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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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Preoccupation with another layer of autism stigma: Crap…this goes deep!

I have been preoccupied with the ideas of self-advocacy lately. I am so motivated to delve into this – to understand more about the developmental components and the building bricks that will support the skills of advocacy.  I know… I … Continue reading

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I am in Arizona… but I can’t figure out my own system!

I’m heeeee-ere!! I have arrived safely in Arizona!! I’m very excited about the next few spectacular days surrounded by wonderful people sharing amazing perspectives at the Northern Arizona Autism Conference! Hmmm… Do I sound enthusiastic?!? I am rather enthusiastic!! Tomorrow … Continue reading

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Beyond Awareness and Irony: Autism is for life…

The title of my previous post Thirty days and counting… Autism: Day 4,711 was meant to be ironic. To me this was amusing in that it was poking fun at my own intent with this blog by pointing to that … Continue reading

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Perspectives on friendship and other-ability: Country Mouse and City Mouse (via Thirty Days of Autism)

I have been considering the way in which my son, H the Country Mouse, relates to his friend, City Mouse. They have known each other for almost seven years… since they were both diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. They are … Continue reading

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Skeleton of Hope: building the diversity mosaic

This little blog of mine wasn’t really a planned venture. I had no idea what I was doing and no experience with blogging, but on the evening of March 29th, 2011, I decided I would take the leap and write … Continue reading

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Perspectives on friendship and other-ability: Country Mouse and City Mouse

I have been considering the way in which my son, H the Country Mouse, relates to his friend, City Mouse. They have known each other for almost seven years… since they were both diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. They are … Continue reading

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Approximating typical: navigating the label “high functioning autism”

School can be a difficult place for children on the Autism spectrum. It can be particularly tricky for those who approximate typical, who seem almost to be like everyone else. These are the children who are sometimes referred to as … Continue reading

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The benefits of dial-up and the sketchy internet connection

Today I am not going to curse the bandwidth (or lack thereof) of the internet connection at my present location. I am going to connect with Craig, H, and Finnegan the Labradoodle, hang out, go for a walk, and possibly … Continue reading

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Understanding Autism: if I didn’t have you…

I wrote this poem when I was completing my Master of Education (MEd) with a focus  on supporting educators in understanding the experience of students with autism. This writing represents a growing awareness that we should not be judgmental when … Continue reading

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