All About Autism • 2011 • Call For Submissions

It’s All About Autism. How many of our children are affected by autism. How many children, adults, families, co-workers and friends are making their journeys through life with autism somewhere in the mix? It means something different to all, yet the same through and through. Many want to know more about what an Autism Spectrum Disorder really means. Others need to know that your experience is the same as theirs. Still more are just opening the doors to discover what lies ahead.

April is National Autism Awareness Month. In celebration of the strength and perseverance that our children continue to show us, for the patience and unconditional, unrelenting love they draw out from us each day Special Happens would like to host parents, bloggers, authors and community resources throughout the month.

The exact make-up of this month is still up in the air. Much will be determined by the number of writers wanting to submit a piece, and I am hoping to have giveaways and possibly have an Online Treasure Hunt and more. As the details unfold, I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, I have a growing list of submissions and I’d be honored to add you to it. If you’re interested, here’s some things you should know:

  • The subject is Autism. After that, it’s OPEN. You can write about the inspiration you receive from your child every day, something funny your child did, mourning, hope, you can scream at autism, praise the community, talk about a service you received, you can even touch the dreaded vaccine vs. environment vs. genetics debate around autism. You can even submit an original cartoon (ah-hem). It’s open.

  • Aspergers? Absolutely. It’s a spectrum disorder.
  • You DO NOT have to use a real name. Anonymity is a right, and that’s that. However, I would appreciate some name to be placed along with your posts to give you credit. Even a twitter handle works.

  • It IS NOT necessary that you have a blog or site.
  • Your piece can be as long or as short as you need to get your point across. However, depending upon the number of submissions, etc I may have to split a post over 600 words into two pieces.

  • When you submit your piece, please do so with a photo that goes with it, or your avatar / profile photo…whichever you choose, and a short 3-4 sentence bio. If it doesn’t squeeze into those limits, that’s fine too. If you do have a site or blog, please include the page you’d like me link to.

  • To gain new readers for you and keep your readers on their toes, new and refreshing pieces should be a focus…however, time is time and many of us spend it with our kiddos, so older pieces are welcome.

  • If your submission relevantly links to a post on your site or elsewhere, please feel free to put those links in.
    I spell horribly, and I read fast. I’m not a good editor.

  • Please submit your piece to me no later than March 12, 2011.
  • I will be working to heavily promote this event, likely in mid to late March.
  • As we get closer, I will send participants a button to post on their blogs or site. This is by no means necessary…just a little extra blog bling and promotion for the event you’re participating in.

  • If you have any questions, just let me know.

The biggest part of the event is to show the many sides of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The differences, the similarities, the ability for a community to link for one purpose, during one month and be the voices our children need.

Oh, and I want this to be a fun event. Crossing my fingers. I might even find something for participants…okay, cross your fingers on that one too. If you have access to resources for giveaways, I’d appreciate any help there. T-Shirts or other merchandise with your blog brand, etc are perfect too. (hint).

So…what do you think?

Let me know if you’re in by emailing me at SpecialHappens -at- gmail -dot- com. Then send your post in. I’ll let you know when it’s going up and send you a link.

Gina @ Special Happens