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.
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.
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