Making Special Needs Connections Extends to Twitter, but Why?
If you know much of anything about me, you know I’m pretty in love with social media. I like tweeting away on Twitter and sharing on Facebook; I love circling and following and sharing on Google+; Heck, I love sharing more information about myself than you could ever truly care to know here at the Cafe.
But what is true, what is important, what I’m passionate about, is using all of these forums to make connections within the special needs community, not only finding other parents and professionals, but organizations, causes and others to engage with and connect further with. To that end, I’m going to begin a new kind of post here at the Cafe. You saw my first change in this respect yesterday as I introduced a special needs blogging and Twitter tool I am absolutely in love with.
I’ve written about the way I’ve used Twitter to help make special needs connections before, and I probably will again. Today, I introduce a way to help YOU make those connections as well.
Twitter Tuesday & YOU – Make your own Special Needs Connections
Twitter Tuesday is a way to introduce you to a select few of my followers each week, share why I think they are a great resource and potential Twitter follow for you, and tout their awesomeness a bit. Sometimes, these will be folks you have heard of, sometimes not. They might have 1000′s of followers and Twitter buds, they might just have a few.
My Hope? Is that you will take the chance to make a few new friends and use the Cafe’s version of Twitter Tuesday to make those meaningful connections.
Twitter Tuesday #1 – Autism, Dads, & Twitter
In the land of Mommy blogging and moms making connections, you don’t know how often I hear (even from my own husband) that the dads are left in the cold. So to lead my Twitter Tuesday I thought I would share a few neat Dads on Twitter who tweet regularly about special needs topics, specifically autism.
- Stuart Duncan, AKA @AutismFather on Twitter, has an amazing site: http://www.stuartduncan.name/
Stuart is a neat guy, who is down to earth and passionate about spreading and growing autism awareness. But he’s after more, as evidenced by a quick look around his site, and even the #hashtag he promotes in his bio: #AcceptanceIsNotEnoughStuart is also in the running for the Parents Best Special Needs Blog Award, because he really is just that awesome! If you want to do a little something extra for him why not go vote for him today?
- Rob Gorski, AKA @Lost_and_Tired on Twitter and with the blog by the same name, is one of the first special needs parents I connected with as I began blogging earnestly just a few short months ago. Rob is honest, achingly so, about his beautiful boys who all have autism and other diagnoses, and he’s just an all around passionate guy about raising Autism awareness.Rob also has a new project he’s involved with called Android for Autism, which helps to provide donated android devices to special needs families. The android devices are refurbished and updated with apps just for kids to learn from.
Rob’s Blog, Lost and Tired, is in the running for a Parents Best Daddy Blog Award, which is much deserved. If you want to help him out a bit, why not also VOTE for him as well?
- Jim Martin, AKA @Gingerheaddad on Twitter, is a riot and a half, dedicated and loyal to boot, and an all-around neat guy to know and follow on Twitter. He’s a “parent of autism” as he notes in his Twitter Bio, as well as a lousy singer (shh, we won’t tell, Jim!). As far as I know, Jim isn’t in the running for any neat awards (Though I did recently grant him the Versatile Blogger Award, so he’s a cool award-winner too!). He writes and tweets with humor and sensitivity. And he’s totally worth the second it will take to follow him!
So —Twitter Tuesday — Cafe style
There you have it, a few amazing folks to follow and connect with, because making special needs connections is always worth doing! Who is on your must-follow Twitter list? Do you have a few special needs folks who you think are “must follow” stars? I’d love to hear about them – why not share in the comments and let others find some new friends as well?