“Joel Manzer is an autism father from Norfolk, Virginia. His son whom he calls “Short Stack” has autism. Joel Manzer serves as the Lead Editor for Autisable, a blogging community with Xanga.com that was created in May, 2009, and is dedicated to sharing real blogs from people tackling the puzzle of autism. Joel Manzer who describes himself as “just one person among the thousands sharing their stories online” is an Autism Light (hyperlink to autismlight originial article here) for his dedication as an autism father and for his vision in leading Autisable today to be a helpful resource on the voices of the diverse autism community.
Joel Manzer writes this about the mission and origins of Autisable.
When my son was diagnosed with autism, we searched online for an open source blogging community that we would show daily life with autism. By open source, I mean one where someone didn’t have to sign up to join to read information. I’ve been blogging on Xanga.com for many years, and one day I was in a discussion with the people at Xanga.com and through that was birthed Autisable.com. Our mission is rather basic, to promote discussion of autism. We don’t take a stance on a specific viewpoint or concept about it, but want to provide an environment where people can share their ideas and journey. ”
Joel Manzer’s goal for Autisable is “That Autisable will become the premier hub of all families and individuals and organizations that deal with Autism.” Autisable is poised to do just that as a blogging community site where anyone can join, share, friend and subscribe to each other.” via AutismLight
Rob Gorski is a 36 year old Autism advocate, writer, hardcore techie, Google android fanatic, creator of the My Autism Help Forums and co-founder of Guardian Locate. However, more importantly, he is a single Dad to 3 amazing boys. All 3 of his boys are on the Autism Spectrum and have other serious health issues.
His Autism Dad blog is to educate people and help them better understand what life can be like for families with a special needs children. He shares this story from his perspective as a single parent, in a very honest and transparent way.
He writes: “If you feel like you know me after reading what I’ve shared, it’s because you really do get to know the real me. I’m a imperfect, flawed and an expert mistake maker. I’m one person, one human being, trying to do a job that sometimes requires superhuman abilities. I’m as far from perfect as someone can be but I never give up, I’m tenacious and I will move mountains for my loved ones, especially my children.”
Rob wants to dispel the misconceptions surrounding Autism and show how his life and the lives of his children are affected by it each and every day. Believe it or not, it’s not always bad. In fact, it can actually be pretty damn amazing at times.