Be the Change… Vectors of Autism at the SFU Alone Together Film Festival

Lately I have been so busy – I can hardly tell which side is up. I mentioned I was too busy to blog to my friend Ariane at Emma’sHopeBook and we brainstormed a few ideas. Here is a depiction of our best collaborative effort:

                 Too busy to blog – but I’m still here!!!

                          PS. Please comment freely!!!

But really?

Did you think I could stop there??

Um ya… about that…   Less is definitely NOT more!

This post might not be terribly witty, eloquent, or well crafted – but I am convinced that it is by taking action and DOING that we will make change in this world. Hence, and probably not surprisingly, I do have some other stuff to share.

So here is what has been keeping me busy:

I am back at work, after a lovely summer, and although I said goodbye to that freedom with some regrets – there was also a longing for the structure of routine that work brings.  Certainly, it is a stressful time of year – but I love LOVE my job supporting students and their families with special education needs.

Last night I met with an inspiring group of teacher researchers at the university. I am starting my second year of mentoring/working to support these educators in their teacher inquiry projects in a Field Studies Graduate Program: Supporting Diverse Learners. What’s not to love about that!

Last week I was honoured to be a guest speaker at our local autism society, where I gave a presentation on IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and Effective Advocacy. A shout out to them and appreciation for the wonderful work they are doing in our community.

AND… *insert drum roll*

The spectacular film Vectors of Autism: a documentary about Laura Nagle is an ‘official selection’ of the Simon Fraser University Alone Together Film Festival. The screening will take place this coming Saturday, September 22, at 7:00 – 9:00 at the SFU Surrey Campus Theatre.

I am so proud to be a part of this project. I can hardly keep my socks on!!

For those of you who might live in Vancouver or the Lower Mainland – I extend an invitation to this free event and would love to see you there!!

Here is a link to more information about the festival:  

If you are unable to make it to the screening you might want to consider purchasing this powerful film from the Vectors of Autism link above. It’d make a fabulous Christmas gift, or a useful addition to your school’s resources. Act fast: for a short time there is a special deal to get a SNARFLY t-shirt as well.

Be the change…


30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.

© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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11 Responses to Be the Change… Vectors of Autism at the SFU Alone Together Film Festival

  1. coyotetooth says:

    And here I am with an away sign posted just helping a gentleman enjoy a holiday . . . Wait, what’s that? Oh, ya, that’s the seaside calling me. Keep up the great work!!!


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Ah… yes! Except that I know a little secret about that, ‘Yote! You are supporting this gentleman in going on his first ever vacation, and opening doors of possibility! That is a beautiful thing!! (Sorry to blow your cover and disturb life in the den…)


  2. Yay Leah! Here’s to being overwhelmed, not having enough time to balance everything, things falling through the cracks and posts saying “I’m still here!” Oh and really love the “Please comment freely!” What brilliant mind came up with that?? Hehe 😀 So here I am commenting, um.. yeah.. freely!!
    Great news about Vectors!! Woohoo!! And also great news about your presenting, I’m sure you were fabulous.
    Glad you outed old wily ‘yote ⬆ or I would have had to. We can’t let him get away with that sort of thing…
    Sending you love and hugs, because you and I like that sort of thing..


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