Around the blogosphere January 8 2012

8 Jan

Or, at least, a small fraction of it. There are times when I have to remind myself to get out and read more. Not papers, not news, but blogs. I don’t know why I have to remind myself. There is so much good stuff out there.

In no particular order, and for no other reason than these stuck in my mind for sometimes long periods of time, here are some blog posts and bloggers I’ve been reading:

When I first came into the online autism discussions one of my favorite writers was Jeanette (Mom26children). As you can gather, she has six children. Of those, 5 are autistic and she’s seen the breadth of the spectrum in them. The last post on her blog is from May, but it is a great one: Age (s) of Autism…. I Couldn’t Resist 🙂 . She tells us that two of her kids, kids who had major challenges as young children, no longer meet the criteria for special education. She credits her kids and the people who worked with them.

Emily Willingham is part of the Thinking Person’s Guide team. She has a Ph.D. in biology. That’s really only a starting point. She has the research background and, much more, repeated shows that she has science chops to delve into research papers on autism (as journal editor, this shouldn’t be surprising). In a recent post (On autism, sAPPa, immunity, and subsets ) she deconstructs the publicity around a recent paper. It’s a classic problem where the paper and the press release oversell the relevance to autism. This problem isn’t restricted to autism, by the way. I see it a lot where people try to link their work to some hot topic.

The Crowded Autism Web is a recent post from The Autistic Me. As the writer points out, The Autistic Me has been around for several years but 2012 is a year for expanding readership. Also, you can follow The Autistic Me on Twitter.

Shannon Rosa is another member of the Thinking Person’s Guide team. One thing TPGA does that I really wish I could do well is interviews. One example is Interview: Christa Dahlstrom of Flummox and Friends, where Ms. Rosa interviews the creator of a live-action show which looks to explore social interactions. “[A] little bit Pee Wee’s Playhouse, mixed with The Big Bang Theory, with a little old-school Electric Company thrown in.

2 Responses to “Around the blogosphere January 8 2012”

  1. Anne January 8, 2012 at 07:42 #

    Not a blog, but I always enjoy reading Michelle Dawson’s pithy twitter commentary on current developments in autism research (and other things).

  2. Kassiane January 8, 2012 at 08:10 #

    There’s a lot of youngish (here meaning: younger than me) autistics whose writing I love.

    Julia at is awesome. And Amanda at And there are sooo many others and good tumblrs and ahhhh…Can’t read all the good blogs!

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