The rapid increase in the rate of autism globally has led to a very high level of awareness among people. Different activities addressing the disorder have spread, especially on the Internet. The web has become an indispensable tool for people with autism and for people concerned about autism. A quick online search on the Internet would yield millions of links to autism-related articles that can help people learn more about the disorder.
Autism awareness is so high that people would even say there is currently an autism culture. This culture is similar to the deaf culture. People within this culture believe that autism is a unique condition, a different way of experiencing the world rather than a disorder to be cured. As the use of sign language has spread among the deaf, the Internet has provided self-identified autistic people around the world with a way to communicate with other people and with each other. Autistic people find it easier to communicate online than in person because it eliminates some of the social barriers related to the disorder.
Autism communities consisting of autistic people, their family members, friends, and support groups have sprung up over the Internet. Autism-related websites, networks, chat rooms, forums, blogs and mailing lists have proliferated. People find support, information and ways to communicate through these online communities. It is now easier than ever to find articles and other resources that can help people cope with autism.
The website of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the United States provides quick facts and FAQs about the disorder. The website of Autism Speaks, a New York-city based advocacy organization, is also one of the best places to learn about autism, interact with the autism community, and be involved with other activities. Meanwhile, Sage Journals Online has a list of the top 50 most frequently read articles on autism.
To know how others are coping with autism, people can also read autism blogs on the Internet. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of these blogs online, all discussing autism, how to cope with it, and the latest research.
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