There's a new website just launched called 5 Minutes for Special Needs, aimed at people looking for support, insight and inspiration.
Whether it was just coincidence, or just reflective of the fact more Mothers than Fathers blog about their children with special needs (noticeable even in my own link-list - With a Dash of Something Extra - see sidebar), Tammy, the editor-in-chief, realised the group setting up the website were all mums. So Tom and I were recruited to periodically put our own perspectives.
However, I am assured I was approached because of the quality of my writing rather than some sort of Affirmative Action plan :)
Although my daughter, Meg, has Down's Syndrome, it's not something I blog a great deal about. This isn't because I'm ashamed, rather it isn't much of an issue most of the time. I still maintain bringing up a child with DS is 98% about bringing up a child, any child. Thus most of my posts about Meg, are just dad-daughter-family posts.
However, sometimes it does become an issue - primarily when needing to deal with different educational, financial and/or medical authorities. And at this point, my own experiences might be of use or insight to others who face a similar situation.
From here on in, then, I now have a slot for the 2nd Thursday of the month to write about anything related to DS or Special Needs. And by coincidence, the first Thursday of this month happens to be the launch day of this new site, so I get to be there right from the start.
So, pop over to 5 Minutes for Special Needs - my post is called Special Needs or Individual Needs? - and say hello.
And if you think it's something you or anyone you know might be interested in, then add it to your blogroll.