Advocacy for Autism

“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has — or ever will have — something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”



Being a parent to a child with autism is both a joy and a challenge. It’s a joy because our children are often pure of heart, kind, loving, loyal, funny, and feel deeply about things. It’s also a challenge because our children are easily frustrated, impatient, overwhelmed, fearful, and again, feel deeply, which can either be a blessing or a source of stress. Our children with autism are often the center of our lives, whether we have multiple children, careers or other interests. We go to sleep thinking about them, and wake up thinking about them. We want to make sure they are safe and can eventually adapt to the outside world, especially as they grow older.

I started Advocacy For Autism because I have been on this journey since my daughter was 3 ½ years old. She has made amazing progress, and I wanted to share with others what I have learned over the years. I’m also hoping that other parents can find encouragement, support and solidarity, knowing they are not alone on this sometimes crazy rollercoaster ride. Advocacy For Autism will hopefully become a mainstay companion on your own personal journey, and will help guide you along the way.


The Everyday Advocate, Standing Up for Your Child with Autism
by Areva Martin, Esq.

From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide
by Peter W.D. Wright and
Pamela Darr Wright

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew
by Ellen Notbohm

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk


All resources and toolkits are provided with permission.

People’s Care Behavioral Health

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Autism Parenting Magazine

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Autism Society Inland Empire

The Autism Society Inland Empire is a non-profit organization which has served our local community since 1986. The organization includes individuals with autism, family members, friends, advocates, medical professionals and educators throughout the Inland Empire and beyond.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Inland Regional Center

For the past 44 years, Inland Regional Center’s qualified and supportive employees strive daily to serve more than 31,000 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. As the largest of the regional centers in the State of California, Inland Regional Center is a nonprofit, private community-based agency that is proud to help obtain services and support for our constituents.

Autism Parenting Magazine

Established in 2012, Autism Parenting Magazine is the leading magazine for parents of autistic children as well as professionals seeking to work with children on the spectrum.

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