The Success of Speaking
Posted November 2, 2010on:
[Nov 24, 2010 Update: updated the list of participant blogs]
Yesterday, November 1, was Autistics Speaking Day, and it was a resounding success!! I am completely speechless trying to describe it; I keep using the words “incredible” and “awesome”, but truly these are weak words to accurately express it. The responses and contributions from everyone greatly exceeded my expectations.
I will be honest, when I proposed Autistics Speaking Day, I thought that at best it would be myself and a few others, tweeting on Twitter and maybe putting up a few blog posts. And when the criticisms came in, with people saying that much wouldn’t happen, so why bother, I thought of two things. The two things that leads me to be active in the Autism and Disability communities.
I thought “Well, it might not reach too many people, but it’s worth it if I can make even a little difference in someone’s life.”
And then I thought, “Well, you don’t know that for sure, so what’s the harm in me trying?”
Hope for the best, expect the worst, and be pleasantly surprised. And I was totally surprised. I don’t think I have ever been so pleased to be so wrong before. It was great to see and hear everyone online. I want to thank everyone for their hard work.
I’ve gotten messages of people thanking me for putting ASDay together, but I don’t think that’s right. I don’t deserve all of the credit. Yes, I thought of holding a counter to Communication ShutDown, and I thought of the name, and I nearly spammed Twitter getting the word out and explaining it. But on the day itself, what did I do? I did what everyone else participating did, I posted a blog entry, and shared my experiences with others.
I did not do it all; I do not deserve all the praise for the success of ASDay.
It was Kathryn Bjørnstad who started both Facebook groups, the event page, and the more permanent page. It was Melody Latimer that, when we were looking for a shorter Twitter hashtag, suggested #ASDay. It was Kim and Kathleen on the Autism Blogs Directory, Rachel Cohen-Rottenburg at Shift Journal and others getting the word out. It’s LizDitz for following all the responses, posts and media attention. It’s all sorts of people covering it in the news. It’s the Coffee Klatch for hosting such an amazing conversation on Twitter. It was all the parents and professionals who took the time to listen, and supported us.
And most of all, it was every single Autistic person who joined in and participated. It couldn’t have happened without any of you.
I am only one person, but together, we are a community of voices. I hope that ASDay was informative for many, and that the day inspired not only parents and professionals, but Autistics to be involved in processes and decisions that ultimately affect us. We should not be silent when we have something to say. And certainly, we weren’t on November 1st.
Right now, I want to acknowledge all the participants and contributers who wrote blogs, all their hard work that made ASDay a success. November 1st was your day.
(The following list was made possible by Kathryn)
23. Elaine Caul on awareness. http://one-autistic-in-ireland.blogspot.com/2010/11/but-you-look-normal.html
34. John Elder Robinson posts his support here. http://www.facebook.com/JohnElderRobison
38. Julian Edward Frost posts on his own experience with autism. http://autismjungle.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/autistics-spoke-and-you-listened/
50. Maddy Keene on her experience with autism/Asperger’s. http://mmkeene.deviantart.com/journal/35987525/
65. Socrates from the New Republic on Autistics Speaking Day. http://the-newrepublic.blogspot.com/2010/11/autistics-speaking-day.html
76. I missed Nick Walker’s post before, but here it is now. http://nickykaa.com/2010/11/an-autistic-speaking/
77. Also missed Jo’s blog post here about the difficulties she has encountered raising a son with Asperger’s. http://mumtoj.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/an-explanation/
78. Wendy on alt med, food allergies, and other things. http://raisingbutterfly.blogspot.com/
79. Spectrummy Mummy on her experiences with Autistics Speaking Day. http://spectrummymummy.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/an-ongoing-dialogue/
Please, if we’ve missed a post, let us know! We want to acknowledge and thank each person who contributed. You all are awesome!