I’m currently working on a set of introductory guides that I would like to make available sometime in the relatively near future. These guides are intended to be less overwhelming and less prescriptive than most of the books I’ve encountered, as well as being decidedly shorter. At the same time, they’re intended to be more thorough and more comprehensive than many of the booklets and pamphlets I’ve encountered. I’m trying to produce a happy medium.
Each of these guides will introduce a form of disability (starting with those that I’m most familiar with and maybe staying within only those) to a generalized audience. On the one hand, I want it to be useful should a new parent or newly diagnosed individual pick one up. On the other hand, I want it to be something that can be handed out to co-workers and service providers as well. I want these guidelines to explain what a specific label—autism, for example—is and what it means for the people involved.
To this end, I would like to humbly request those of you who would be willing to do so to please share the limits, challenges, and opportunities that you have experienced as people with disabilities or have observed the people with disabilities in your lives experience.
If you’re willing to share, please leave a comment on this blog and I will contact you or you can contact me.