- Overcoming Autism is about accepting those with Autism and celebrating their stories of encouragement. Overcoming Autism is a personal blog that shares news, latest updates on Asperger’s and Autism. We also spotlight those with this syndrome and their remarkable “abilities”. Check out our Amazon Affiliate website store that will help raise awareness about Autism while supporting the cause to aid in treatments and solutions to each and every person with Autism. Overcoming Autism Website
- The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seseks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to Autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. We hope to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community. Nothing About Us, Without Us! Autistic Self Advocacy Network Website.
- The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (TPGA) is the book and website we wish had been available when we and our loved ones with autism were first diagnosed. Autism misinformation clouds and is perpetuated by the Internet. We want to make accurate information about autism causation and therapies visible, accessible, and centralized. We also want to help new autism community members develop a positive yet realistic attitude, to appreciate the strengths while supporting the struggles of our loved ones with autism. Our attitude is cautionary yet loving — we are interested in strong opinions, but not in negativity. Our families need their energies for evidence-based optimism!
Our writers have defined opinions, and may not always agree with each other. That is both acceptable, and realistic, because autism means something different for every person with an autism diagnosis. We are not here to tell you what to do; we are here to give you tools and information so you can make informed decisions for yourself, your child, or your family.
We should probably also say that the TPGA Facebook page is one of the very few (if not the only) place where parents of autistic children, autistic adults, and professionals who serve the community, communicate in one space, and that it is a rare opportunity for each group to have the access to, and the attention of, such a large group of connections. It will mean that conversations are more challenging sometimes, requiring more patience, and more assumption of good intent.And it will probably feel different from other autism pages; the reason parents don’t always feel unquestioningly supported is that this group is not just about parents, and the reason autistics feel like parents are running the show (once again) is because this space is not just for autistics.
The goal is to think, ask questions, question the media, and learn from each other. TPGA is not an authority, we are a resource. We are a very small team of volunteers who curate information and try to make it usable as a resource for others. If being told something you are doing or saying as a parent, is painful to an autistic person, makes you uncomfortable, think about why you are uncomfortable before you yell, “Unfair!” -maybe there is something to learn.
If your first instinct as an autistic is to say that all parents want to kill their autistic children, pause before you assume that worst possible thing, and consider that none of these parents are the parents you had, because help and resource was not available when you were growing up.
The four of us who monitor this page cannot please everyone all the time, that is clear. We are so happy that the number of active people, and “likes” continues to grow for this page, but it is an imperfect space in an imperfect world. We try, very hard, every day to encourage a healthy community but we are always open to feedback.
And remember, if this is not the right learning environment for you today, it might be tomorrow, so you can always come back and try again if today’s topics are too emotional, triggering, or perhaps they just don’t apply to where you are in your life. This is one slice of Facebook, and just a small part of the world, but we are glad you’re here.
We do not purchase “Likes” or pay to boost posts. If you have questions about Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism please email thinkingautism at gmail dot com. The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism Website.
- JOHN ELDER ROBISON is the author of the New York Times bestseller Look Me in the Eye, Be Different, and Raising Cubby. He is Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William & Mary and co-founder of the TCS Automotive Program for high school students with developmental challenges. He and his wife Maripat lecture widely on autism and neurological differences, and he’s a member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. John also serves on committees and review boards for the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and private foundations. A machinery enthusiast and avid photographer, John lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Maripat and stepson Julian, two cats, an Imperial War Pug, and a bevy of machines. John Elder Robison Website.
- American Military Families Autism Support is for military families, by military families. Our mission is providing news, information, community and support to military families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder.American Military Families Autism Support Website.
- I Love Someone with Autism. Sharing our journey as a family with a child who has Aspergers / high functioning autism. I Love Someone with Autism Website.
- Autism Women’s Network is dedicated to building a community for Autistic women and girls of all ages. We offer a place to share experiences among a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment.Statement on Gender: AWN both recognizes and affirms each individual’s gender identity. We will not tolerate abusive behavior based on perceived or actual gender identity and presentation. We recognize that gender is not a binary, and that one can identify with “woman” and a non-binary gender at the same time. We also recognize that some people may have a varying gender identity, and may identify as a woman at some times but not others. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all women, and supporters of women, to join our community. We wish to specifically welcome trans women, as well as non-binary and gender variant individuals who have claimed, in some way, the identity of woman or girl. We believe that you claim your identity, not that you are assigned it. We hope to provide the same support, networking, and community to those who have had to claim their identity as to those who haven’t.
We wish to recognize and affirm the experiences of those who do not identify as women currently but have in some way in the past. Too often, gender biases are based not on our identities but on how other people believe we should identify. We welcome the input of those who have been misgendered as women, and who feel that the ways they have been misgendered give them a common experience with girls or women. We also welcome the support and community of those who do not and have never identified as women. AWN works to center the experiences of Autistic Women, and want our allies to support us in that work. We believe that community of choice is more important than being divisive, and hope that you feel safe and welcome in helping us build that, regardless of gender identity. AWN Website.
