With the advent of a wheelchair as my primary mode of movement, I wondered whether I would ever get back into the wilderness again. And then we did.
These 7 Principles of Universal Design benefit every body, across the life span, regardless of level of ability - while simultaneously creating spaces that can be incredibly accessible to those with disabilities.
Welcome to a fantastic journey - one you never asked for, signed up for or (probably) trained for. As much as it feels that your world has come crashing down around you, or that you can't possibly handle this, the truth is more complicated than that. The truth is that there will be high's and lo's to this journey that you may only be able to appreciate down the road. The truth is also that you already have the one key ingredient for success: you love your child.
This article was published in The Mighty on July 2, 2019. In the land of the undiagnosed, doubt carries a weight like no other. The doubt of the doctors. The doubt of friends and family. The self-doubt we carry inside of ourselves — the doubt that colours all of our decisions, complicates all of our actions, undermines all of… Continue reading Finding Grounding In the Face of Doubt and Uncertainty
This post was first published on 'The Mighty' March 11, 2019, but I always like to repost my writings here as well. https://themighty.com/2019/03/disabled-parent-disabled-children/ I’ve spent my entire life in the disabled world, so I’ve seen lots of personal stories about living with a disability and what that’s like, and I’ve seen lots of stories about people’s experiences… Continue reading 4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Disabled Parent of Kids with Disabilities
There is a lot of conversation right now in Ontario about autism and about autism therapy. IBI and ABA have pride of place in the autism therapy world, and I know many parents and families who have seen remarkable results. That option needs to remain open for parents and families, and needs to be funded to… Continue reading Autism, Cat-munication and Joining
It's been a while since I published a blog post. I'm still alive and kicking, but I've had a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head and I have been taking some time to sit, think, reflect and process them (whilst dealing with a medical crisis or three in our family!) What's been kicking… Continue reading An Open Letter To My POC and LGBTQ+ Activist Friends …