n this episode, I talk about the language of autism. The existence of an Autistic Lexicon helps establish Autism as a cultural identity. I discuss terms such as Changeling, Asperger's, Aspie, Autist etc. This includes a breakdown of why Hans Asperger sucked. I also talk about the social model of disability versus the medical model.
The conversation began as responses to an article posted by the Associated Press @AP (https://apnews.com/article/canada-67da8a8af88efc91e6ffc64630796ec9?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow ). The article was about the 751 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school (boarding school) for Indigenous children in Saskatchewan. Key questions are whether graveyard served entire reserve since school is located on reserve, population … Continue reading Deaths at Residential School Were Not Unpreventable
This letter is intended for Premier Scott Moe, but I have made it an open letter so anyone who cares to read it will be aware of what has been done to my community of Lone Rock, Sk. Mr. Scott Moe, I have emailed you previously on this issue and was sent a response from … Continue reading An Open Letter to Premier Scott Moe Upon the Occassion of the Callous Destruction of My Community
Not having effective strategies to cope with the trauma I encountered in my classrooms has impacted my teaching career more than any other issue I have faced. In 2005 Rice and Groves defined trauma as "...an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope." "Trauma is real." … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Teaching/Trauma Inducing Classrooms
Recently I began to listen to Angela Watson's podcast, Truth for Teachers. Each episode I listened to had valuable information and advice, but Episode 114: Seven Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome was the one that made the most significant connections to my own experiences. Many people have experienced moments where they felt like a fraud. I … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being
I wrote this as a sample essay for my students, and I liked it so much I decided to share it. The formatting isn't perfect, but you'll get the drift. As the building block of our bodies, DNA has been thought to be permanent and unalterable. Recent studies have revealed this not to be the … Continue reading Indian Horse: Inter-generational Trauma and Resilience
I wrote this review as a sample for my students. I liked it so much, I decided to share it with all of you. The question of who should be telling certain stories is being discussed throughout the creative world. One might understand how people who've always had unencumbered freedom to pursue telling any story … Continue reading Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature
It's starting to feel like another day, another article or media piece to be frustrated with. Maybe this is a sign of my increasing awareness, and unwillingness to let things slide. Awhile back I read a piece in The New Yorker called Seeing The Spectrum: A New History of Autism by Steven Shapin. The art … Continue reading My Eyes Aren’t Mirrors
Do they honestly believe there are only a handful of books written by marginalized writers that are remotely worthy of publishing? Do they not realize marginalized writers not only have to compete against everyone else, but also have to fight to be seen among other marginalized writers?