Author Archives: Leah Kelley

About Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Parent, Speaker, Social Justice Activist. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & neurodiversity paradigm. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814

Love more loudly…

Wednesday morning after the US election my sister, Michelle, shared: “What I will tell my children this morning…?  It’s not enough to be kind and believe in the good. We must love more loudly. We must make inclusion thunder. We … Continue reading

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Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture, Identity and Transition

Sooooo… I have registered to attend  Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture, Identity, and Transition (High School, College & Career) on October 22, 2016: an exciting conference being organized and hosted by Bellevue College’s Autism Spectrum Navigators, a program … Continue reading

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Hell’s Gate and The Pumpkin Toss

Last night, on the night before Thanksgiving, we carved pumpkins. Yes, you heard that right! And today we travelled up the Fraser Canyon with our good friends – five of us in all.  We each had a pumpkin, that would … Continue reading

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You, yes you, need Autistic friends

The following is a guest post by Neurodivergent K  of  Radical Neurodivergence Speaking Intended audience: parents of Autistic kids. Though obviously everyone needs Autistic friends. So your child was just diagnosed with autism. Breathe. Breathe deeper. Relax. It’ll all be … Continue reading

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Proud to be Myself: An Autistic Person on Garry’s Mod

I got home late from work today, lugging my books and bags and laptop and some likely-less-that-healthy Chinese food for H and me to have for an easy dinner, as Craig had a gig. H greeted me at the door … Continue reading

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Holding Space as Acceptance, Love, and Self-care: One year later…

I haven’t written as much on my blog in this last year. I have been busy writing – just not so much in this place. I have been working to shake up my little corner of academia, but sometimes I … Continue reading

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Disability Day of Mourning: The Loss of Innocence

A few weeks back I asked H if he would like to attend the ASAN Vancouver Disability Day of Mourning Vigil with me on March 1st, at the Woodlands Memorial Gardens in New Westminster, BC. He asked what the vigil … Continue reading

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“Stop…” A Poem: Disability Day of Mourning 2016

                Today I share this poem, originally published in June 2013, to witness and remember the lives of Disabled people killed by their parents and caregivers…  Stop..   Stop   These words of … Continue reading

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Why can’t we all get along?!?

I am 100% in agreement that the stigma and ableism perpetuated by groups and organizations like The Mighty are harmful to the Disability Community, because they are misrepresenting ableism as advocacy. There is much action afoot to have The Mighty … Continue reading

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Meltdowns and the Lens of Ableism

Meltdowns – from the other side… Many, many months back Colin Bowman and I began a conversation in the comments section of one of my posts (Yours, Mine and Ours: Autism, Self-Advocacy and Setting Limits). This interaction has been resonating … Continue reading

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