If you are a Facebook user, you may have already seen something about these groups. If not, you may want to add them to your feed.
Everyone Matters, according to their page, is a “global Inclusiveness campaign w Sir Paul McCartney, Nicole Kidman, Ellen D., Hugh Jackman, orgs & public with a message to judge others less, see the humanity in everyone, and emphasize that everyone has the right to be who they are.” They highlight real stories from real people from all walks of life, as well as the usual graphics and pictures. I often “share” what they post, so that I, too, can spread a message of inclusiveness for everyone. (@everyonematters on twitter)
Autism Shines, according to their page, allows you to “upload your photo of someone you love with autism, or yourself, and caption it with something great about them. Help us show the world all the positive attributes of autism!” At first, I found the constant updates to my feed a tad excessive, but after awhile, I really grew to love the positive, beautiful pictures of children with autism from all over the world. This page really puts a face (so many of them) to the label of “autism,” and it’s definitely not “Rain Man”. (@autismshines on twitter)
Single Mothers who have Children with Autism, is another page: “If you know or love someone with autism, have autism or just want to learn more about autism then you are welcome here. Follow us on twitter too at: www.twitter.com/SingleAutismMom” I just started following this group, but I love that they share posts asking for advice. They also share graphics with messages that jive with how I feel about autism in general, i.e. “Autism is not a choice, however Acceptance is.”
Finally, Shared Abilities is a new one for me, as well: “www.SharedAbilities.com is A Community for SHARING Information about Special Needs and Celebrating All We are ABLE to Accomplish!” This is the Facebook page for a website with forums (fantastic resource for parents of kids with special needs!) and a newsletter. They also post about various fundraisers and local opportunities all over the country. (@SharedAbilities on twitter)
You see, I use my Facebook page to share things that I think the people who care about me (and my son) ought to know, if they don’t already. I love being a voice for people with autism, and indeed anyone seeking acceptance. If others find that obnoxious, that’s their problem, and not mine.
I hope you check these pages out — I know they’re worth your time.
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Just went to shared abilities site and found an awesome spina bifida video. Luke watched it twice! It was about a little girl who is in a wheelchair and is an amazing swimmer. He was very inspired – he takes private swim lessons and now wants to swim as well as her! Thanks for sharing!