Spectrummy Mummy

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Parents Like Us

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My friend Alysia emailed me with a call to action.  One of her friends had received the April edition of Parents magazine, and was dismayed to find there was no coverage of autism.  You see, next month is OUR month.  Autism Awareness month.  Some parents called for action, and Parents initially responded that there was going to be an article about bed tents and 2 online posts.  I have a bed tent sitting in a closet that couldn’t ease my girl’s anxiety at night.  I write online posts every day to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance.  This was not good enough.  Why can’t we open a magazine about parenting and find parents like us there?

I joined in the voices calling for more:

I join in with all the other PARENTS here who are appalled at your condescending and dismissive attitude.  As a mother of a child on the spectrum, I’m shocked that you were unable to dedicate a single issue to raise awareness this month.  It isn’t just our kids who feel marginalized and excluded.  We’re parents too, we deserve acknowledgment.  In April, we need Awareness.

They listened to us.  When we speak together, the world has to listen.

Here is their response:

We would like to say again how grateful we are for your feedback and for the reminders in the last 48 hours that autism is not just 1 in 110—it’s about real people and real families. We feel that one of the best ways we can educate our readers and raise awareness for autism is through real-life stories. This is why we want to give you the opportunity to share your story with us and our audience as part of a blog series in addition to our planned articles. If you are interested in participating, please email FacebookSupport@meredith.com with the following information: 

• Your Name
• Child’s Name
• Living with Autism: Your Family Story (Please keep stories to 500 words so we can include more voices in the blog.)
• Photo of your child/your family (*Optional. We will include one photo if you’d like.)
• Link to your personal blog/website (*Optional.)

We are very sorry for making you and your families feel dismissed or unappreciated. It was not our intention. Autism is an issue worthy of Parents magazine’s attention and we hope we can move forward together to raise awareness throughout April.

Please, if you have a story to tell, do share it.  Show them that we are here, not just Parents the magazine, but all the parents who are struggling to understand their child’s strange behavior.  All the parents who feel alone.  Let us make sure that neither they nor their children feel marginalized or excluded.  It is too late for the print edition for April this year, but I know that together we can make ourselves heard for next year.  Let us show them that we are here.

They are parents like us.

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

March 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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  1. Yay! Love this! Thank you!


    March 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  2. love this! our voices together made the difference.


    March 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  3. Glad you and Alysia did this!! Way to go getting their attention! I still think what they did was lame and thoughtless but we need to take every opportunity to educate those who do not know whether they be parents with an undiagnosed child or just NT folks who need an education. Awareness is so important. What you have done with your voices is amazing!!


    March 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  4. wow! thanks. It pays to speak up. Will try and get something in to them on time – is there a cut off date?


    March 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm

  5. re the bed tents – have found a OS supplier at http://www.myreadysetbloom.com but do you know who sells or where to get in Australia (QLD) thanks


    March 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

  6. […] fight is about ensuring my girl is included, be that in school, the wider community, or in a magazine.  It is through advocacy where our punches seem to hit the […]

  7. Dear Spectrummy Mummy,
    I work for The Autism File Magazine. I wanted to let you know and all of your readers that we would love to have their stories to print in our quarterly magazine. We are your magazine, all involved with The Autism File Magazine have a child on the autism spectrum, we have this magazine for you.
    Please feel free to contact me with any ideas as we will hear your voice and the voice of your children.

    Kimberly Linderman

    March 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

  8. […] I wrote my piece for Parents, I wanted to let the readers know that 1 in 110 is not just a number.  That number is a person.  […]

  9. […] but for me this wasn’t even a long time ago.  This was why it was so important for our voices to be heard by Parents magazine.  Today, my post was published on their site.  All month long we are taking our stories to a new […]

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