The Ability Online Support Network was first developed in 1991 as a local bulletin board, but has since grown to include members worldwide. It is a free Internet community where children and young people with disabilities, and their families, can exchange messages and participate in online activities in a safe environment. Registration is free although it takes a few days to receive the personal code needed to sign on. The site seems geared mostly to sending messages, and a chat room is advertised for one hour a week. Chat subjects are called ‘conferences’ and cover a wide range of subjects for the children, and their parents or caregivers. Games are available, and birthdays of members are noted.
The site has clear graphics and is very readable. There is also a text only option available. The site is easy to navigate and has many items of interest.