School is geared for the masses. If we want an inclusive society and promote education as a right, then students should be taught in a way that supports and accommodates their development. FASD is not recognized in our school system as a condition that qualifies for support, be that an Educational Assistant (EA) or Child … Continue reading 2020 Wishes for My Daughter and FASD: #4 Recognition in the School System
Making Political Leaders Aware A few weeks ago my daughter and I participated in a local All Candidates Meeting for the upcoming Provincial Election in Ontario. We were joined by some new friends we have discovered through social media and our advocacy work on behalf of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Voters were provided with … Continue reading Dear Politicians: Adults In Crisis Waiting for Developmental Services
The Ontario Ombudsman released a report Nowhere to Turn in August 2016. It was the result of an investigation into the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities. At the conclusion of the Report are 60 recommendations to address the current state of services for this segment … Continue reading Nowhere to Turn for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
What we say matters! “You’re in the dog house.” . Source: Literal Language Interpretation - #FASD #ASD and the Other Ds Guest post from Ann Yurcek When I tell my daughter she is in the “doghouse”. This is what she thought. I did not say that she is in TROUBLE. For my kids with special … Continue reading Literal Language Interpretation – FASD ASD and the Other Ds
I gave the crone (my mother) a small bouquet of tulips on her birthday. One morning while having coffee with her she said how much she really liked the one that was "different" from the rest. She thought it was the most beautiful and special of the bunch. She said it reminded her of the … Continue reading Different is Beautiful
Once again this year my 17 years in age daughter is asking to go out for Halloween. I struggle between letting her do what she is excited about and still interested in and the "you are too old" that I was told when I entered high school. But I was a neuro-typical teen. At 14 … Continue reading Acceptance for All this Hallows’ Eve
Today was a fun day - a mother daughter day. We started out the day on a mission to find a pair of red sneakers for the maiden. We will be somewhere special tomorrow and will be walking more than 9 kms in one day - so she wanted to join in and wear some red shoes. We had … Continue reading Day 7: Kilometre 7 Looking for new for Red Shoes Rock. Stop FASD.
Today is another scorcher, with humidity, here in Eastern Ontario. The kilometre walked was early this morning. Not too many people outside. Then it was a quick water of the garden. The plants are wilting in this heat. The weather and being in the garden gave me so many metaphors to the experience of living with someone … Continue reading Day 6: Kilometre 6 (all over the map and brain) in Red Shoes Rock. Stop FASD.
Took my red shoes to The Big Apple in Colborne today. Where is Colborne from where you live you wonder? Today was going to be a kilometre spent at an Open House for a Turtle Sanctuary. My boyfriend was here and I thought it would be a great activity for us to do with the … Continue reading Day 5: Kilometre 5 (Big Apple Day) in Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD
I signed up at the beginning of September for Blogging 101 - because I wanted to become a better blogger - and like the rest of the things I seem to want to do, it is on the back burner while I attend to yet another parenting challenge. Be forewarned that this is not a … Continue reading A Post Not For the Timid