Autism Resources, Support and References

Autism Support Groups

For people with autism, living with the disorder can often mean living a lonely life. It will be beneficial to their quality of life for them to be able to connect with other people who are going through the same problems. Not only can they exchange information, tips, strategies and insights with each other, they can also help each other speak out for people with autism and promote social awareness and understanding for autism. As for the family and friends of people with autism, caring for and helping their loved one can be daunting and emotionally stressful. That is why it is also important for them to find support groups and communities. It is advisable that they create or join a network of parents of children with autism and professionals who have studied and helped people with autism. This is necessary in order help them find the best behavioral therapy and educational services for their love one. Among the support groups and communities available for people affected by autism are:

Autism Support Daily

Autism Support Daily is a non-profit and charitable organization of parents of children with autism and professionals who have helped children with autism. They provide support, information and educational services for parents and friends of people with autism as well as those with autism themselves. They also provide financial assistance for medical, educational or professional services for people with autism.
autismsupportdaily.com

Wrong Planet

Wrong Planet is an on-line community for individuals (and parents of those) with autism, asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. They have discussion forums where people can exchange information and ideas, and an article section about relevant topics.
wrongplanet.net

Autism References

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Mayo Clinic

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[BACK] - 6: CNN Medical Unit, Autism rates up despite removal of mercury from vaccines, 2008, CNN.COM.
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[BACK] - 8: William, J.G., Higgins, J.P.T., Brayne, C.E.G., Systematic review of prevalence studies of autism spectrum disorders, 2006, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd & Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

(First published online in: 29 April 2005. doi:10.1136/adc.2004.062083, Archives of Disease in Childhood 2006;91:8-15)

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Related Conditions

Asperger's Syndrome – autism, deficient interaction and social skills, lacking of empathy, autistic, restricted pattern of behaviors
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – delay in language and motor skills, autism, lack of social functions
Rett's Disorder – repetitive movements, cognitive impairment, autism, problem with social skills