You guys, I am so excited I almost can’t contain myself. In a fit of paranoia back in December I bought my BlogHer ’10 ticket to make sure I didn’t miss out on registration. I secured roommates on New Year’s Eve. One of said roommates reserved us a hotel room in early January. I don’t know how I’m getting to New York, but I live in DC, so I could practically walk there if I had to.
Let me amend that: I could easily catch a bus there.
You’ll remember that BlogHer is in August.
Wait, wait, wait! It’s gets better. So much better. After a gang of us special needs parents decided at last year’s BlogHer that we badly needed a special needs panel this coming year, several (many?) of us submitted ideas for such a panel.
And there is such a panel!! Right there, first panel of the conference Friday morning:
Blogging Autism: Shattering Myths, Opening Eyes and Finding Your Tribe Autism is both more out in the open than it has ever been before and more shrouded in myths and mystery. Come learn and share your stories about how blogging contributes to the autism community as a source of support and outlet for parents, as a way for those not dealing directly with autism to gain more insight and sensitivity and as a tool for advocacy and activism.
The phenomenal panel will be led by the lovely, charismatic, inspirational, and oh-so-smart Shannon Des Roches Rosa (you know, Squid), who will be moderating. I know, right? Awesome. I don’t know who most of the other people on the panel are, but I do know one: ME!
I’m kinda both excited out of my mind and freaking out beyond belief. Also? I’m relatively sure that I will burst into tears at some point.
I AM pretty excited about getting up there and accidentally spewing out something wildly inappropriate. For instance, introducing myself as, “Hey, motherfuckers! I’m Stimey!” Because now that the phrase is in my head, it’s going to be really hard to keep it inside there, where it belongs.
I know that a lot of you special needs friends out there are going to BlogHer this year. I am so excited to meet/re-meet/jump all over you. It is an honor beyond words that I get to sit up there in front of you.
Now I just have to think of something worthwhile to say.