It's the start of a new year, and you know what that means. ... Well, okay, it means a lot of things. Making New Year's resolutions. Breaking New Year's resolutions. Articles tallying the best of the previous year that no one ever reads. IEP meetings. Tears over IEP meetings. Angry rants about IEP meetings. But for the purposes of this site, the start of a new year also means the start of a new round of Readers' Choice Awards. This will be my third year running the awards on this site as part of the much, much larger contest across the About.com network.
Every year, I look forward to the Readers' Choice Awards as an opportunity to celebrate the really wonderful work being done by so many parents of children with special needs and others who support them. I love giving blogs and books and special-needs sites a chance to grab a little extra spotlight, and have hoped that in rallying their fans to nominate and vote, they've had a chance to build their own communities and constituencies. I'd like these awards to be a way for readers to share the resources they love and find new ones to follow.
I'm still finalizing the list of categories for this year, but you can look back at the winners and finalists from 2011 and 2012 for an idea of what sort of resources have been featured in the past. If you have an idea for a category I haven't included in the past, or one you want to make sure makes the cut, mention it in the comments. The awards are scheduled to get underway on January 14, and I'll have links to nominating forms ready to go.