Boundaries are important. Both in the personal lives of the women I know, and in the life of community organizing, I've been hearing a lot of conversations recently about the importance of having them, setting them, and respecting them. But how do we do that? What does it look like to have boundaries? In an … Continue reading Four things I learned about boundaries in 2017
Until now, kindergarten to grade 3 classrooms in Manitoba, where I live, have been limited to 20 students each. Yesterday the provincial government announced they would remove the cap, and allow individual school boards to decide for themselves what is an acceptable classroom size. This isn't the first time this has become an issue in Canada. … Continue reading Larger class sizes hit kids with learning disabilities where it hurts
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's approach to mental health is completely individualist, over-simplistic and useless for most of us who struggle with anxiety, depression, and trauma. It's also not new.
There is almost nothing written about nonverbal learning disorder in adults. Almost nothing. What little there is, is written by the so-called "experts" - psychologists and the like, often about how to recognize it in adults, or tips for surviving the workplace. I have found exactly one published book written by someone with NLD. It's an invisible topic. … Continue reading I am invisible
People get uncomfortable when I mention that I have a disability. Not everyone, but a lot of people. People are totally fine with casually discussing the idea of disability rights and barriers that people face — in theory. But as soon as it's a personal issue, things get weird. Invisible disabilities are a funny thing. When … Continue reading When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable
Some friends and I have been talking lately about the ways that people with learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and mental health issues have become excluded from the social justice organizations that we have been a part of. Even in grassroots collectives and unions that strive to be inclusive and where people know how to talk about … Continue reading How to make your social movement more inclusive of neurodiversity