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

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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Roughing it in The Beast!

Last summer, when we were getting the insurance for our wacky old motor home, we had a chance to see this beast through H’s eyes. He announced, “A motor home is way cooler than a fannypack…” So ya, a motor … Continue reading

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Considering 50: Trajectory of Development, Independence, and Accidental Unfoldings

Often birthdays are a quiet affair at our house, which is just fine with me, but this October marked my 50th and we ushered it in with a wildly fun Elton John themed party. Seriously, for people who are pretty … Continue reading

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Easy Silence: I am still learning to communicate

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
I was once working with a child on the autism spectrum… (not H) and this opportunity had me considering, I mean really considering, what it must be like to be him. He had…

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Sharknado 2: A Review by H

Last night me and my mom watched Sharknado 2: The Second One, and we were really impressed with it. I loved the beginning how it was a take off of the 6o’s Twilight Zone, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, and how … Continue reading

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Sharknado in the Mailbox! Dear Anthony

Dear Anthony C. Ferrante and The Asylum, I got your package and your letter in the mail today. I opened it with a shark’s tooth because it is the only way. I was expecting just Sharknado posters but I found … Continue reading

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Chalk it up to Activism! #BoycottAutismSpeaks

So, some people may wonder why I do this activism stuff with my son… and some might even think that it would be better to shield him from what Autism Speaks says about Autistic people. If I thought for a … Continue reading

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Talking with crows: A Sensory Break

Since H was very young I have made a bit of a habit of handing him my camera on long drives, or when he needs a break or is feeling overwhelmed… or when he points out something of interest. This … 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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Voting “yes” – because I trust you… #bced

Yup… Voting ‘yes’ and that vote is not saying that I think this is a good deal… because it is not… But it is better than I think we would get if we were legislated back… and I trust, respect … Continue reading

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