Here are some links to pages by people I've met online, along with a few other places I enjoy visiting.

Here is a do-it-yourself link. I don't want to put one of those long Amazon.com URLs here, so I will ask you to click on the link to that site and type "Yearwood In Their Hearts" into the "search" box. When you do, you will be taken to the page for the lovely book In Their Hearts: Inspirational Alzheimer's Stories by Mary Margaret Britton Yearwood. Mary Margaret, also known as MM, is an autistic woman who has a special gift for preaching and for working with Alzheimer's people. Whether you read her book because you're interested in autism or in Alzheimer's you will benefit from the experience. (My short review of the book is included on the book's Amazon.com page.)

Here are the links for Michelle Dawson's fight to get autistics included in government-funded autism advocacy organizations.

Kathleen Seidel has a page called Neurodiversity.com that is chock-a-block with links, plus some excellent writing by Kathleen. Check out her essay "The Autistic Distinction," for example.

There's good reading in the Autism Information Library. Check back often for newly added volumes (of thought). New and note-worthy: Autistics.org's essay in support of Micelle Dawson. If that link doesn't work, try this one. And don't miss The Oak Manifesto by A.M. Baggs.

Can Autistics Be Autism Experts?" Here's an interesting "critical thinking" approach to an answer.

Hooray! Villa Sub Rosa is back on line! Yolanda has fun stuff (clingy bunny!) and photos and her own writing on her site. All the best from Saskatoon.

Check out the links on Oddizm's page. Most of the links take you to reading, but don't neglect to visit Oddizm's CafePress Autistry and Perseverations shop for some fun and autism-friendly attire.

My friend Star has started a web page honoring her family and her perseverations. If you are open to poetry at all, I highly recommend Star's book Spectrums. Click on "links" on her main web page for how to find the book.

Want to meet more autistics? The Autistic Adults Picture Project, "a production of oddizms and Ooops... Wrong Planet! Syndrome with the cooperation of the Autistic community at large," brings together a growing number of photos and self-descriptions. Many of the participants have provided links to their personal web pages, making this a great way to get to know more members of the autism community.

Frank Klein's site, Autistic Advocacy, provides a virtual library of interesting reading for autistics, parents of autistics, and anyone else who wants a better understanding of what it is like to be a man living with autistic awareness in a world where we are hugely outnumbered by the "neurotypical."

Here is Kevin Phillips' web site, which I admire for the clear, step-by-step way he presents information about AS and about his own diagnostic journey.

This is a link to an interesting "Discussion about Theory of Mind: From an Autistic Perspective." It was a presentation at a conference in Glasgow in May 2000, and it grew out of a conversation on ANI-L (online group of Autism Network International, to which there is a link below). "Theory of Mind" is one way "experts" have distinguished between autistics and non-autistics. In this presenttion, a group of autistics took the opportunity to tell the "experts" how the theory looks from the other side of the desk.

Autism and Computing is a site created by Dinah Murray and Mike Lesser in the UK. They've got some fascinating theories about how autistic minds operate.

Larry Arnold has a whole world on the web. Warning: music begins as soon as you enter (pleasant music, but turn your speaker down if you're at work). On this particular page, Larry describes his Asperger's Syndrome and dyslexia. Links at the bottom will take you to other parts of his world. I especially like the photos he took in Wales.

Larry has a link on his site to an unusually up-beat article on AS and HFA (High Functioning Autism) by Simon Baron-Cohen.

Here is Martha Kate Downey, who describes herself as an "author, speaker, educator, but mainly just Mom." I would add "artist" to that list. MK's "flavorful" daughter has inspired some of MK's writing, which will be of special interest to those who love oreos, dancing shoes, and the "differently brained."

Bill Choisser's "Faceblind!" is the place to start if you want to know about prosopagnosia, the neurologically-based inability to recognize human faces. Prosopagnosia is one of my "co-morbidities," as the Ph.D.s like to say.

My favorite prosop site to visit uses stones to present an analogy of what it is like to be "faceblind." It's a lovely page, in my opinion. Of course, I've always had a particular fondness for stones.

There are a number of online resources for people on the autism spectrum. The ones with which I am most familiar are Independent Living on the Autism Spectrum, Autism Network International, Oops! Wrong Planet Syndrome, and, for parents of AS children, the source of sources: OASIS. For a good time, visit ISNT, the Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical.

If you enjoy words, you'll want to try the "vocabulary expeditions" at Word Safari, a great site created by a long-time friend of mine. She's embellished it with a treasury of language/writing links, too.

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