Support for Family Members
Family members and friends of children and adults with autism are presented with many joys and many challenges throughout their lives. We hope these resources will help support you during the ups and downs and in between.
Words of Wisdom from Other Parents
10 things parents can do to help their child with autism
11 tips for new autism parents
The dos and dont's after an autism diagnosis
Ten things I've learned in my 10 years as an autism mom
Autism parents have a lot in common: illustrations from an autism mom
Advice from an autism mom: Don't give up, just get out!
Resource Spotlight: Advocacy Tool Kit
One of the most critical roles family members play in the lives of their loved ones with autism is that of an advocate. Parents, siblings and other caregivers are often the best advocates for children and adults with autism.
We want to arm you with the information and tools you need to be the strongest advocate you can be.
Our Advocacy Tool Kit provides basic information about advocacy skills and ways to apply these skills in different situations.
It includes information about advocacy at school and in the community. It also covers the importance of teaching self-advocacy skills to people with autism.
Autism Speaks Advocacy
People with autism and the families that support them rely on a range of options throughout their life spans to live, remain safe and participate in their communities. This includes residential and day supports, respite, recreation, transportation and others. Autism Speaks is committed to promoting lifelong supports for people with autism by advocating for support for caregivers, home and community-based services, financial planning resources and more.
Support for Friends
As part of our Family Support Tool Kit series, we also developed A Friend's Guide to Autism for friends of parents of children with autism. This guide provides an overview of autism, how your friend might be feeling and how you can support your friend, his or her child and entire family.