I am the proud mom of a 13-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, both with a PDD-NOS diagnosis, and both very different kids. I live in Rochester, New York, which is an amazing community in which to happen to have a child on the Autism Spectrum. According to the dictionary, a maven is a trusted expert a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. I think most parents of children with special needs are “mavens.” Mark Alpert says that a “maven is someone who wants to solve other people’s problems, generally by solving his own.” According to Malcolm Gladwell, “Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know.”
I hope that I can be your go-to maven. I also see myself as what Gladwell calls a connector. Connectors are the people who “link us up with the world … people with a special gift for bringing the world together.” My goal for this site is to do that for you, as well as for myself. I think our connections will make us stronger, and better able to get our children what they need. So join me and become connected–through Twitter, Facebook, Google Friend Connect, or right here on the site. As parents of children who are different, if we don’t know the answer, we leave no stone unturned and simply figure it out as we go along! Thanks for coming along with me.