Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Stimeyland Celebrates 1000 Ausome Things, Some of Which Are You!

Today is the last day of Autism Awareness/Acceptance/Giant Hug Month and some folks in the autism and autistic communities are celebrating with another Autism Positivity Flash Blog!
This time around, bloggers are sharing some Ausome things in their lives. I know a lot of Ausome people. I feel very lucky to know a lot of Ausome people.

(I feel so lucky to know those Ausome people that I will call them Ausome even if I feel vaguely uneasy using the word “Ausome” because it isn’t a real word AND has iffy capitalization. You can take a girl off the copy editor’s desk, but you can’t take the copy editor out of the girl.)

Click that graphic up there to go to the flash blog site to read the great stuff there. If you want to read something that I wrote (even if it isn’t technically for this, but I wrote it and it’s about autism, so there), you can check out Acceptance Begins at Home, which I wrote for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network for Autism Acceptance Month.

There are a ton of great posts on the ASAN Autism Acceptance Month website, as well as a huge number of fact sheets for parents, autistics, and professionals. Spend some time poking around over there and I think you’ll find some stuff you like.

Also, if you’re looking for posts about autism awareness from the parent perspective, Lisa of Autism Wonderland put together an amazing piece at Babble featuring some wonderful posts on this very topic.


Also, not for nothing, a new Costco opened in my neighborhood and now my family has nearly unlimited opportunities to buy things we don’t need in enormous quantities. I wrote about why you shouldn’t take your children to such a place for White Knuckle Parenting. (Although I totally take my kids there all the time.)


Yesterday I asked for your help with the Montgomery Cheetah’s upcoming Cheetah-thon fundraiser. In addition to the wonderful people who had already donated, even more of you stepped up and chipped in. We’re already over the $500 that Alex and I are going to match.

I cannot thank you all enough.

But I’ll try. Thank you to Lisa, Meredith, Gayle, Jen, Diane, Cheryl, Bec, the Martinez family, the Pedulla family, and the Coppenrath Girls. YOU MAKE MY HEART SING.

Our new Team Stimey Cheetah-thon total is $720. That doesn’t even include our matching funds. I can’t even tell you all how much that means to me. If you haven’t donated yet and would like to, you can do so on the Cheetahs’ FirstGiving site. Be sure to mention if you’re donating for Jack so I can send air kisses your way. Because that is what I am doing right now.

All of that is pretty Ausome, huh?

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