Category Archives: acceptance

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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Kermit the Frog on Neurodiversity and Being Green

Hi ho, Kermit the Frog here. Today I won’t tell you a little bit about Neurodiversity, and different kinds of brains, and Autistic people. Autistic people want to be a part of the conversation. They want to be included! But … Continue reading

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What the Vulture Calls Unity: #BoycottAutismSpeaks

This last week marked the release of Steve Silberman’s much awaited book, NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, as well as the publication of his Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, titled Autism Speaks needs … Continue reading

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Packing and Unpacking: Distance Education and the Social Model of Disability

I am finally packed. Gah – I am so terrible at packing… It taxes my executive function because… anticipating… and predicting… and sorting… and organizing… and planning… and DECISIONS!! So now that this is done, I will tell you about … Continue reading

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The Singing Bowl and making curtains… and LOVE!

Second half of summer… Wednesday… We’ve read some, puttered some… And now I am clearing off a bit of the diningroom table to set up my sewing machine… Our dining room table is family central. Craig and H do H’s … Continue reading

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“Code” a Poem for H by N.I. Nicholson

A few seasons later… and I am still left breathless by the beauty of these words and images. Code By N.I. Nicholson Dear H: for those of us to whom words sometimes do not easily run, saunter, or even amble: … Continue reading

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Shades of Slander: A Guest Post from Alanna Rose Whitney

The following is a guest post by ASAN Vancouver Chapter Leader, Alanna Rose Whitney. Shades of Slander By Alanna Rose Whitney Okay, so, the Autism Spectrum is legitimately a thing and there are a lot of people out there who … Continue reading

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The pathologization of interest and curiosity

As I am increasingly connected with people in Disabilities and Autistic communities, I am finding that there were things that in the past sat quite comfortably with me – that now – looking back – make me uncomfortable. I sometimes … Continue reading

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H on Acceptance, Love and Self-Care: #AutismPositivity2015

Acceptance is knowing people have your back. Acceptance feels like it is safe to be yourself. Self-care is fidgets in my pocket, stimming, long baths before bed, knowing when I need time alone, knowing my limits, welcoming my intense feelings, … Continue reading

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Holding Space as Acceptance, Love, and Self-care: #AutismPositivity2015

I think about self-care rather often it seems… though I’ll admit that if I were to define self-care as I thing I do, I don’t actually engage in it quite as regularly as I contemplate it… I think though, in … Continue reading

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