I want to introduce you to my son. Five feet seven inches with dark chocolate skin, even darker eyes, and the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he has something to say you can tell he has carefully chosen his words. He feels deeply; he’s the child who, […]
Sometimes, freedom is the only thing you need to make a difference. Not hours of occupational therapy. Not thousands of dollars of interventions by professionals to change behaviours. Not the stress of spending each week driving to multiple appointments. Not buying trademarked packages of interventions to get in early and change them hard […]
It’s rare for parents to respect their autistic children. Many believe they are respectful; but if you believe that your child is disordered or damaged, how respectful is that really? I live by the Neurodiversity Paradigm. It’s a base of thinking that involves the deep respect of neurodivergent people (which includes autistic people and other […]
Acceptance is not a one time thing. At least it hasn’t been for me. It’s like travelling from the surface of yourself, down, down, through deeper and darker layers of who you are and what you believe. Accepting my autistic son’s behaviours and honoring his needs is not a one time thing. He leads me […]
Strangers saying they’re sorry when they hear my children are autistic. Acquaintances telling me what a good parent I am just because I love and accept my children. A society that is scared of my children because they move, communicate or experience the world differently.
We all have many aspects to our character that make up part of our identity. We have identity defining characteristics associated with gender and gender roles, our interests, employment, family situations, the culture we grew up in, our financial status, and our perceived value in society. Most of these characteristics are assigned a value of […]