So There I Was, Minding My Own BusinessPosted: April 8, 2011
When I talk to my friends about this site they often ask how I decide what to write about. I usually don’t know what to tell them. Most of the time I just see something, like a wire whisk in a pick up truck, and my mind goes from there.
Here is the story of how I decided what to write today.
I was minding my own business, looking at other people’s websites. I made dopey comments on some, others I just read and thought about how some really clever people keep reading my blog. Then I went to another and started reading. I watched a video there and learned a little about one of my regular visitors.
And then I thought that today, maybe I could do without silliness and use the fact that smart people keep coming here to help that visitor do something great.
Autism And A Mom
Mary Fletcher Jones, who many of you have seen comment here, runs a Marketing, Social Media and Design firm outside of Washington, DC. For the month of April, Mary’s firm’s home page is dedicated to raising awareness of Autism.
Autism affects the social development and communication skills of one out of every one hundred ten children; for boys that ratio is one in seventy. After reading Mary’s page and watching her video I sat back and thought about the parents and young people I know who are dealing with autism:
- a former work partner whose autistic son has just turned 16
- my friend at the desk next to mine who gets all my jokes, works twice as hard as I do and is a tireless advocate for his 6 year old with the condition
- a friend I co-teach a class with.
- the young man my son knows who lives with , a condition on the .
I came up with that list without even trying. It isn’t even close to including everyone I know that could be there. The thing is, I know that for all those who’ve told me their stories, there are many more who haven’t yet. I also know that you know similar families, and I’m sure there are more you’re not aware of.
Starting today, we are going to help those families in one simple way. I’m going to ask you to do that by helping Mary help them.
Living Well With Autism
Mary and her firm have created a website called Living Well With Autism. The site is well organized and filled with “tools for living with the everyday challenge of raising a child with autism”. The site is rich with videos, printable materials and Twitter and Facebook connections for even more support.
Here is what I am asking my readers to do. Add a link to Living Well With Autism to your blog, website, and Facebook page. Send the link out to your followers on Twitter. Not hard, right?
Let’s consider the possible effect of us banding together to do this. One in one hundred and ten children are affected by autism. Bloggers, some of us have hundreds, perhaps thousands of readers per week. You don’t know who needs this help, but you know they’re out there. With a link from your site to Living Well With Autism, you could be helping a family get an additional resource in their lives.
Facebook junkies, same story. You’re all connected to high school friends you probably haven’t seen in decades. Could you be helping their children or grandchildren by posting a link today?
I have added a link from Blurt to Living Well With Autism. I’m keeping it there, even after Autism Awareness Month is over.
It’s your move. Link, Facebook, Tweet it today:
or, if you want a short url…