Introduction to the Blog

I have FINALLY decided to take the plunge and write about our experiences of accessing services for our son who has Autism Spectrum Disorder/Condition and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). At the time of writing my son is 12 years old and we have been battling for the last 6 years to access services and support. It has and continues to be a very long and hard struggle. When we started out on the jouurney we knew nothing, but six years on we have learned a lot and the purpose of this blog is to share our experiences and hopefully help people to understand their rights and entitlements and what they can do to access services more easily. the blog is also intended to show policy makers and service bank manager what families go through and as a tiny contribution to campaign for better funded services. No-one should have to go through what we and thousands of other families have gone through and continue to go through. I won’t share very personal details about my son to protect and respect his privacy but I will share details of services, schools etc. I welcome all comments and feedback. I hope you find this blog interesting and helpful.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

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