While autism spectrum disorders are usually diagnosed in childhood, autism does not disappear when people hit the magic age of 21. In fact, more and more adults now have autism spectrum diagnoses, and the numbers will grow dramatically over the next few years.
Despite the fact that autism is a lifelong challenge, most websites, books and public presentations about autism focus on very young children. It would be easy to get the impression that only infants, toddlers and elementary school students can be autistic!
This site has been as guilty as any in selecting far too many photos of adorable children to represent "the autism spectrum."
Now, I'd like to take a positive action to right the balance!
If you're a teen or adult with an autism spectrum disorder (or you love a teen or adult with an autism spectrum disorder), you are invited to tell your story on the Autism at About.com blog. Here are the details:
I will publish your personal story, memoir or blog post, as written, provided that it: Is no longer than 1,000 words Does not contain any four letter words or personal attacks Does not contain any ads or recommendations to patronize a particular therapy or therapist
You are welcome to include up to two photos with your submission, provided that you have the rights to the image. If you do send a photo or photos, please include a caption and a credit. There's no obligation to send a photo.
Send your blog, story, or memoir to firstname.lastname@example.org - and I'll publish it right here. I'll let you know right away that it's up, and I'll promote it on my facebook site. You're welcome to promote as you see fit! Please write me, too, with any questions.