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The problem at the heart of Doug Ford

  I’ve already written more about the Ford brothers on this blog than I wish I ever had to. I’ve written specifically about the issue of Doug Ford’s appalling comments and actions in relation to The Griffin Centre. I’m volunteering for a city councillor and the election is less than 3 weeks away. My parents […]

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ableist language

Five things to consider before using ableist language

  In this post I’m openly going to discuss problematic language so please, if you find ableist or profane insults triggering, then you might want to skip it entirely. I’m on twitter a lot. In fact it’s how I met my partner 3.5 years ago and it’s also how I know a lot of the people […]

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Rob Ford and Pride Doll

Pride in Toronto – why we all deserve more than the Fords

  I’m not a political blogger so I didn’t expect to be writing about the Fords again. In fact my previous post regarding Doug Ford’s egregious comments about, and treatment of, autistic residents at The Griffin Centre was one more than I ever expected or even wanted to write. Yet here we are and I’m feeling the need […]

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Owen and his communication device (iPad mini)

Our picnic adventure – an AAC tale

  I know I’m woefully behind on my AAC posts. I promise I will share our monthly word lists with you as soon as I can…probably while the boys are in camp and I work on putting more vocabulary in Owen’s app. Despite the fact that I’m behind on that too Owen has continued to do […]

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Thank you Doug Ford and fawning media; you endanger my autistic children

  I spent the Victoria Day long weekend alternating between being angry about Doug Ford’s bigoted and hateful statements regarding the Griffin Centre and being heartened by the response I was seeing to those statements. On Monday I tweeted this:   Don’t tell Doug Ford but I took my #autistic kids out of our home […]

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Brain Jump with Ned the Neuron by Kizoom

STEM education: app review of Brain Jump by Kizoom and giveaway of a robot kit

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and what better way to celebrate than to focus on how important STEM education is? Well, how about a review of a fun science app and a giveaway for a cute and cool STEM education project? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and I think parents should be doing whatever […]

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Great app deal: Speak For Yourself – 50% off TODAY ONLY!

  TODAY ONLY: the AAC app Speak For Yourself is 50% off – $99.99 instead of $199.99. Normally I only do a great app deal post if I can personally vouch for the app being terrific. In this case, I don’t yet have a copy of Speak For Yourself but people I respect say wonderful […]

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Kid in Story Book Maker

Giveaway for Kid in Story Book Maker!

  Act quickly – this giveaway for Kid in Story ends on Sunday night because the app codes expire on Wednesday! One of my favourite apps for creating social stories is Kid in Story Book Maker. I wrote a review of it here. The crux of my review: There are more apps to create social stories […]

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financial supports for disabled people in Canada

Financial supports for disabled people in Canada and their families

One of the things I have been most frustrated with in terms of trying to access services and supports for my autistic children is the lack of a ‘one stop shop’ for information. It’s not that the information isn’t out there, it’s that there is so much of it – wading through it all to […]

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day of pink

5 reasons why the boys and I supported the International Day of Pink

  April 9th is the international Day of Pink, so yesterday the boys and I wore pink shirts. Well, to be exact, I wore a shirt that had a lot of pink in it – best my wardrobe could come up with at short notice. If you’re not familiar with Day of Pink, it started in 2007 […]

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