25 Ways to Make Homeschooling More Accessible

Previously I wrote an open letter to the homeschooling community about how there is a widespread lack of support and accommodations for disabled homeschoolers in general. Many people commented in support of the piece, adding that they had had similar experiences, and some even said that they had simply resigned themselves to being excluded. However, there […]

The Importance of No

CW: Compliance training, mention of abuse. Compliance is a word that many autistic people and parents of autistic children automatically associate with behavioral therapy such as ABA, but in fact a lot of everyday parenting and teaching hinges on behaviorism with compliance as a goal. Sticker charts for various tasks or for “good behavior,” withholding privileges […]

Performing

Performing. How did they perform today? How was their performance? They are performing better than expected. They aren’t performing like their peers according to this graph. Performing and performance, children are constantly being assessed, evaluated and tested. Are they reaching milestones ? Are they behaving like peers? Did their sibling read at this age? Are […]

Neurodiversity Paradigm Parenting FAQs

I am a parent to autistic children, and am also autistic myself. In my day to day life, I meet other parents of autistic children. Parents are often immensely ableist, seeing their autistic children through a lens of deficits and pathology-based behaviours, and viewing the very concept of being autistic as a kind of ‘something […]