Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Books by Autistic Adults

Two bloggers listed under Blogs by Autistic Individuals have recently written books and made them available at Lulu.

First up is Kate's, who provides this description:

"Common Scents: Adventures with Autism and Chemical Sensitivity" is the story of a young woman's search for physical and emotional safety as she journeys through the mountains of the Cascades, small coastal towns on the Oregon coast, and out-of the-way towns in upstate New York. Along the way, she experiences things she would never have dreamed possible had she stayed in her Maine hometown, and begins to learn the power of human connection.
 Lydia from Autistic Speaks discusses her book on her blog. Her description of her book at Lulu:

"Interview with Autism is the memoir of a young woman diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. It goes inside the mind of one person with autism by answering 40 common questions that parents, teachers, and friends of people with autism have about the condition."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Have an Open Mind, just not so open, it all falls out

Three blogs and the directory under which they were placed are gone. When you advocate and push for people to contact a researcher's university to get him fired, we don't have to direct any traffic to you. When you take pride in trying to bring the vaccine program to its knees, we don't have to link to you.

There's a place for inclusion. But if you're actively seeking to destroy people's careers because you don't like them, it's not here.

We're happy to include a diversity of voices about autism, but hate speech, attempts to get people fired, and outright lies and misinformation we won't link to.

So Worth Your Time

For a positive story on autism, please take a minute to read this blog by Jeff Ebert and watch this video. Here's a news story on Ebert giving children with autism cameras and showcasing their photos.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A couple of things...

I just wanted to check in say a couple of things.  Firstly, I am so happy to have found so many new blogs. It is wonderful this sharing of ideas, stories-making new connections.  A few weeks ago, Kim suggested a blog to check out-I hope that you did.  Today I've come with my own suggestion "Floortime Lite Mama".  It is a wonderful positive blog by the mom of a five year old..  I hope you go and visit. Leave a comment-say hi.

It is our goal to include as many blogs as possible on this site.  I don't agree with all of them-and I am sure that not everyone agrees with me. Our idea is to be all inclusive.  There are many different points of view on the hows and whys of autism.  I think though that we all share a commonality in wanting to make the world more accessible and accommodations readily available..I think that by looking at different viewpoints we have a better chance of understanding each other.  Like it or not, we are a community.

 Today, I chose to remove a blog from our listing. When a blog serves no purpose other than to spew venom and jealousy towards an individual in the blogging community-that blog becomes irrelevant. It serves absolutely no purpose other than stroking the hurt feelings/ego of that blogger. There is no place for that behavior here. So if anyone has noticed, I wanted to explain the reason behind my action.

Anyway, I hope that you are all enjoying your Sunday-and Father's day if you are celebrating. Please go check out that blog. By all means, leave a comment and let everyone know if there is a blog that stands out to you as well.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Mother and Autistic Son in Need

Ken Reibel has covered this story on Huffington Post.

Please take the time to go to this mother's blog and read her heartbreaking story regarding her son. I'm including some of her son's story below:

"On the morning of May 24, 2010, I arose at approximately 6:30 am to wake my son for school.  I discovered that my son was not in his room.  I did not immediately worry because I know that he loves to go for walks.  A few hours later at approximately 10:30 I called the police station when he had not returned.  I was told that he was in custody and was currently being questioned but I was not told why. I immediately told them that my son was Autistic. Although I told them this, they still refused to offer me any information.   I told them the to ensure he got his phone call.  Once he called me, I could barely hear him because his speech was very low.  The only thing I could make out was that he was attacked by the police and he didn’t mean for any of this to happen.  I still had no idea what he was talking about."

Monday, June 7, 2010

A New Blog, A Great Idea: The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism

Liz Ditz,Shannon Des Roches Rosa, Jennifer Byde Myers,  and Emily Willingham are the editors of the new "The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism."

Their mission: "The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism (the website and the book) exists to help people with autism, and their families, make sense of the bewildering array of available autism treatments and options, and determine which are worth their time, money, and energy."

Give them a look; they're seeking submissions. :-)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Trying to Speed Up The Directory

I've reduced the feeds to show only the ten most recently updated blogs in each category and removed the snippets and thumbnails.

Let me know if this speeds up thing. You can still expand each section to look at all the blogs in a category.

We're still looking to add new blogs, as well, so we're happy for any links you have. Also, we have a button you can put on your blogs for the directory to let folks know we're here. :-)



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