"I am different. Not less."---Temple Grandin
As many of you may already know, Congress passed The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011( CARA) this week. It now goes to Pres. Obama for his signature. Folks---this is what advocacy is all about.
THE IMPACT OF FACEBOOK ON AUTISM ADVOCACY
In the last several months, I've come to the conclusion Facebook has a generally positive impact on autism advocacy. Even though there are countless resources online for autism related issues and concerns--- like this very blog--- Facebook magnifies those resources a thousand fold. I am constantly amazed and thrilled at the information the general population shares regarding autism on their Facebook autism pages. Just as important, the comments added by the general population add to this enormous tapestry of relevant and useful information. We can only look forward to what the future holds with this technology and the evolving technology around the corner for continued autism advocacy.
(Note: you can access my Facebook page to the right of this post. Also visit the many resources we have available on this blog).
A Valuable Resource Is Now Available
Autism Speaks is offering a valuable resource for the community. The School Community Tool Kit assists members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism. Available now at Autism Speaks.
Autism Research Institute. Oct. 13-16, 2011. Las Vegas, NV. Contact #: 877.644.1184.
U.S. Autism and Aspergers Association World Conference and Expo. Oct. 27-30, 2011. Seattle, WA. Contact #: 801.816.0532.