Have you ever wanted to do something and you kept procrastinating till it seemed too late? This week I was at a retreat organized by a youth group called G-Next, Nitro 2015, and I shared with them how Autism Gist was conceived at Nitro 2012. I kept procrastinating on starting the blog for a whole year before I finally put up the first article. At some point in my procrastination, I felt that I may never put it up. I saw another blog online, and felt my blog was not needed anymore. But on December 31, 2013, I decided to put up the first post on the blog.
This year 2015, I have been privileged to meet people that thanked me for having a blog on autism, mostly parents. I got feedback on how reading from me helped a woman respond appropriately to a child she met in a children’s church, who is on the autism spectrum. The lady said they would have just assumed that the child was hearing impaired if she had not read about autism before. All these feedbacks made my 2015 and made me happy that I started the blog.
This year, I also met some parents who have children with different special needs, who have procrastinated on finding help for their children, and have somehow given up hope that getting professional help for their children may be too late. I am a strong advocate for early intervention, but that you have not started early does not mean you should not start at all. In 2014, I wrote an article on starting early once you discover that your child may have autism or any other form of special needs; as much as I will still put that opinion on the front line, I want to encourage some parents who have not started to “start”. Get the required help for your child, and you will at least have hope as regards that child.
Today December 31 2015, an idea that was conceived in December 2012 and birthed December 2013, is 2 years old. I wish I was more consistent in putting up posts, but I am glad that at least the ones I have put up have been relevant to a few people. This year I started a new project, #ThrowbackThursday #AutismAwareness on Twitter. The response has been really good; for that I am grateful.
I have said in a previous post that on the blog, I am introducing a new project, “In Other News”. In Other News will address other forms of special needs. I hope you will support this project by sharing the posts, just as you share my autism posts.
On this anniversary, I want to thank the people that have supported this blog, sharing our posts time after time. You are the reason people have stumbled on the blog and have become followers. I also want to thank the people that have given feedbacks, you encourage me to go on and to do more. And importantly, I want to thank all the people that have visited the blog one time or the other, seeing the number of visits to my blog always make me happy. God bless you all.
Remember to follow @adelolaonautism on twitter, and like my Facebook page, Autism Gist with Adelola. Thank you.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas in arrears, and Happy New Year in advance.