents of Children With Autism
AutismSpeaks – Autism Speaks is a leading autism advocacy organization that funds the latest research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism.
Autisable.com – A blogging platform for those affected by ASD and other Pervasive Development Disorders where users can learn about and share the ASD experience within a large community of like-minded individuals.
AutismNOW – AutsimNOW describes itself as an “interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.”
Autism and Boyscouts – A site designed to offer help, information and guidance to parents of autistic children wondering if Scouting is right for them. Also offers advice to Scout Leaders and volunteers who have autistic children in their unit.
Autism Calendar – Presents a list of events and local organizations related to autism awareness and the autism community. Parents looking to organize their own events can add to the calendar for free.
Autism in Action – Autism in Action offers a series of “how-to” teaching programs that offer parents common-sense solutions for helping ASD children in their day-to-day lives to achieve real world success at home and at school.
ASD Vacations LLC – A travel and vacation company that works with families to set up vacations tailored to the specific needs of their unique children, arranging any appropriate support and special arrangements that may be needed.
Autism After 16 – This website provides information and advice for older children with ASD, with an emphasis on debunking myths and misinformation and helping families make sense of the vast amount of ASD information out there.
Atypical Child – A resource for parents and therapists looking to buy and sell gently used therapy equipment. Also offers information and resources on understanding and recognizing typical and atypical development.
Awe in Autism – A site that seeks to provide inspiration and encouragement to those impacted by autism through original works of art, music, literature, poetry, photography and video.
Bloom and Grow LLC – A service dedicated to supporting the caregiver, Bloom and Grow offers products, strategies and tips to parents that can be put to use at home and in the community.
A Special Needs Plan – A Special Needs Plan advises parents and caregivers on ways to secure and protect their loved ones’ futures. The site aims to ensure those with special needs will still be cared for even after the primary caregiver is gone.