Thanks for Nothing: So you get your April issue of Parents Magazine in the mail, and you eagerly flip through the pages looking for the coverage of Autism Awareness Month. Because, c'mon, autism is a huge topic of conversation among parents, affecting a growing number of children, and certainly meriting some coverage in a month devoted to awareness from a magazine that claims to speak to parents' interests and concerns. You look and you look and you look, and ... nothing. Not a feature. Not a column. Nothing. Does Parents not consider parents of children with autism to be an important part of its readership, or what?
That's a question many Parents readers took to the magazine's Facebook page yesterday, according to a post on the blog Try Defying Gravity. Writes blogger akbutler, "Their initial response was that they had an advertisement for a bed tent for children with autism in this issue, and they were planning two online articles. We told them that wasn't enough. In fact, that was condescending. And even more disappointing." And after further Facebook and Twitter bombardment, the magazine -- or, at least, its Facebook editor -- started to listen, inviting families of children with autism to send in their stories for use in a blog series. You can get more details about what to send and where to send it on the Try Defying Gravity post. Give 'em an earful.
Update: Learn more about the bed tent featured in the issue, created by the family of a child with autism. Also, a Washington Times post has some quotes from Parents' editor-in-chief about the April issue.