There really is some interesting stuff to be found and I am not one to bury my head in the sand and say 'she'll be right Jack!". Although to be honest, I am a bit of a *skim reader*. I just don't have the time to delve deeply into each and every article and YouTube clip!
I want to know the latest autism news and read the reviews. It is important to me to read blogs that give a personal account of living with autism. I want to be involved in groups and to play a part if and when I feel like it. I want to hear about the happy, sad, funny and bad stuff out there! My three sisters will tell you that I am just plain nosey!! :-)
I have learnt a few things over the years!
There will always be division within the autism community. We don't stand alone here. No matter who we are, what we are, what we like or what we believe in, there will always be someone who disagrees with what we favour! This is to be found within any community. I call it *life*.
It is easier to sit on the fence (on the internet!).
My journey is MY journey.
My friend's journey is HER journey!
Don't judge another person's journey, even if what they are doing makes me shake my head in disbelief!
Think before reacting (this is taking me a while!!). Reminder to self: It is easier to sit on the fence and keep my mouth shut.
Be kind and understanding.
Don't bash anyone on the internet. If I don't like what they say, I keep my mouth shut! The feelings of angst are really not worth it!
Save the debates and heavy discussions for people that you can sit down with, face to face. It is extremely difficult to *talk* without being able to see and read the non verbal language that is being expressed!
Only share the nitty gritty stuff with people that you really trust! (Yes, you know who you are!!).
Do not diss another person's blog. If it is not for me, I will no longer follow it!
Support each other.... on the internet, in our community, country, town, suburb or next door!
I could go on and on. BUT.... I have bought a new book that is being talked about over the net and it is quite the hot topic at the moment!
Shock horror ~ it has nothing to do with autism!
Gasp.. it's chick lit!!