Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?
The Dimino family resides in Belton, Missouri (suburb of Kansas City). It includes Joe, Carrie (lovely wife of 6 years), Zen (12-year old brother) and Miles (5). Joe is an IT technician by day and a visual artist, videographer/photographer and writer at all other times. Carrie is a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an avid reader and a skilled writer. Zen is entering middle school this fall and is excellent in both karate and soccer, along with being a very avid fisherman. Miles is going to be in Kindergarten and he loves to swim, play and make art. Our entire family is very close and thrives off the time that we all have together to do a host of things whether in the house or on a run. Carrie and I are conscious advocates for Miles in the autism spectrum and very involved in both of our boy’s lives.
How did you find out about the My Baby Rides the Short Bus, anthology?
My wife, Carrie, follows an Autism support listserv out of Lee’s Summit, MO and someone posted a notice to submit a story for a new book that would be released in the Fall of 2010. From there, I began crafting a story that my wife embellished and made into a workable slice of work that appears in the Short Bus book.
How did you choose to submit “Watching My Son Grow: An Illustrated Timeline from Birth to Three Years Old?”
I really believed in the overall project of shedding more light on parents that live with both Autism and the Autism Spectrum on a daily basis. To weave together an anthology of stories that share the tragedy and triumph of daily life in both a raw and clever ways ultimately swayed me. Overall, I’m not shy about being a proponent and advocate for my son and the Autism Spectrum. I find that every effort a parent or family touched by autism only makes it more plausible for folks to understand and help the momentum of passing needed legislation to assist families tackling high expenses in conjunction with therapy and other needs.
Miles has been going to the doctor a bit more this year and he’s really taking a shine to it. In fact, he has been telling us lately that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. On a recent trip to the doctor’s office, he was ecstatic to get a pic with one of his doctors. Enjoy …
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