Change in the autism blog world, too

With so many other things in the country changing these days, I guess it should be no surprise to hear of changes in the autism blog world, too.

Last November, advertised a part-time blogger position to manage its autism portal. Important note here: has no relation to the Obama-Biden transition team or the website In fact, was talking about change even before the Obama campaign coined the word. is a social entrepreneurship venture based in San Francisco, CA. The company was founded by Ben Rattray in the summer of 2005, and with the support of a friend from Stanford, Mark Dimas, and a founding team of Darren Haas, Rajiv Gupta, and Adam Cheyer, launched the first version of its site in 2007.

The ad for the new blogger ran like this:

Previous blogging experience is a plus but not required; we’re most interested in someone with passion for autism activism, excellent writing skills, and the drive to lead an online community of like-minded people working for change.

A blog called Left Brain/Right Brain – Autism News and Opinion reported that’s ad worked well:

I doubt very much if were quite prepared for the utter deluge of applications that hit them. I have it on good authority that applications ran into the thousands and has been by far the biggest launch have held.

On January 1, announced who they had hired: Kristina Chew and Dora Raymaker.

Kristina is a Classics professor in Jersey City, New Jersey, a blogger (formerly at Autism Vox), a translator (of Virgil), and an advocate every day for her son, Charlie.

Dora is committed to improving quality of life for individuals on the autistic spectrum–including herself!

Though I am not yet familiar with Dora Raymaker, I have been following — and admiring — Kristina Chew’s Autism Vox blog ever since we started our autism blog here at Easter Seals. Now I’ll be adding another blog to my list — I send Kristina Chew all good wishes at her new post on


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