An Autism Hub Update

6 Jul

Last month, it became even more apparent to me that academia appreciates the Autism Hub.  I’ve always enjoyed a large proportion of visitors from .edu domains at Autism Street, and I’m sure the same goes for much more than a few hub bloggers. I mention last month, because that’s when a group of several Autism Hub bloggers were invited to present at the USD Summer Autism Conference (a second invitation). I would be remiss if I didn’t extend a “thank you” to Steve D of One Dad’s Opinion for his tireless effort in organizing our participation there. I would be even more remiss if I didn’t note that some outstanding people (like Drs. Anne Donnellan and Julie Robledo of the USD Autism Institute) in academic circles seem to have an eye on the future – they both seem to have a keen interest in adults with autism, and what’s coming from the real autism community in general. Of course, having an autistic child, it’s difficult not to appreciate those whose conference was titled, “Work With Me, Not On Me“.

At any rate, thinking a little more about an eye on the future, I proposed a minor facelift for the Autism Hub. As many of you are probably aware, the Autism Hub is no longer run by Kevin Leitch, so I sent the proposal to the current Autism Hub administrators. I was happy to learn that the proposed changes were accepted and implemented.

Have a look for yourself.

I’d like to take a moment and acknowledge the efforts of Kevin Leitch. His orignal Autism Hub designs paved the way for a true community tool that has enormous value. I also appreciate the fact that he does not oppose such changes (as communicated in an e-mail) to his original designs. The whole situation kind of reminds me of that moment when a parent lets go of something with respect to teaching their children. I would assume he’s proud that the Autism Hub stands on it’s own, but I would also assume he’ll view some things as potential mistakes (mistakes that are the Hub’s to make and learn from).

A minor visual redesign and a few potential mistakes aside, the long-term importance of The Hub is clear in my opinion. It remains one of a few unique places on the internet where one can find some of the best blogging from autistic adults (and family members and students/professionals) who focus on the important issues surrounding autistic people and the autism community.

Many thanks to Kev Leitch and everyone who contributes with their writing (or other skills) to The Autism Hub.

5 Responses to “An Autism Hub Update”

  1. Kev July 6, 2008 at 09:10 #

    For me, this is the eve of the most thrilling episode in the Hub’s short but massively effective history.

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing it take off and Do’C’s design is testament to two things I really believe in. Firstly, as a web developer, what one tries to do is cut down on as much overhead as possible when it comes time to redesign a site. Its gratifying to know Do’C found this to be the case. I’m also really impressed with his design chops.

    Secondly, I think that in order for something to be truly free, it has to be let go of. I will always take an interest in the Hub but my interest will be the thrill of watching something I was able to start take flight.

    So, well done to Do’C, well done to Dave and HJ, well done to Steve and Bev, well done to Estee, Camille and well done most importantly to all the other bloggers who do that which matters most – BLOG.

  2. Liz Ditz July 6, 2008 at 18:01 #

    Thanks to Do’C indeed–makes the Hub much more easy to navigate for me.

    I have a question. What does “secondary blog” mean?

  3. Do'C July 6, 2008 at 18:25 #

    I have a question. What does “secondary blog” mean?

    It notes a second blog from an Autism Hub member.

  4. M July 8, 2008 at 20:49 #

    I would like to express mu deepest gratitude to all who have contributed to development of the Autism Hub!
    About new design: I like it except for one minor thing (maybe it’s my personal sensory overload issue…). While moving cursor on the page, the blue icons designating autistic blogger etc change to orange arrows. I feel it like sort of disturbing blinking in front of my eyes. Is it possible to just let the icons remain unchanged?
    (English is not my mother language, sorry about possible errors in this post).

  5. Do'C July 9, 2008 at 07:47 #

    Is it possible to just let the icons remain unchanged?

    It is possible. Here’s the place for the e-mail suggestion box:

    Suggestion Box

    (Remove the spaces of course)

    While I certainly can’t guarantee any results, I do know that the admin team reads and considers all suggestions.

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