Facing Autism in New Brunswick

Facing Autism in New Brunswick is a particularly important blog for both Canadian members of the autism community and those worldwide who live in parliamentary democracies. Although New Brunswick is in the name, the author of this blog monitors the entire Canadian scene. He monitors the lobbying efforts of parents as well as the misdeeds of a bureaucracy that denies children with autism their rights on a regular basis. The techniques used by parents of children with autism in Canada may be valuable for parents around the world (aside from the U.S.), due to the way the political system works (or doesn’t work) when it comes to vulnerable minorities.

The author of the blog, Mr. Harold Doherty, is a lawyer who describes his involvement in autism:

My interest in autism, and my engagement in autism advocacy, began with my son Conor's Autism Disorder diagnosis and the realization that, locally at least, no serious efforts were being made to improve the lives of persons with Autism or to address the realities of Autism Disorder. Hugs are good, but hugs are not enough. Evidence based treatment, education and residential care by properly trained service providers are required to help the 1 in 110 persons who have an autism spectrum disorder.

Autism after 16

The internet inundates us daily with information that competes for our valuable time; as a result, good resources are often buried under mediocrity. I was fortunate to have someone introduce me to the site Autism after 16, which is a valuable project that brings together parents, siblings, very high functioning people on the autism spectrum, and professionals. Much of the information about U.S. Government programs is valuable, and there are many universally useful ideas on this website.

One of the articles that addresses transition to adulthood in a realistic manner is called
Transition Undefined. In this section, there is a 2009 report written on the state of services for adults with autism in New York. Although not directly relevant to those of us who live outside New York State, it is nevertheless valuable since many issues are the same regardless of jurisdiction.

Most issues facing adults with autism are not easily solved;
Autism after 16 attempts to define and grapple with these challenges.

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is a resource to parents attempting to navigate the waters of autism choices. It is worthwhile checking out their blog. If you would like to be a guest blogger, you are welcome to submit your thoughts. Their mission statement reads:

The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism (the website and the book) exists to help people with autism and their families make sense of the bewildering array of available autism treatments and options, and determine which are worth their time, money, and energy. We also want to encourage respectful attitudes towards autistics and people with autism.

Music for Music Teachers

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This web-site/blog is designed for music teachers to give one another advice; however, there seems to be a focus on teaching children with autism music, and there is a blog where teachers ask for advice on teaching children with autism. Since there are so many parents of autistic children who have had much success with children and music, it would be wonderful to help these teachers through their difficulties with children on the autism spectrum. The web-site helps teachers who teach a variety of instruments as well as voice.

In addition, there are some materials (flash cards and free sheet music) that may be valuable for parents of children with autism to acquire.