Happy New Year my dear readers. 2012 has been a whirlwind of a year with so much going on in the autism and special ed community. Professionally and personally 2012 was a very special year for me as it was also my 40th. Professionally I was excited to have an article on bilingual children with ASD published in YEC and a book chapter published in the Autism Handbook which I co-authored with Dr. Rhea Paul. I got an award for my blog and survived Sandy. I am so proud of the non-profit Autism Friendly Spaces of which I am co-founder with Deb Stein, Jamie Bleiweiss and Gizem Tanol. Last September, Gizem Tanol and I conducted training at the Met Museum in NYC and we worked with TDF on the autism freindly Lion King and Mary Poppins. I love being a professor but one thing I can’t give up, as it warms my heart, is working with little ones with special needs and in particular those with ASD. One of the little ones I work with achieved one of his annual goals yesterday. We have been working so hard on it and it has been very important for his family. For the FIRST time he went out to lunch, to an unfamiliar noisy cafe with NO ipad and we sat ate soup, drank juice read a story about sharks and very nicely as we were leaving he said “Bye man” 🙂 That made 2012 for me. I wish you all JOY, Prosperity, Happiness, Peace and an Autism Friendly World for 2013.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.