Managing Editor's note: Shauna's first show is scheduled for January 15, 2009 from 2:00- 2:30 PM, ET. Read about it below.
For those of you who do not know me. My name is Shauna Layton and I am the founder of Together In Autism can be found @ www.togetherinautism.org. T.I.A's site started as a small mid-western website at the time of my child's ASD diagnosis in 07. During the diagnosis stage I found myself in a region with no support or information systems within hours. I also found myself dealing with not only a diagnosis, but my new job title as CEO "Investigator" for my child. There was no one else to do it, we have all heard this story a million times. There still are not enough resources available in ALL regions. Nor do we have many sources telling us that autism is treatable and recovery is possible.
During my investigating, I decided right then and there that I did not want one person to have to go through this experience. Why should we have to search for all the answers when our world has just been turned up-side-down. When one goes through that, it robs you of your stages that one goes through when a rug is pulled out from under you. I decided, why not document all my finding for my own child, and let others benefit along the way. I wanted all the resources and information to be in one location with ease. Well, here we are nearing 2009 and I find my site providing support and information to thousands of people across the globe. Over the last year demand has grown so quickly and I am so thankful to be helping others with their autism needs. It will never be enough. My site as well as my purpose in life is to provide information and support to the autism community. My main focus and goal in all that I do, is to have your voices be heard.
Through my site, I have been compiling a list of Autism Journey stories, which include: injury, recovery, stories of loss and stories of hope, nothing is off topic. We have been receiving such an overwhelming response. These stories will be posted to our site very soon on our page titled "Your Story." We are currently and always will be accepting/welcoming all of the public's stories, please submit yours today (pictures are also welcome).
I have now signed on with Autism One Radio to provide you a new arena, a louder arena. My show "We Are Together In Autism" is based on the same premises as my website. My focus will be on speeding the process from diagnosis to being informed, staying informed, raising awareness, connecting families, allowing them to share experiences, and helping those with autism thrive. All topics are all on the table: Vaccine & Environmental Toxins, Injuries, Biomedical Treatments, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Supplements, Therapies, Schooling/Homeschooling, Marriage, Greening Our Health, Latest News, Recovery, and much more. Topics will vary while giving autism parents, physicians, and advocates a voice. With this show, I am providing, YOU, the public, a platform for your voices to be heard and your stories to be told. All topics are on the table. Want to share hope? Want to share success? Want to uplift? Just need to vent? THIS IS YOUR SHOW. I currently am and always will be collecting autism journey stories, topic ideas and interview ideas, again all topics are welcome. Send me your ideas today. I will be sharing all of them on air either via interview or by reading your submission on air. "WE ARE TOGETHER IN AUTISM." We look forward to your responses and ideas. Come one, come all.
To have your story & pic's applied to our international website,
send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: Your Story).
To have your story read on air or a possible interview,
Send your submissions to email@example.com (Subject: Radio).
As Age of Autism is known for saying, "Fasten your seatbelts it is going to be a bumpy ride." I am looking forward to seeing where the road will take us, with all of you steering the wheel. It's time to be heard. To read Shauna's Bio and her intentions for her program, please visit this Autism One Radio link: Autism One Radio.
First show is scheduled for January 15, 2009 from 2:00- 2:30 PM, ET.
This show's topic will be an Introduction. My second show will be an interview with a Mother Warrior "Deanna" who lost her son to the Hep B vaccine. "We Are Together In Autism" will air every two weeks.
Bio: Shauna Layton is the Founder of Together In Autism (T.I.A) Together in Autism and is currently writing a book of her unexpected yet humbling autism journey. She was recently announced as a Age of Autism Awards 2008 People of the Year Honoree. She has marched in Washington, DC "Green Our Vaccines Rally" and been interviewed by various national resources. She is a wife, mother, activist, and advocate who is a full-time caregiver working from home. Upon her oldest child's ASD diagnosis in 2007, she found herself in a region of the Midwest (Indiana) with no available resources within hours. Shauna learned quickly that upon a diagnosis of autism, you are thrown into a whole new world where you are put into a role of advocacy that you necessarily didn't ask to sign on for. Through her research for her own child, she wanted others to benefit from her findings to make their journey a smooth one. Her mission through her website, radio program, books, articles, and various projects is to arm those around the globe with resources, knowledge, faith, hope, courage, strength, and positivism. Most importantly, she wants to let people know that autism is treatable and recovery is possible. She believes once autism is introduced into your life, you can face anything. Shauna knows this is what she was put on this Earth to do, it is simply God's plan. Visit Shauna's site @ www.togetherinautism.org and she can be reached @ Together in Autism.