Category Archives: Advocacy

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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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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And Then You Cry ‘Victim’

When Autistic adults are ignored or gaslighted or tone policed and told they “shouldn’t be so angry” or they are “not like my child,” then the opportunity to learn from the real autism experts is missed. It may not be … Continue reading

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Forward and back…16 years of Ausome!

This fabulous young man turned 16 today… It was a day of looking back and looking forward… a low-key, laid-back day with very few demands. In reality, today was a sort of culmination of small birthday events that have been … Continue reading

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Leaning into my Hypocrisy

Sometimes the things I know to be right and true, the things I aspire to, do not come easily to me in the tired-out end-of-the-day moments. Those are the times when I may not be at my best: my patience … Continue reading

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ASAN Vancouver: Protesting Autism Speaks #boycottAutismSpeaks

Last week H and I made our way into the big city to attend an ASAN meeting with the newly founded ASAN Vancouver Chapter. (ASAN = Autistic Self Advocacy Network) H was pretty quiet during the meeting, and was creating … Continue reading

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Ken Bramble: Connecting the Dots in #bced

Some may wonder why a blog that is generally about Autism would be so closely focused on matters of public education of late, but the reality is that these matters are connected, and there is an unquestionable intersectionality between social … Continue reading

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Appreciation on the First Day of School: #Iwillholdtheline

So the first day of school in BC this year – a time that is usually exciting and feels full of possibility – is little different from most… Picketing is not the most promising start to the school year… but … Continue reading

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#VectorsofAutism: The Live-tweet Storified

Yesterday Laura and friends live-tweeted Vectors of Autism: A documentary about Laura Nagle which can currently be viewed online here. It was spectacularly well-received and created such a wonderful feeling of community. We were tweeting and connecting well before the … Continue reading

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