The idea to create an educational blog about autism has been lingering in my mind for a long time. Why start this blog today? Today, Saturday, October 27, 2007, is Make a Difference Day. A website for USA Weekend(http://www.usaweekend.com/diffday/aboutmadd.html) does a good job explaining what this day is all about. In short, Make a Difference Day, is about volunteering in one’s community. That is why volunteering to write this blog on this day seems so appropriate.
As a parent of a child with autism, I want to make a positive difference in our community and beyond. Volunteering has its positive rewards, and my reward would be making this place a better world for my son and other individuals with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. I intend to explore issues and hopefully educate the public beyond the basics.
This blog will at times focus on events and issues that come up in relation to autism in the Central Michigan area. Other times, this blog, may benefit those who live in other places—whether it is in California, New York, Kansas, the United Kingdom or beyond.
On some days, local events will be highlighted. On other days, I may share a funny or inspiring story about my son or other individual with autism. Book and movie reviews may also pop up on this blog. But most importantly, I will write about issues that come up in the home, educational setting, or in doctors' offices.
I hope this blog will help parents, family members, educators—especially future educators, and professionals who work with individuals with ASD. I also hope to help related organizations in my area by writing posts about them and their efforts.