- Carly was diagnosed with autism, oral-motor apraxia and cognitive delay as a child. Through years of persistent therapy and hard work, Carly learned to spell and her voice eventually found its way out. Today she types with one finger, and shares the truths and mysteries (as she calls it) of autism.Although she still struggles with OCD and communication challenges, Carly has proven that you can’t judge a person by appearance: her IQ has been confirmed to exceed 120 and her “inner voice” is funny, insightful and passionate. Rather than being placed in supported living, Carly now attends a mainstream high school where she takes advanced and gifted classes. Her memoir, Carly’s Voice is in production with Simon & Schuster and is available online or at popular book retailers. Carly’s Website.
- Asperkids, LLC is a cheeky, sassy, geektastic multimedia social re-education company based on the first-person insights, creations, and imagination of award-winning author (and Aspie) Jennifer O’Toole.We promise a LOT. And we mean it. Explore our website – watch some videos — read the “game changing” books and discover why we believe in being different. Together. Asperkids Website.
- Fasten Your Seatbelt. Things have changed since we were adolescents – heck, they’ve changed since my eldest daughter was an adolescent. technology is rocketing us in new and different directions. the one thing that hasn’t changed, are the challenges girls face as they travel the road to becoming young women.
i decided to start ‘fasten her seatbelt’, as a way to connect with other parents who also have daughters on the spectrum… daughters that would soon be approaching adolescence. you see, I’ve been through adolescence before with my oldest daughter and taught in an all-girls school for ten years – so, i have an idea of what’s ahead… I’m just not sure what road bumps to expect with an autistic adolescent daughter.Let’s join together as community and travel together!!!! Fasten Your Seatbelt Website.
- Artists and Autism. This Facebook page is solely dedicated to promoting autism acceptance through the arts. Postings are to be strictly art-related. This includes, music, photography, dance, and writing–no other posts of any kind will be tolerated. Submissions may come from anyone on the Autism Spectrum or from their neurotypical family members or friends. *All submissions, unless otherwise specified, may be reposted on this page through implied permission. Please include a brief description (such as title, medium, inspiration) with each photo of art posted. Thank you! 🙂
- Just a Lil Blog. Lily is a happy little girl. She’s the same as any other little girl her age. What makes her the same is that she, like every other little girl, is different.It might sound funny to say that her differences are what make her the same, but it’s true. We all have differences. Some of us have less differences than others and some of us have more. But nobody is completely the same. One of Lily’s differences is called autism. This is a place where I write about some of her differences and some of her samenesses. Just a Lil Blog Website.
- AutPlay Therapy is a play therapy based treatment for autism, dysregulation issues, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This page is designed to promote the therapeutic power of play as a treatment for autism disorders and to promote play therapy and autism awareness. This page is a place for parents and professionals to share information and resources in play therapy and autism treatments AutPlay Therapy assists in developing emotional regulation ability, social skills, and relationship development through a natural play based approach. AutPlay Therapy Website.
- Autism with a Side of Fries. This is a fun place to share, support and have a laugh. Our lives can be a challenge and this a non-judge no mommy wars safe place. Agree to disagree is fine. Act like a jerk? There’s the door or I’ll show it to you. So let’s remember it’s much better to laugh than to cry. Got questions? Post them! I’m sure someone here will have info. To other pages. I don’t do “share 4 share”. Introduce yourself. Interact with the page. I’ll most likely “like” you back and share posts from your page that I think are helpful/funny/etc.
Folks looking to fundraise or sell stuff. Feel free to post it on the page yourself. Unless I know you personally and can vouch for you and or your product or group, I don’t share you. Sorry to be harsh. There are too many scam artists in the world. I love the people here too much to expose them to stuff that’s not for the right reasons. Autism with a Side of Fries Website.
- Red Vines and Red Wine. This is a blog about my life as the mom of an autistic child along with a teenage girl and a grown son. It is also about wine, friends, and my super awesome husband. The Red Vines- well I just like them and they go well with Sweet Red Wine. Red Vines and Red Vine Website.
- Formed in July 2010 Act Now For Autism is a core group of people passionate about the future and well-being of children and adults with autism and associated conditions in the UK.Act Now For Autism are campaigning within the areas of the Welfare Reform Act, specifically the WCA, Work Programmed and the impact of the changeover to Universal Credit and PIP. We are campaigning for advocacy to be offered to every autistic adult who has to have a face-to-face assessment. We also provide support to autistic adults and their families via our 13 regional Facebook groups. Act Now For Autism Website.
I hope you will find these Facebook Pages and their websites helpful in learning more about Autism and helping to raise awareness and acceptance not only during the month of April but all year round.
~ Holley Jacobs