First off, I wanted to let each and every one of you know how thankful I am that you're reading this post - if you know someone who has been touched by Autism, please share my link with them, and even if you've only been touched by it peripherally, please know that I am organizing this month to
- spread the word about Autism,
- about companies who are participating by sponsoring Autism Speaks or other organizations
- about families and caregivers who are dealing with Autism on a daily basis
- celebrate people with Autism
- share a variety of perspectives on research, treatment and support systems
I decided at the outset that I would allow perspectives and options to be showcased whether I personally understand it or not. Each guest post is written from the individuals' perspective and may not match mine or yours. I think debate and research is key to gaining more understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders, but please be polite and respectful.
I also wanted to let you know about
LIGHT IT UP BLUE -
which is a campaign by Autism Speaks to generate awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
You can get more information about it at http://www.lightitupblue.org/
My family will all be wearing blue tomorrow and Saturday!
I also plan to light up our Palm Tree blue tomorrow and Saturday night!
The third thing I've done is started a Light It Up Blue fundraising page at: http://blue.autismspeaks.org/mysite/actingbalanced
where you can support Autism Speaks with a financial donation!
I am hoping to raise $250 for Autism Speaks this month through that portal, so if you can, please give!
Please grab my button from the sidebar ---- ) and display it on your blogroll or write a post about it if you can!
Finally, I've recently found another blogger who is also hosting a month long event on her blog at: http://manyhatsmommy.com/ - please stop by and show her some bloggy love for her event too!
If you are hosting an event or even just writing a post about Autism this month, please let me know here in the comments or by emailing me the URL to firstname.lastname@example.org