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. 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

Expressions of PosAutivity #AutismPositivity2014

So excited to announce… (insert drumroll) The Third Annual Autism Positivity Flashblog on April 30th, 2014!! Join us in honouring diverse forms of communication and in celebrating Autism Acceptance and we will once again flood Google with positive messages about Autism.  … Continue reading

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Age Appropriate??? The Third Glance on Play and Toys

My friend E wrote this wonderful piece and has generously given her permission for me to publish it here as well.  I love E’s message for so many reasons, one of which is the self-understanding and strength amplified in her … 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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On the Streets of Philadelphia

This happened in Philadelphia… In solidarity with the AutismHWY.com Chalk Festival… I may or may not have had accomplices… (Okay – well – I did… but I am protecting their identity…) _________________________________________________________ 30 Days of Autism is a project designed … 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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Uncomfortable… So what?!?

I have been thinking about how often we are uncomfortable with feeling uncomfortable (which I cannot help but note is ironically circular in its very definition), and that I have observed and experienced the inherently powerful and positive opportunity that … Continue reading

Posted in Autism, being wrong, discomfort avoidance, Handling Change, handling discomfort, listening, Loud Hands | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Papa, the Shillelagh, and a head in the clouds….

As I was growing up, I recall my mother often seemed practically concerned about my fanciful ways and ideas, and my tendency to have my head somewhat ‘in the clouds.’ My mother might be considered a bit of a worrier, … Continue reading

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Liquid Man – A Poem of Acceptance #StopCombatingMe

If you follow my blog you will know my family lives in Vancouver, Canada – and it may appear that we are removed from what happens with bills and acts and legislation in the US – but the reality is … Continue reading

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Autism, Empathy, and The R Word

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
I have to tell you that my son, H, loved watching a somewhat irritating internet show called ‘Fred’ – which I think is rather much of a sensation with the early teen or…

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Exterminate Hate… Doctor Who Style!!

Happy Valentine’s Day from H ♥  ♥ Check out the Love Not Fear Flashblog The flashblog is open to autistic individuals as well as parents, family members and allies of autistic people. Share what “Love Not Fear” means to you. … Continue reading

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