If you are dealing with deafness and autism, you are not alone! There are resources and community support available.
- Deaf Autism America (DAA) (Associated with American Society for Deaf Children)
- Yahoo Group (deaf-autism-group)
- Autism Research Institute’s Resources for the Deaf/HOH/Blind/Visually Impaired with Autism
The artwork, as seen above, was designed by a deaf parent of a deaf child with autism and represents the official ASL sign for autism. The hand that is moving inside symbolizes the person with autism’s inclination to retreat within her/his own self, and the cupped hand represents his/her world. The sign also represents “inclusion and involvement” which serves as a reminder of how vital it is to give/receive love and attention, essential to the human spirit.