Author Archives: Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

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

Dysregulated: Excavation and Big Feels

I am sad and oh so dysregulated. In some ways I don’t feel like I have a good reason – not when I compare what is going on for me with what so many others are currently experiencing in this … Continue reading

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Untethered and Shiny Things

I have been so absent in this space for so long as I have been busy writing my dissertation. So yes I have absolutely been writing – just not here. I am finished that now and working on writing new … Continue reading

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Holding Space

“As adults we must hold space for young people, and nurture their sense of identity and caring for the world, so that there is room and opportunity for all their wild and wonderful imaginings… and so they can make the world their own.
The future is not really ours to be imagined – it belongs to our children…”

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Resistance

Sometimes I barely keep breathing winded gutted witnessing the pain and trauma of friends neighbours fellow humans Sometimes the next breath seems impossible sucked away by horror intensity hopelessness And yet… it comes the next breath in and out The … Continue reading

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On the ABLEISM of Participation Marks

I was recently involved in an online discussion that has me considering that the common practice or focus on participation is often stacked against people who might participate or engage differently. When I encounter a situation where I am graded … Continue reading

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Counting… The Day of Mourning and the Disability Clothesline

By Emma Van der Klift On March 1st of every year for the last three, a small group of activists – mostly activists with disabilities – have gathered together at Woodland’s Memorial Gardens in New Westminster, BC. The Gardens are … Continue reading

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Toward the River: A Poem of Hope

Toward the River… Toward the River I saw the bird-tipped tree written strong against the smoke-faded hills and sky Living paintbrushes witnessing entwined as silhouette amidst destruction desolation resting there holding space and promise for tomorrow Leah Kelley February 23, … Continue reading

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Electronic Resources: Arizona TASH 2018

Links to information, visuals, and other resources: Hierarchy of Language Prompts When – not if Communication ‘The Tone Hierarchy’ Limit Setting In this House Conference Support Cards Friendship and Relationships: You, yes you, need autistic friends: A guest post by … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fringes: A Short Film by Alex Kronstein

 I don’t know if you have had the opportunity to check out the work of Alex Kronstein, the ever-wonderful curator, creator, and host of the The NeurodiveCast.   Alex’s podcasts offer an alternative way to access information from a wide range … Continue reading

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The Neurotypical Wife: Welcome to Las Vegas

I was reading another hilarious post by The Neurotypical Wife and I requested, “Please – oh please – do you think it might be possible that this could be made available in a graphic or a letter that I could … Continue reading

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