What is Autism?


 Amythest Schaber has a video blog series on Youtube, addressing various topics about autism.


The first question after a diagnosis of autism is often, “What does this mean for my child?

Autism can be a scary word.  But the reality doesn’t have to be scary.

Both good and misleading information and support can be found online.  There is a lot of controversy about the nature of autism and ways to treat it, so when you read, consider the reputation of your source.

Two of the best sources of information are people with autism, and families of people with autism.  There really is no substitute for life experience.  We’ve listed examples of both on our homepage.

General Information on Autism:

 Autism Canada

Autism Canada puts special focus on providing information, referral and resources for parents and other family members who are seeking support for children with autism. This site also provides news, resources and links for youths and adults on the spectrum. An exciting feature of the site is Autism Junction – a searchable Canada-wide Directory of ASD services and related supports.

Autism Awareness Centre

The Autism Awareness Centre believes that education is the key to success in assisting individuals who have autism. With numerous social, communication, and behavioral intervention methods and the more recent field of biomedical interventions, it is important to keep parents and professionals on the leading edge of new information.


Ollibean is a dynamic community of parents, families and advocates in the disability community working together for a more socially just, accessible and inclusive world.

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

A one-stop source for carefully curated, evidence-based information from autism parents, autistics, and autism professionals.


Good starter books:

Prizant, Barry.  Uniquely Human.

A look at how characteristics of autism that may puzzle us really show us that everyone has the same feelings and needs, and that people respond to the world in ways that make sense, when we understand their perspective.

Alderson, Jonathan. Challenging the Myths of Autism.

There are many misunderstandings about autism, and Jonathan Alderson works through ten of them.  Bottom line: kids with autism grow and learn, as any child does.  As in the Prizant book, there is helpful advice for parents here.

Silberman, Steve.  Neurotribes.

For history buffs, this book provides an understanding of where the diagnosis of autism comes from, how people with autism have always contributed to our society, and how perceptions of autism have changed over time.