Category Archives: self-advocacy

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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Doctor Who and St. Nick: What my child needed for Christmas

H woke up early this morning…“It is Christmas, Mom! C’mon… get up!” Then quoting Mr. Scrooge he added, “I don’t know what to do! I’m as light as a feather, I’m as happy as an angel, I’m as merry as … Continue reading

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Wright vs Right: Autism $peaks is Completely Wrong

Please stand with the autistic community and those who love and support them… Please visit the change.org Petition to the Corporate Sponsors of Autism Speaks. Please sign and share widely, along with the other the links at the bottom of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts, changing colours, and the TARDIS

I have been thinking so much… and at the same time… writing far less than is the norm for me. I have too many partially completed projects that are pulling me in different directions.  There is just so much rattling … Continue reading

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H’s Advocacy and The Teachers’ Response

Those of you who follow Thirty Days of Autism likely know that H co presented with me at the BCTELA Provincial Conference (BC Teachers of English Language Arts) this past weekend. You can read more about that here and here. … Continue reading

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Making a difference… and in good company

This week H will be co-presenting with me at the BCTELA (British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts) Provincial Conference. He says he feels good about doing this -  as do I. It is going to be wonderful adventure and … Continue reading

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Cultivating Advocacy: Understanding Neurodiversity and Strength-based Perspectives for Educators

On October 25 I will be presenting at the BCTELA (British Columbia Teachers of English Language Arts) Provincial Conference. This is a fabulous opportunity to share with educators the voices and perspectives of Autistic people – via the documentary ‘Vectors … Continue reading

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Profoundly Logical: I didn’t hear you

In exasperation: “Hey H, I already asked you to do this!” “I didn’t hear you…” “I know… that is why I am mad!” “I can’t hear you because I am not hearing you.” (pause) “I didn’t hear you because I … Continue reading

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Rhodes on the Road

I want to tell you about a young man today – not H – but another equally amazing kid. I suppose he is not really a kid anymore – as he is 17 and well on his way to adulthood. … Continue reading

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H at 14 and 30 Days of Autism celebrate ’1000 Ausome Things’ #AutismPositivity2013

Today H asked me about “Autism Positivity” and about the purpose of the flash blog. After I answered in some detail, explaining the premise and the intent, he summed it all up rather neatly: “Oh, I get it, Mom… Autism … Continue reading

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