Anyways, I bit the bullet and set up and an account on twitter and plugged the feed onto this site. My goal is to use it highlight things that I run across that are interesting but I don't have the time to write about. We will see how it goes. If you find it interesting or useful, please let me know.
And speaking of twitter, I started poking around to see how other people are using twitter to talk about autism and ran across the following tweets from someone calling themselves AutismSheri. This person's bio says that they are "out to prove to the world that Autistic people are awesome!" and some of their messages are, well, interesting to say the least -
PPL! #Autism Say what u want 2 me,I care NOT! Hurt 1 Autistic person who reads ur CRAP&U WILL deal with me! Autistics Rock! Acceptance PPL!
PPL! I'll say this again! #Autism There is none so TRULY BLIND as those who CAN'T C the BEAUTY&LIGHT that is an AUTISTIC PERSON! GodBless:-)
PPL! #Autism I'm NO hero,NOR am I here 2 SAVE any1! We do NOT need SAVING, WE NEED ACCEPTANCE! WAKE UP PPL! Autistics Rock! God Bless! :-)
PPL! #Autism If u refuse 2 ACCEPT ur child, Do u really think others around u will! U CAN'T change bin AUTISTIC! ACCEPTANCE Is Key! WE ROCKThere are many more messages like these. I am guessing the point is to accept autism and not treat it, that autism is related to the hard substance that the Earth is made of, or that people with autism glow in the dark - I can't be sure from the limited context. I don't remember ever seeing my children glow in the dark but maybe they only do it after we go to sleep...
People will be people no matter were you go and I guess when you only have 140 characters to complete your message I guess you turn down the brain cells and turn up the emotion.
If this is the best that twitter has to offer my experiment may be short lived.