Tag Archives: self-advocacy

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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I am H: This is Autism

H is proud to share this image. I love his PRIDE! Rail against the stigma!! Last Monday, Autism Speaks told the world that autism is:  . . . living in despair  . . . fear of the future  . . … Continue reading

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Autistic Pride Day 2013

THIS…  1000000000 x this! _________________________________________________________ 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, (2013)

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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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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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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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The link between self-understanding and self-advocacy

I can get very excited about the topic of self-advocacy. I am supporting H in his journey, but as I support his learning there are a number of things I have been pondering… Opportunities to develop self-understanding: I think part … Continue reading

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Strengths, Stretches, and Autism: More Lessons from the Thrift-Shop

H and I are the same in many ways: we don’t really like shopping or malls but we love the thrift shop with its lure of the find and the potential of treasure. Buying H’s clothes there means they are … 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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