Perspectives: Blogging About Autism
April is Autism Awareness Month. Today, we’d like to introduce you to just some of the many bloggers who write about autism on WordPress.com.
Back on Autism Awareness Day, Katie Tackett wrote a post on Thought Catalog to share her feelings and raise awareness of what it’s like to parent Aubrey, her three-year-old daughter who has severe autism:
How can we expect that snotty woman behind us in line at the grocery store to know that our daughter is not just an out-of-control three-year-old, and it’s also not us just being ineffective parents? The truth is, we can’t expect people to take autism seriously unless they know what it’s like to love someone with severe autism or be someone with severe autism.
Living With Autism
Over at Living With Autism, blogger, teacher, and poet Liz shares the challenges and celebrations of caring for her adult son Dylan, who has autism. Liz reflects on early interventions for Dylan and the risks and rewards of new experiences.
Through her poetry, Liz considers how her perceptions of autism have shifted through the years, as Dylan grew older. Her ethical statements about blogging about a man who is unable to give informed consent in the traditional manner helps educate readers and raise awareness of living with autism.
Thirty Days of Autism
Leah Kelley is a Canadian special education teacher and parent of an autistic child. She created Thirty Days of Autism to promote social understanding and offer a glimpse into the perspectives of those whose lives are touched by autism.
In addition to blogging prolifically, Leah speaks on autism and education. In fact, she’ll be presenting on Supporting Transition to Adulthood for People on the Autism Spectrum at the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2014 Convention & Expo, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from April 9th – 12th.
A Quiet Week In The House
Over at A Quiet Week In The House, blog proprietess Lori writes about being autistic. To learn a little more about her, read this humorous entreaty for olfactory political correctness on behalf of the scent-sensitive and this loving tribute to her grandfather.
In this post, Lori discovers that her autism allows her to empathize with others and accept them for who they are, during a random encounter in her local bakery:
As an autistic woman, I cursed both my sensory sensitivity and social reticence. I wanted to explain my huff, but I had neither the words nor the poise. Perhaps the perfume she wore was her stim, her comfort, her way of making the outside world tolerable. Sitting close to me was an act of camaraderie, not hostility.
Interested in learning more about autism? Be sure to check out the autism tag in your WordPress.com Reader. You’ll find — as we did — a passionate and compassionate community of people willing to educate, share, and sometimes, just listen.