Category Archives: Activist

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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The Teacher’s Kid – It’s not what you think…

I had the opportunity this evening to enter into a discussion with a colleague: a fellow teacher who is also the parent of a five-year-old Autistic son. So as we talked this man commented, “It is great that you are … Continue reading

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Self-Care is Resistance!!

I have been thinking about the incredible endurance and perseverance of people who are fighting for human rights, for themselves and for others… Activism is gruelling, slogging, hard work… and it is seemingly unending. It can be hard to step … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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H: ‘Not an Impostor’

H and I recently co presented as a part of the training for the summer staff of our local Community Living/Inclusion organization.  This was a really fabulous experience for a number of reasons. The openness of the staff to considering the … Continue reading

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