Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I Can't Think of a Title. Really.

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.

I have some reading to do.

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:

which, if Jack ever finds it, will probably turn into his most treasured possession.

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.


  1. We should chat. I have a couple consulting/advocacy type gigs that I'd like to start up but cannot get my foot around to kick my ass to start planning. Perhaps when Q and E are in kindergarten we could kick each other's asses to get started?

  2. As I was reading I was thinking, "How does she find all of this stuff?" So, I'm thinking that a resource for parents with a calendar linking to all of the events in your area would be very much appreciated.

  3. You have so many great ideas...if only there were more time.

  4. Forget Jack, that would be MY favorite toy!!! Where on earth can I find one of those?!?!!? You're talking to a woman who carries a tape measure in her purse, here.

    Also, I hope I didn't offend you with anything I said in my description of what happened to Patrick. I tried to present it with compassion and understanding, but since it's not my community, per se, I can't be sure if it really came across that way. I was thinking of you when I wrote it, actually.

  5. I love that cool little gadget! I too carry a tape measure in my purse! How funny! But only because I thrift shop and am always on the look out for something....This weekend it's a fridge, but I'm getting that new.

  6. Goon Squad Sarah and I have come up with a list of things to say that are less embarrassing than "We met on the Internet." That list includes "We had the same pimp" and "We belong to the Creed Fan Club of the Greater DC Area."

  7. SO much information available now. Sometimes I wonder which direction I would have gone with my son if I had had the Internet 25 years ago. I can't imagine that making information available could possibly be a bad thing - even if you get some info to 1 more person who needs it.

    And that is a very cool thingy. Are you letting Jack anywhere near it?

  8. Wow, that's quite a pile of pamphlets, good luck working your way through them. Love the free gift!

  9. Hiya- I used to do research with autistic kids a long time ago, so I have SOME affinity with you! I still see some of them now, leading adult lives- some quite successfully! About your meeting/link-up/notification idea- try Facebook- it has a great facility for adding meetings and being able to let everyone in a group know about things. It can integrate with other systems and you don't need to have anything in your Facebook profile besides the meeting thing if you don't want to. We put parties and dinners and art shows in there and never forget anything ever again!


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