Parents Magazine completely forgot about Autism Awareness Month… and then…

While checking around the various social networks and news sites, I came across this About.com news story: “Parents Magazine Ignores Autism Awareness Month“. The good news is that this is likely not going to be a mistake that they repeat next year because they got an ear full!

Autism advocates quickly “liked” their Facebook Fan Page, not with the intention of liking them, but being able to voice their disapproval (I think disgust is a better word but I’m trying to be nice).

The awesome folks at Try Defying Gravity have been covering this expertly and really helped with the push towards getting this resolved and resolved, it is… well, sort of.

Here is the statement, in the discussion group page of Parents Magazine Facebook Fan Page:

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.

They screwed up, they know it. But does a discussion page post tucked away somewhere in the middle of page 2 really make it all better?

I think they could do better.

But instead of waiting on them to do better, let’s follow in Try Defying Gravity‘s example and do better for ourselves.

Update your blogs about this, share this on Twitter and on Facebook and let’s get their hidden message out and give them so much to write about that they’ll need a double thick issue, or better yet, need to devote the next 2 months to Autism.

Keep in mind, I am passionate about this because their response ties in perfectly to what I’ve been trying to do, and that is to get people to share their stories on April 2nd. The Awareness is Not Enough campaign is going strong and this is the perfect opportunity to get your story out there to the world.

If you’ve been wondering how you can best share your story, this may well be it. So email them. Their email address is in their statement above. Let’s make sure this is a mistake that they never ever make again.

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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6 Responses to Parents Magazine completely forgot about Autism Awareness Month… and then…

  1. Boy Wonder's Mom March 24, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you!

  2. Rachel March 24, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Stuart – THANK YOU for continuing to get the word out about Parents Magazine’s lack of autism coverage.

    Like you, so many of us are tired of the message getting buried under superficial attempts at “inclusion” by way of advertising BED TENTS.

    Great post – thanks!!

  3. Alysia March 24, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Thank you SO much Stuart, for sharing this story. This was truly a group effort with Parents Magazine – really the epitome of what advocacy is all about. We spoke together with one voice, and they heard us. We hope!
    Thank you again for ALL that you do for acceptance and understanding of our children.

  4. Stuart Duncan March 24, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks, we’re all doing our best to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen. And if it does, to make the best of it and use it to far more than just awareness.

  5. Big Daddy March 25, 2011 at 2:41 am #

    Big thanks to you and everyone who helped address this oversight by them. I submitted a piece!

  6. Brian March 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks for the heads up, now to submit my “work”

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