Category Archives: Neurodiversity

Dear Mr. Fassbender: All You Really Need to Know You Learned in Kindergarten

Note: This post is written in response to the BC Minster of Education, Peter Fassbender’s, CKNW radio interview regarding the labour dispute with the public school teachers of British Columbia (BCTF). Today I took part in a live-tweet response during … Continue reading

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The Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Lending Library: Interviewing Lei

Hand in hand with speaking out and taking a stand for social justice and human rights, there is an opportunity to explore and celebrate amazing things that are happening within Disabilities and Autism communities.  There are many people creating new … Continue reading

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Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance #EducateSesame Street

It has recently been announced that Sesame Street intends to partner with Autism Speaks to create programming for children, which is definitely not a positive move for reducing stigma for Autistic people. Please sign and share this petition urging Sesame … Continue reading

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Everybody and their Frog: Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance has just published the first issue of a wonderful new magazine, and everybody is reading it!! And it is not expensive. In fact it is free, and you can get a copy to … Continue reading

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My Plan B is… Stick to Plan A!!

This past week was the marking of the third year of this blog… no fanfare needed… because there is so much work that needs to be done. And I am busy – so busy – with working at my wonderful … Continue reading

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Advocating: Love not Fear!

H just shared with me: “In Tales from the Darkside from 1983 – there is one episode where there is a monster in this boy’s room, and he advocates for himself and tells the monster ‘Hey this is my room’ … Continue reading

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Stop… and Rail Against Stigma!

“Stop,” a poem about the damage of negative stigma for Autistic people and those who love and support them, was originally published here, and was written in memory of Alex Spourdalakis… and far too many others… I am ready for … Continue reading

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The Great Chicago TASH Adventure

I am sitting now in the airport, awaiting my flight home to Vancouver via Portland. It is a welcomed quiet; an empty space to pull together my thinking and reflect upon the many ways I have been nudged and influenced … Continue reading

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I am H: This is Autism

H is proud to share this image. I love his PRIDE! Rail against the stigma!! Last Monday, Autism Speaks told the world that autism is:  . . . living in despair  . . . fear of the future  . . … Continue reading

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Fear, Hate, and Exclusion: It’s time to silence Autism Speaks!

I will begin with the words of my son, H, when he was 13: “I am not a tragedy and autism is a part of who I am. Mom – autism means I think differently… and that is a good … Continue reading

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