Tag Archives: honouring

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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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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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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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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Dead TV and Opportunity

So… I just got a notification that today is the 2 year anniversary of this little project, 30 Days of Autism. And… I suppose here I shall admit that I am still enamored with the irony of my blog’s name … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness… Let’s spread understanding

At barely 14, H is already sensitive to what others are saying about autism and he often feels uneasy and personally threatened by representations of autism in the media that are framed as tragedy and epidemic. I have previously written … Continue reading

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Easy Silence Part 2: The Yin and Yang of Privilege and Empowerment

I have been reflecting on privilege… and perhaps entertaining the loss of it as we work to find our place and way to support others in the autism community. I have been raised with privilege (not riches and extravagance – … 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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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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Welcoming Your Dissent: A Poem

I am striving to listen to respond to the message I need to be welcoming to your dissent There has to be room for dissent… or the ‘yes’ is meaningless Honouring you your self-determination is not about what is easier … Continue reading

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