Happy new year to you! I am so grateful that you continue to read this blog, even with my inconsistent and sporadic postings throughout the past year. As this blog nears its six-year anniversary (SIX YEARS?! That seems impossible!), I am humbled by anyone who bothers to read my random thoughts, observations, interviews, and reviews.
While 2017 might have been difficult in many ways for many people, it was actually good for me and my newfound career as an occasional professional writer. I am dipping my toes into writing more professionally, which is probably why I have not been posting as much on this blog. To that end, I thought I’d share the links to the writing I’ve accomplished throughout the year, but in other places.
- “5 Holiday-Themed Apps to Keep Your Kids Entertained in the Backseat” – Real Simple – December 2017
- “8 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Special Needs Child” – Real Simple – December 2017
- “5 Great Gifts for a Child With Sensory Needs” – Real Simple – December 2017
- “Twin App Review: Two Kids, Two Different Ways to Play” – Toca Boca Magazine – October 6, 2017
- “5 Things You Should Avoid Saying to Special-Needs Parents” – Real Simple – August 10, 2017
- “Grandfather and Grandson: A Tale of Two Disabilities” – Broken & Woken – August 1, 2017
- “What You Don’t Know About My Kid’s ‘Excessive’ Screen Time” – Toca Boca Magazine – June 7, 2017
- “Let’s Put an End to Screen-Time Shaming” – Toca Boca Magazine – June 7, 2017
- “Sesame Street hits the mark with autistic character. Now we just need more” – Toca Boca Magazine – April 27, 2017
- “Eight Autistic Characters in Pop Culture” – Toca Boca Magazine – April 27, 2017
Of course, I am not giving up on this blog and I will continue to post as much as I can. However, it has always been an internal struggle for me about what to share – and what not to share – about my personal life. Both Quentin and his sister, Fiona, deserve a kind of privacy on the internet, and this blog can expose a lot. As they age, I am more aware of the footprint I am leaving here for them (and others) to see in the future. I am always careful about what I am sharing, but this might give the reader a more positive veneer than the reality. At the same time, I think the kinds of observations I am making are an important contribution to the growing voices for disability research and rights. I remain at the core a disability advocate, hoping that the little stories I tell can expose at least one example of what autism and media/ technology can look like.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you, dear Reader, and what you think about this blog. Comments are always appreciated! Have a happy and healthy New Year. I, for one, am looking forward to 2018.