Twitter was first introduced to me as a social networking website/application, unfortunately I was unaware of the beneficial resources it provided. For the past two weeks I have been researching the hashtag #Autism. I am using Twitter’s website and mobile application, as well as, Martin Hawksey’s, TAGS Searchable Twitter Archive. The archiving program allows me to observe all of Twitter’s activities involving the hashtag #Autism.
During my research I have discovered that Twitter can not be viewed solely as a social networking website. Hashtags on Twitter allow multiple individuals, who are invested in the same subject content, to create communities with active participants and members. #Autism has wide array of participants, therefor, there is a vast amount of information, resources, and support. As my research continues I will try to discover the true importance of Twitter, and the hashtag #Autism. I will also try to determine evident differences between the other hashtags associated with Autism.
In this state of my research I have found three prominent Twitter organizations, that have sparked my research, and currently seem to offer the most essential resources and positive influences: @AutismNewsNow, Autism Life: @Autismword (who has the most tweets using the hashtag #Autism), and @KidConnectionZ.
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#Autism is a hashtag on Twitter, that has developed into an online community, constructed of diverse followers with a specific interest. “The National Autistic Society,” is an online organization that uses this hashtag to provide support, important articles, and discussion forums to members of the community.
During the summer I work as a para-professional, for a high school student with autism. From this experience I observed the positive influence technology can have on a student’s educational success; therefor, I have implemented the iPad into my lesson plans. I was recently introduced to the professional aspect of Twitter. Which lead me to discovering the hashtag, #Autism. There are autism experts, doctors, students, teachers, and parents tweeting key ideas for working with autistic children. Thanks to Twitter and the hashtag #Autism, multiple experienced perspectives can be found on the same news feed. As an elementary education major, I know I will be faced with teaching an inclusion class at some point in my career. The hashtag #Autism is a tool to help me prepare for that class. Not only can the hashtag influence my future success as a full time teacher, but it can positively shape my job in the summer. There is a vast variety of material tweeted, from a wide array of followers. Which means that there are multiple tweets every minute. I have a read many articles on autism, so I have some knowledge of the material/text. Though, there are still a few tweeted articles with too much professional jargon to understand. I personally feel that in most cases the simple worded explanation from a mother who has an autistic child, is more beneficial than the 10 page article posted by a doctor. The hashtag’s accessibility lies with the direct communication of information to a specified audience. The variety of followers, increases the success of the hashtag, as well as, the chance to find an answer/solution.