Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2015 - Page 5

As seems to happen while stringing together these pieces, a secondary theme came about, one of humor! It makes so much sense when you think about it – part of accepting yourself is being able to laugh at your own mistakes, or, as the Geektastic Jennifer O’Toole tells us in her fabulous cover story “Congratulations! You Have Autism” interview, “Mistakes aren’t mistakes if we learn from them. They’re lessons. And let me tell you, I learned a whole LOT of lessons along the way.” Folks, I have conducted a lot of interviews throughout my career, but this was by far one of the most fun. Heck, we started off as strangers, and two hours later we were making plans to get together soon for margaritas! Need I say more? Unfortunately, on the road to acceptance there may be some very large bumps, which is why we asked one of our favorite ZOOM contributors, M. Kelter, to write about bullying. His piece “After Bullying: Your Role as a Parent” is a must read because what we say and do after the incident can be even more harmful to the victim than the actual act. There is just so much awesomeness in this issue that I could go on and on and on, but I won’t because, um, I want you to read it instead. What I will tell you is that we decided to end this issue with a very special Q&A. We asked our readers what autism acceptance means to them, and their answers were way more than we ever expected. While we have a long way to go before we live in a world that celebrates diversity, including neurological differences, I feel a sense of hope when I read the responses. Just like I told Jay … we don’t need to have all the answers; we just need to see things in different ways, explore one possible response to a question at a time, and of course, celebrate that diversity exists! Until next issue, Sharon Fuentes, Editorial Director/Founder zoomautism@gmail.com Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 5