To A New Special Needs Parent As My Eldest Leaves For University

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.

Finding Grounding In the Face of Doubt and Uncertainty

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 ofContinue reading “Finding Grounding In the Face of Doubt and Uncertainty”

4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Disabled Parent of Kids with Disabilities

This post was first published on ‘The Mighty‘ March 11, 2019, but I always like to repost my writings here as well.  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 experiencesContinue reading “4 Lessons I’ve Learned as a Disabled Parent of Kids with Disabilities”

Autism, Cat-munication and Joining

What do you do when you realize your child has Autism but your research listening to #ActuallyAutistic folks leads you to think that ABA and IBI isn’t a great option for your child? For parents looking for something better, joining can be a powerful alternative. I participate actively in a number of parenting message boardsContinue reading “Autism, Cat-munication and Joining”

An Open Letter To My POC and LGBTQ+ Activist Friends …

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 kickingContinue reading “An Open Letter To My POC and LGBTQ+ Activist Friends …”