I went to an autism information fair tonight. There were a lot of vendors there, from public agencies to schools to camps to special needs horse-riding places. It was cool. I came home with a couple of pamphlets.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, which put on the fair, was clearly thinking of their audience when they put together the bags they handed out for people to collect information in. Each of the bags contained this:
I ran into a local autism blogger there, but I don’t know that she publicizes that she is in Montgomery County, so I won’t out her here, but she knows who she is. We had met once before and she spotted me first. I had a total deer-in-headlights reaction to her saying my name because I was completely unprepared to see any of the three people I know in real life who have autistic children.
Not to mention that I was dressed a little bit like a bag lady, having had somewhat of a hectic day that ended in my layering many layers of non-matching clothing over each other.
And then someone from Mysterious Local Blogger’s child’s school asked how we knew each other and there was a loooooong pause as I tried to figure out if I thought she was “out” about her blogging and I think she was trying to telepathically tell me not to out her, and finally I muttered something about, “we met online,” and she said something about us meeting through a listserve, which was entirely plausible if not technically true.
Anyway, Mysterious Local Blogger, it was good to see you. Sorry I was all sweaty and incoherent.
This is the third autism-related lecture/meeting/fair/thingy that I’ve been to in less than a week and it got me thinking. There are so many good resources out there, but it’s hard to keep track of them all. I’m thinking about maybe putting together an online calendar of Montgomery County autism events. This wouldn’t be a listserve or a bulletin board or anything else. It would just be a calendar. Do any local people know if something like that already exists?
I know I really need another project about as much as I need a gaping hole in my head, but I think this could have real value. And I’ve decided to not hotly pursue my special education advocacy career until Quinn is in kindergarten (although I am lukewarmly available if you know someone who needs help), so this might be a good way for me to do something worthwhile without breaking my back doing it.
Also, this is me we’re talking about here, so if it does happen, it’ll probably happen in 2012.
Well. I’m about autismed out for the day. See you tomorrow.
Oh! Thank all of you for your lovely comments on yesterday’s post about how Jack thinks I’m awesome at computer stuff. ParentDish even picked it up and made some lighthearted fun of me with it. I just want to let you all know that I actually thought the whole thing was kind of hilarious and I’m okay. I definitely do have my, “I’m the worst mom in the world” moments, but that wasn’t one of them. There are many deficits to my personality (see encounter with Mysterious Local Blogger above), but taking myself too seriously isn’t one of them.
But after reading your comments, I now think that I’m the BEST mom in the entire world. You can find me resting on my laurels for the next six or so months.