Welcome to the Giraffe Party!

Giraffe PartyThis blog is a place for me to write and archive my missives on being autistic. It was started at the urging of my mother, my friends (some of whom are autistic, some of whom are parents of autistic kids, some of whom are just my friends and want to know more about this aspect of my life), and members of the autism community.

I do my best to be as diplomatic as possible and I welcome questions and input, as long as it’s respectfully done. Chances are, I will use questions from parents/caregivers/educators/professionals as a prompt to write, rather than responding directly. Names won’t be used, nor will private messages be quoted unless you give me permission to do so.

I can’t provide answers to every question, but I can try. And if I can’t, I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. If you’re curious as to other pages to follow or other places to get information, check out the Links page for more reading. Many autistic bloggers, parents of autistic individuals, autistic information groups, and autistic advocacy groups are represented (along with stuff I just generally dig, so you can get a sense of who I am… sort of).

A note on commenting: please do not use large blocks of text. I can’t read or process them very well (if at all) and I do want to be able to read, if not address, everything you have to say. Paragraphs are key to my being able to take in everything. It helps me better organize my thoughts.

Feedback is valuable and an open dialog is important to me. This is one of the accommodations I must request in order to keep the conversation going. Thank you in advance!