Seems that the April issue is out and there is nary a mention of Autism Awareness Month or autism at all. From what I could gather, it also seems that this is a pattern and a similar discussion ensued this time last year.
|What are you bitching about? They're|
giving you 21 discipline tips. 21!
"Our April issue does have an item in the Kids Health section about a bed tent for kids with autism..."I swear, I almost *almost* felt sorry for her. A bed tent? Really? I had to read the comments that followed while squinting and half-covering my eyes. Yeah, she got her ass handed to her.
I took a particularly personal interest in this topic, because I had pitched an article to Parents last June and they replied that they had just recently published an autism-related article.
I assume that there is some lead time in magazine publishing, so to me the response implied that they didn't publish autism articles very frequently and that, in effect, their "quota" had been met for the century. Of course, there is the outside chance that they thought I sucked and were just backing away from me slowly. Nah.
But after the ass-handing, there was this:
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.
So in my best Howard Beale from Network...
I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up and crawl out from under those bed tents. I want you to get up right now and go to your computers and tell them "I'm
Or if you prefer Bluto Blutarsky from Animal House...LET'S DO IT!!!!!!!!!