One year ago this week, the iQ Journals made its debut. That’s right – it’s my blog-o-versary! Let me take a moment to pat myself on the back. This blog has been like a third child for me. I only hope that I can keep up the promise I made to myself to post at least once a week for another year.
Secondly, it is almost April – which is Autism Awareness month. (It’s no accident that I began my blog one year ago, considering this important calendar month to the autism community.) While Autism Awareness seems to be dominated by Autism Speaks – an organization that primarily raises money for research into autism – I prefer the idea put forth by many autistic bloggers who advocate changing it to Autism Acceptance month. Let’s not think of pitying those who have autism which is what the word “awareness” conjures, but instead celebrate their amazing brains! I created this blog to explore the amazing things that Quentin does with media and tech; I am simply documenting my attempt to learn from him. He is an incredible human being and I accept him for who he is.
To that end, I’m asking you, my dear readers, to take a moment to help me celebrate both my blog-o-versary and Autism Acceptance month. No, I’m not asking for a cake or flowers or even a homemade card… (but thanks for the thought!) Instead, I’d like you to please consider a donation to a non-profit very near and dear to my heart called Extreme Kids and Crew.
Extreme Kids and Crew is a parent-run non-profit in Brooklyn, NY that hosts a sensory play space, workshops for parents and kids, music classes and a host of other great events for families with special needs children. While the doors are open to any family with a special needs child, a majority of children do tend to have autism spectrum diagnoses. The iQ Journals is primarily about media and technology, but Extreme Kids is not; in fact, we escape to Extreme Kids to pull out of the television and iPad world that Quentin wants all the time. It is one of the few places in my world where I feel completely comfortable with my two kids. They play together and play with other children there, and no one stares if Quentin is squealing at the top of his lungs or trying to chew on my hair. Fiona can giggle with siblings of other special needs kids and my husband and I can discuss school choices with other parents. It is truly a refuge for us, and now this grass-roots organization is in desperate need of funds. To get a glimpse of what this organization is truly like, check out this youtube video (and see if you can spot Quentin dancing his heart out around 2:44):
I do not get paid to write this blog. I do have some advertising and links to amazon.com, but these are not very profitable. Please consider giving a monetary gift to this very special organization for us to celebrate my one-year commitment to writing and Autism Acceptance month.
(Be sure to mention Quentin or the iQ Journals in a “dedication” so that they will know that I sent you.)