I’ve said it before and I’ll most likely say it again and again…when Jonathan was growing up in the 80s, Aspergers wasn’t on the diagnosis radar and it took until he was 13 to find out that he was indeed on the high functioning autism spectrum. Even then, there was little in the way of support and certainly, most of my friends and family couldn’t relate to his struggles.
As a mom, I felt as though I was on ship lost at sea with only the stars and my intuition to guide his way (cheesy metaphor but appropriate). It was often lonely. There weren’t many who “got it” and, although meaning well, most never quite knew what to say (or what not to say), what to do (or what not to do) to help me as I navigated through some rough waters (continuing the metaphor).
The “We Get It!” Facebook Autism Communities
Today, I am not isolated, nor do I feel alone–rather I am a part of a worldwide connection to other moms, dads, and kids/adults on the spectrum because of the autism communities on Facebook. I feel such warmth and support from people I’ll most likely never meet face-to-face.
Calling All Facebook Autism Communities for Project Heart Touch
So moved, I am launching PROJECT HEART TOUCH, an extensive editorial project to share what makes these communities so special and necessary so no one has to go through their autism journey alone.
If you have a Facebook Community and would like to be included, here’s what I need from you by August 2, 2013…
Please answer any (or all) of the following questions:
- Name of Facebook Community and link
- Your name
- Why did you start an autism/special needs FB community?
- What’s the overall philosophy/theme of your community page?
- How often do you post and what kinds of things to you post?
- What has it meant for you?
- What are you hoping others take away from reading, interacting and joining your community?
- Share something great that’s happened on your community page.
- What are you most proud of?
Email your responses to me (Jodi Murphy) at info [at] geekclubbooks [dot] com by August 2, 2013 and include:
- An image (optional)
- Photo credits if required
- Any other important links you’d like me to include such as your blog/website, book, or products
- Let me know if you want me to include
By submitting you are granting me permission to use your information for editorial purposes only. You maintain the copyright for your own original material. Project Heart Touch is NOT for my personal financial gain nor will I be selling anything related to it.
More details will unfold, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. Brené Brown