Resources

Here are a few of our favorite evidence-based resources about autism.

Blogs

The Autism Science Foundation

The Autism Science Foundation is a not for profit organization founded by parents and scientists working together. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. We also provide information about autism to the general public and serve to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Amythest Schaber

Amythest is an artist, writer, public speaker and advocate. They blog about Autism, disability, and life on the spectrum at neurowonderful.tumblr.com

Debunking ASD & ADHD Myths and Misinformation

A Facebook page devoted to debunking and exposing pseudoscientific treatments and products marketed to parents with ADHD & ASD children and promoting science, evidence, compassion and understanding.
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Left Brain Right Brain is a blog about autism in the news and science – and the bad science – about autism.

AutismWatch

The purpose of Autism Watch is to provide a scientific perspective on the many aspects of autism. This Web site is for families of autistic children (including adult children), practitioners treating autistic patients, and anyone else with an interest in autism. Our goals are to:

  • Provide basic information about autism
  • Offer scientific analysis of autism therapies
  • Discuss the merits of the many proposed causes of autism
  • Identify reliable sources of help and information
  • Report improper actions to regulatory agencies
  • Help people seek legal redress if they have been victimized

Evidence-BASED Medical Information

Cochrane Reviews are internationally recognized as the benchmark for reliable, high-quality information about the effectiveness of health care interventions.

Professional societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Federal Drug Administrationw publishes information for consumers about currently approved drugs and medical treatments as well as warnings and updates about treatments that violate the federal laws governing drugs medical treatments.

Science-Based Medicine is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care.

Books

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently.

Autism’s False Prophets by Paul Offit

In this book, Paul A. Offit, a national expert on vaccines, challenges the modern-day false prophets who have so egregiously misled the public and exposes the opportunism of the lawyers, journalists, celebrities, and politicians who support them. Offit recounts the history of autism research and the exploitation of this condition by advocates and zealots. He considers the manipulation of science in the popular media and the courtroom, and he explores why society is susceptible to the bad science and risky therapies put forward by many antivaccination activists.

An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks

Seven paradoxical tales of patients adapting to neurological conditions including autism, Asperger’s syndrome (featuring the story of Temple Grandin), amnesia, epileptic reminiscence, Tourette’s syndrome, acquired colorblindness, and the restoration of vision after congenital blindness.

Self-Advocacy Organizations

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism (TPGA) is the resource we wish we’d had when autism first became part of our lives: a one-stop source for carefully curated, evidence-based information from autism parents, autistics, and autism professionals.

The goal of TPGA is to help you fast-forward past society’s rampant autism fabrications and negativity, by providing clear, thoughtfully presented, balanced, and referenced information. We also want you to understand that autism awareness and acceptance are not merely noble but necessary attitudes — and are separate matters from the autistic and other autism communities’ never-ending fights for medical, legal, social, and educational accommodation.

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. 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 work to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the Autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

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The Autistic Network for Community Achievement’s mission is to support the natural development of autistic people by providing education and training to autistic individuals, their families, and the community at large.

Communities

awnThe mission of the Autism Women’s Network is to provide effective supports to Autistic women and girls of all ages through a sense of community, advocacy and resources.

The Autism Women’s Network is dedicated to building a supportive community for Autistic women of all ages, our families, friends, and allies.  AWN provides a safe space to share our experiences in an understanding,  diverse and inclusive environment.

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance

PACLA is a space to give a sense of community to parents that choose to parent Autistic children with love and acceptance. This is an Autistic safe space — meaning that bashing and demeaning Autistic people is strictly not allowed. All discussions will be moderated to that effect. In this space, parents are encouraged to discuss supporting and accommodating Autistic children respectfully, advocating for neurodiversity, and the bountiful joys of raising Autistic children.

Note: Information provided at PACLA might be overwhelming for new parents.