Okay, this took a while, but I’m back at the blog. I had originally planned on getting back to this right after Labor Day, but I had a slight setback: a thoroughly messed up knee that is pending surgical reconstruction next week. At the very least while I’m recovering I will have plenty of time to write a blurb here and there, and highlight some things that I think are important to those affected by Autism.
First and foremost, Mike had a great summer and the folks who run the Town Of Oyster Bay‘s GAP program should be really proud of the positive effects that this camp has on Special Needs kids. Even more encouraging was Mike’s return to school. So far, so good; no tantrums and no drama as he starts his first full week, and I continue knocking wood and rubbing rabbits’ feet.
This Summer to Fall transition also marked a transition for us as a family; our oldest son started college. While not too far away, it’s still an adjustment that we all have to make; I still have to do a double-take when I come home and don’t see him playing on his Playstation 3. Nick is the prototypical big brother, and I know both Tom and Mike miss him too. Tom may not say so but it’s gotta be hard to suddenly be the big brother of the house now. Mike has already told us that he misses Nick. I was glad that he and Nick had a ‘sleepover’ in Nick’s room before he left for college, and again when he came home for Labor Day weekend.
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Thanks, It’s good to be back.
The Amazin’s posed the question to their fans in an email survey Wednesday: “The Mets are considering adding a designated ‘quiet’ seating section with lower volume PA announcements and no music or cheerleading. How likely would you be to purchase tickets in that section?”
It “would apply to a section in the second-deck, left-field seats,” which sell for between $20 and $78 apiece under the team’s dynamic pricing plan, according to the New York Post. The paper quoted a few Mets fans who panned the concept, calling it “stupid,” “boring” and “just not baseball.”
But there’s more to the story.
The idea is to make Citi Field more welcoming to families with autistic children, the Mets told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton.
WEB EXTRA: Guide to Citi Field
The franchise wanted to know if the interest in such sections extended beyond their autism awareness days, morning show co-host Craig Carton said Thursday morning. The Mets held their 10th annual Autism Awareness Day on May 6, a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“If that’s the sole reason you’re considering it, well, bravo!” said Carton. “You want to allow all kids … to enjoy a baseball game. So why not just say that?”
When asked about “quiet” sections on Twitter, one fan responded, “I think giving the parents of kids with autism a chance to see a ball game without having major issues is exceptionally noble.”
- A Home Run for Autism at Citi Field, New York (theepochtimes.com)
- “Quiet please, the Mets are trying to play baseball.” (freethoughtblogs.com)
I want to try something here. I want the opportunity to brag about the other kids in our lives: the Siblings on the Spectrum, who truly are ‘Autism Heros’. As Parents on the Spectrum, a lot of our time revolves around our Autistic child. Now it’s time to shine a light on our other kids, who do so much, and mean so much to our families.
If you have a story, picture, video, or blog post about your Siblings on the Spectrum, please send it to me as a comment to this post, or if you are on Twitter, Tweet or DM me (@1andOnlyJustEd) with your brag, using the hashtag #AutismHeros. If you follow this blog on Facebook (Facebook.com/BeyondAutismAwareness) you can send your stuff to me that way. I will gladly publish a new post using your story, picture or video, using #AutismHeros as the title. (Please don’t use Pingback to send me your stuff. Thanks.)
All our kids are important, and they should be recognized. #AutismHeros
Nick, Mike and Tom: my three goofballs and each other’s best friends. Mike looks up to Nick and Tom for different things, and they both give him things that only brothers can. I am proud of both of them!!