Welcome to Autietots! We’re the one-stop source for autism-friendly reviews around Portland, Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. Here you can browse reviews, post your own reviews, connect with other families, and find new places and services that work best for your child’s special needs. Our mission is to end discrimination against families with children with autism and special needs, and to help connect families with autism-friendly businesses and services in their communities.

“Autism” is a big umbrella, and we know that every child with autism is a unique person with his or her own likes and dislikes. Some kids have particular sensory needs or sensitivities. Others have very strict or limited diets. We realized that in order to make this site useful it had to offer easy access to information that would be beneficial for all families. The multiple star-rating system is our way of doing this. For our family, the noisier the restaurant, the better. But for others, a quiet restaurant might be essential. A playground with sand and water play might be a plus for some families, but for those with children who try to eat inedible items this might be a playground to avoid. The star ratings and “quick-tips” offer this kind of info in the most clear and concise way possible. (For details on the different types of ratings and quick-tips, read our FAQ.)

Families with children with autism are often overwhelmed with medical issues, learning about home therapies, and understanding school services. It can be a struggle to find the time and energy to connect with others in the community. Autietots is not just about providing information about places and services. It is also about helping to connect families with each other. By discovering those places in your town that meet the needs of your family, and by sharing that information with the rest of us, you can help us spread the word about autism-friendly businesses and services and help us all explore our communities. As Autietots continues to grow, we hope to offer more and more ways for our users to interact with one another both online and out in the world.

We encourage you to contribute, offer suggestions, and spread the word! If you have a moment, send us a note and let us know how we’re doing!

About Autietotsunratedjm2011-05-10 13:07:19Autietots is about finding places and services that work for families with children with autism and other special needs. The idea for this site came …