Looking for Information on Autism? CNN Suggests These Websites

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In honor of World Autism Day, celebrated on Friday, April 2nd this year, CNN’s The Empowered Patient has listed its top ten sites for parents of children with autism who are looking for reliable and useful information on the condition.

Many people turn to the Internet each day for answers to medical questions. Online medical resources can be powerful tools – if used wisely. Because anyone can register a domain name and publish medical “advice” , it is prudent to know which sites contain reliable information about prevention, diagnosis, treatment and experts in the field.

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Parents of children with autism can be especially vulnerable. Because there is so much misinformation, particularly when it comes to causation and outlandish treatments, parents can easily become confused and frustrated. The following websites, a partial selection of the complete list by CNN, should be a good place to start, particularly for those newly diagnosed.

World Autism Awareness Day
www.worldautismawarenessday.org
This site is owned and managed by Autism Speaks, the best known advocacy group for autism (see next entry). A history of World Autism Awareness Day is given – it began in 2007 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare April 2nd as the annual celebration. Here, you can also see how organizations around the world are commemorating the day. The site also offers printable materials for both parents and organizations on autism.

Autism Speaks
www.autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. It is now the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research and increasing awareness. The “Be Informed” tab offers many useful resources, including the 100-Day Kit, a guide for parents on how to navigate the first few months after their child’s diagnosis.

The Autism Society of America
www.autism-society.org
The Autism Society, founded in 1965 and headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization and a leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. The organization offers support groups around the country and also publishes a quarterly journal called Autism Advocate.

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