Category Archives: inclusion

Special Educators are doing amazing things: The IASE Conference and Vectors of Autism

I am completely exhausted… but in a good way! Last week I attended and participated in the IASE (International Association of Special Education) Conference in Vancouver, Canada. There were people from more than 40 countries, and what an honour it … Continue reading

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Inclusion and Autism… leaning in

Today at the Inclusion BC Conference, I had the opportunity to meet Paula Kluth, and hear her keynote address about inclusive practices in education. Her message is powerful and one that I embrace: Inclusive education is the foundation upon which … Continue reading

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Appreciation for my school district and colleagues

I have to send a shout-out to my school district and colleagues for their wonderful reception and response to my keynote address for our Student Services Training Day. I love presenting, and do so rather often – but today was … Continue reading

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TASH Conference Keynote and a fortress of chips: H Rocks his Advocacy

In front of the entire conference stood a 14-year-old boy. He’d eaten little during lunch – perhaps it was nerves – but more likely it was the lack of anything the least bit palatable or familiar to his tastes. However, … Continue reading

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Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

There was another first for our 13-year-old this week. We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning School to update his Individual Education Plan (IEP) and for the first time ever H was there to take part. He … Continue reading

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Busy… Thinking about Perspectives

This past Friday I had the honour of speaking to my colleagues at the BCTELA (BC Teachers of English Language Arts) Provincial Conference. It was exciting to share my presentation entitled:  Perspective-Taking and Social Understanding Through Story: Literature based activities … Continue reading

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Aaaack!! Are we Thankful? Autism and the Family Dinner Party

Originally posted on Thirty Days of Autism:
Navigating sensory issues, social stress and anxiety for children on the Autism spectrum can be a challenge at any time. However, I was recently asked by a parent for some tips or suggestions…

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Included: A Poem

_________________________________________________________ 30 Days of Autism is a project designed to promote social understanding and offer a glimpse into the perspectives of those whose lives are touched by Autism. © Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)

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The Amazing Arizona TASH Adventure: A Roadtrip with H – Part 1

After a long day of traveling from Vancouver, Canada, H and I are now settled into our hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. We had some great conversations – and discussed the not knowing all of the details – and how that … Continue reading

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