Highly Recommended

The Autism Society

The Autism Society is a highly recommended resource for information related to autism. The materials available here are clear and authoritative, allowing visitors to learn about this condition in depth. Especially helpful is how the site refers users to autism-related services and support across the country.

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Review Date: 6/28/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Category tabs like "What is Autism" and "Living with Autism" are clear, but the long list of subtopics in each can make browsing a guessing game. On the plus side, all content seems readily available in the main navigation bar. The search bar isn't very prominent, and it doesn't filter results aside from date. But because the website's topic is so narrow, users shouldn't have issues using the site.

Visual Design

The website's red, white, and blue color scheme, combined with images of advocacy and inclusiveness, give off a patriotic feeling upon entering. The site features a professional, contemporary design. The various elements fit together seamlessly. While there aren't any videos or webinars available, the site contains plenty of images and engaging visuals.

Quality

The Autism Society is an excellent source of information for patients and families affected by autism. The site is up-front about the fact that its recommendations are based on scientific data and evidence-based practices. Additionally, visitors can easily learn about the organization's highly qualified advisory board, although individual articles are not referenced.

Credibility

Unfortunately the website does not publish the names of authors. And while some of the pages feature a date of publications, several are more than three years old, and others don't have a date at all. The resources and statistics available here are published by the highly credible Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Psychiatric Association, and more.

Pros

  1. Relevant information and resources not affected by political or commercial interests
  2. Age specific articles on topics such as behavior, sleep, puberty, transitions, and employment
  3. List of treatments with brief descriptions to help choose treatment options
  4. Numerous links to helpful services across the U.S.

Cons

  1. Some of the information is difficult to locate
  2. Discusses autism and Asperger syndrome as separate conditions instead of the currently used "autism spectrum disorder"
  3. Could use more straightforward organization in places
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The Autism Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots organization founded in 1965

Accreditations: BBB-accredited charity, GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency (2017), GreatNonProfits top-rated nonprofit (2017)

Additional Features: Blog, patient and family stories, news, biannual magazine

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: info@autism-society.org