Category Archives: Special Education

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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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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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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Two Little Girls

Today I am at a District Student Services Training for Special Education Teachers and others, which is hosted in the multipurpose room of one of our elementary schools. There have been marvelous conversations and dialogues around supporting diverse learners, building … Continue reading

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Supporting Diverse Learners: Visual Notes and Other Perspectives

I have a social hangover… I am spent… I haven’t yet been able to get to the place where I feel caught up, but like I shared in my previous post – it has been an intense, but positive, couple … Continue reading

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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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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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Perspectives on Perspectives… Musings and more…

I am presenting at the Student Services Training Day in my own school district this week. I have been given the honour of putting together the keynote address and will open with H’s presentation ‘Dear Teacher: A Letter from H’ … Continue reading

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Welcoming Dissent… Self-advocacy, the communication hierarchy, and rethinking tone

My thinking and learning around the ideas and concepts of self-advocacy is being nudged by the work I am doing supporting educators in their inquiry projects in a Graduate Program entitled, Supporting Diverse Learners. I have been explaining the importance … Continue reading

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Autism and Thoughts on Written Output: Infinity Blade II… A review by H

Please note: This post has two sections: the first is H’s review, the second consists of an examination of written output for H and others who process differently. H is trying to teach me how to play “Infinity Blade II” … Continue reading

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