ANI-L is divided into five sections, defined by the TOPICS keyword.
The three main sections are AC:, DR:, and PA:. The VP: and CO:
sections are used for high-volume, narrow-interest bursts of posting
activity. All sections except PA: are designated as "AC-oriented"
sections, that is, their content is determined by what ACs on the list are
interested in discussing.|
The section designated by the AC: topic is for peer support and for sharing of personal experiences and concerns of interest to autistics and cousins. This is also the "autistic playground." Often a thread starts in the DR: or PA: section, and leads to an exchange of fixation-oriented or perseverative play among ACs and friends. When this happens, the "play" thread should be moved to the AC: section.
The section designated by the DR: topic is for discussion of disability rights, political and advocacy issues of interest to autistics and cousins. This is primarily a "learning" section where people who are interested in these issues can learn more about them, and can find out about opportunities to develop and practice advocacy and self-advocacy skills. For the most part, people participating in this section are NOT trained and experienced advocates prepared to get involved in helping other individuals with their personal advocacy problems. It is not reasonable to post requests for list members themselves to get involved in problem-solving for other individuals. Most of us are not ready to take on this kind of commitment. Some of us are already overcommitted in advocacy and activist activities. It is appropriate for people needing help with individual situations to post a brief description of the situation and a request for information about where they might be able to go to seek help. List members may be able to suggest places to go to look for legal information or for trained advocates. (And if someone does happen to be ready and willing to get personally involved in an individual advocacy situation, he or she can volunteer after reading the brief-description-and-request-for-information post.) It is appropriate to post announcements about, and invitations to participate in, group activism activities not requiring extensive training or long-term commitment, such as demonstrations or letter-writing campaigns.
The section designated by the PA: topic is a Parents' Auxiliary for discussions of interest to parents and other family members. See the "Special Information About The Parents' Auxiliiary" message for detailed information about this section.
The VP: topic is the Virtual Party room. It is used for fun social exchanges that are of interest to the people participating and watching, but that are so high-volume that they may overload the mailboxes of people who can't log on and check their mail frequently. The VP: room is used under two main circumstances:
The CO: topic is for making plans about conferences and other face-to-face gatherings that a number of list members plan to attend. This is the place to discuss things like travel arrangements, sharing rides or rooms, places and times to meet, and similar issues that would not be of interest to people not planning to attend the event. Conference-related posts that would be of interest to others, such as reports about the content of sessions at a conference, should be posted in one of the main sections. General announcements to notify people about upcoming conferences and events should be posted to All:.
The address for the list is the same for all topics. All posts should be sent to ANI-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU regardless of which section they're meant for.
The topic for a message is designated in the subject line of a post. A post with a subject line that reads
Subject: AC: <subject>will be posted in the AC section. A post with a subject line that reads
Subject: PA: <subject>will be posted in the Parents' Auxiliary section, etc.
IT IS NECESSARY TO INCLUDE THE COLON AFTER THE TOPIC DESIGNATOR! Otherwise the computer will not recognize it. Blank spaces, commas, hyphens, or other punctuation marks will not work.
A post with a subject line that reads
Subject: All: <subject>will be posted to all subscribers of ANI-L.
A post with a subject line that mistakenly does not include a topic designator (including the colon) will also be posted to all subscribers of ANI-L. Please be careful to include an appropriate topic designator (including the colon) on every post.
Subject: Re: AC: I danced with a llama!The person posting the reply would then replace the "AC" with "PA." The subject line would now read:
Subject: Re: PA: I danced with a llama!The reply would then appear in the Parents' Auxiliary.
Alternatively, the person could change the reply's subject line to something new, such as
Subject: PA: DancingRemember not to re-post the actual text of the message from an AC-oriented section in the PA: section.
Similarly, someone wanting to reply in the AC: section to a message originally posted in the Parents' Auxiliary would change the "PA" in the subject line of the reply to "AC."
It is very important to make sure your posts are addressed to the correct section! Please check the subject lines of all outgoing posts before you send them, to make sure they are addressed properly.
See the "Information About Listserv Commands" message for
instructions about setting your topic selections.
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