Welcome. Here’s Some Random Stuff About Me
My name is Jon Gilbert and I live in the beautiful, culturally rich city of Rutland, Vermont. For some reason, you decided to stop by here. I’m not sure what could have compelled you but, since you’re here, you’d might as well enjoy yourself — in a platonic way, for sure. Either way, though, thank you for visiting my site and taking the time to learn a little a little more about me.
For most of my life I have been a writer, and since 2008, I have been an autism advocate. I started out advocating for my son, who was diagnosed in 2007. This led me to start supporting other children, adults and families affected by autism, and then our son’s older sister was also diagnosed with autism in 2009. All of that led me to write Same Child, Different Day: One Family’s Experiences During the First Year After a Child’s Autism Diagnosis. You can check out the related blog here, if you get the chance.
Since then, I have been sharing awareness with those in various special needs and other vulnerable populations, too. However, my oldest love is writing, and I do much of my best work through special needs awareness. I have also come to enjoy social media and see this as a fantastic avenue for reaching a wide range of diverse people. As an extension of the written word, I use public speaking to advocate, as well. Sometimes there is no substitute for face-to-face, and experience has taught me that it’s harder to say “no” to a smile one can see.
The life of a writer can be eclectic. I don’t just mean the writing, either. Life, itself. While trying to secure one’s self as a credible scribe, one must often endure all manner of unrelated jobs/careers/tasks/chores/sidelines/hobbies. That’s where I’ve found myself. I’ve been a customer service representative, a bell hop, a soldier, an education paraprofessional; you name it. Some of these endeavors have found their way into my writing; others, not so much. But this broken road has shaped me, and, obviously, has brought me to this point.
Today, I’m actively engaged in the attempt to make writing my only and final “career move.” As you read this and my other blog, “Our Journey, Our Way” (or my “closed” blog, “Same Child, Different Day“), you will learn why I have never been able to fully commit to this direction. My circumstances have changed, and I am now able to pursue the one thing that I have always both loved and sought after. Along the way, your advice will be instrumental.
With maintaining the two blogs I mentioned above, I also just finished the treatment to a play called What Cricket Knows, and am now working on the script. I’ll keep you in the loop with that. In the meantime, perhaps you can find some diversion on my original blog “Peanut Butter and Mustard,” too.