Epilepsy Awareness Day

My personal experiences with seizures and idiopathic epilepsy I am not currently diagnosed with epilepsy, but I did struggle with idiopathic seizures in my mid-twenties (idiopathic essentially means they don’t know how or why they started). Unfortunately, being a young female with mental health issues and unexplained medical problems often leads to doctors and other medical professionalsContinue reading ” Epilepsy Awareness Day”

 Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children

Anybody else’s school have rules about not letting the kids jump in puddles?   How ridiculous is that?   Send an email home asking parents to send extra clothes with their kids and let them PLAY.  This morning I happily dug out my son’s rubber boots so he could splash in puddles at recess. WhenContinue reading ” Convenience Shouldn’t Outweigh the Needs of Children”

 Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces

Apparently further explanation is required My recent article, Autistic Appreciation, was shared on a popular advocacy page, one that I really like. It’s run by neurodiverse and disabled people for neurodiverse and disabled people. The article was shared using one of the images which was embedded further down. It was surrounded by extensive context and well-researched explanations for why IContinue reading ” Why We Are Not Puzzle Pieces”

Sleep Issues in ADHD & Autism

March 14–20 is Sleep Awareness Week Sleep disorders are extremely common in neurodiverse individuals, so I want to share specific information related to sleep issues in autism and ADHD. Approximately 20% of the general population experiences difficulty with sleep. Up to 80% of people with ADHD or autism have insomnia or other sleep issues. ReadContinue reading “Sleep Issues in ADHD & Autism”

The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Funding

Children whose parents complain the loudest get what they need while others go without When my son was seriously struggling at school, he was being treated poorly and his needs were not being met. As the school year progressed, so did the phone calls, emails, and meetings. Supporting my son and his school took upContinue reading “The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Funding”

I Discussed ADHD On National News

ADHD Education Report Card Reflection The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) recently put out a policy paper entitled 2021 Report Card: ADHD in the School System. This paper a 10-year follow-up to a similar report the CADDAC shared in 2010. In response, I and representatives from other agencies were interviewed by CityNews for our perspectives on supportingContinue reading “I Discussed ADHD On National News”

Anti-Bullying Articles & Resources

Stories and articles about bullying prevention and support Today is pink shirt day, a day intended promote awareness of bullying, spark conversations about bullying, and increase programs intended to prevent bullying. Programs don’t work. Programs are nearly always a bandaid solution. What works is a full-scale school and division-wide culture change, and fundamental changes in pedagogy,Continue reading “Anti-Bullying Articles & Resources”

My Top Articles of 2022 Thus Far

In celebration of reaching three thousand followers on Medium Thank you, fellow Medium readers and writers, for supporting my writing. In celebration of reaching 3 thousand followers this week, I have compiled my 10 most popular articles for January and February 2022 to make them easier to find. I’ve also added to each of them, soContinue reading “My Top Articles of 2022 Thus Far”

Excelling As Entrepreneurs

Stories about work life, entrepreneurship, and neurodivergence Neurodivergent people often feel like square pegs people try to push into round holes. We are unique, a little (or a lot) different from the typical majority. When we’re younger, we often perceive being different as a negative thing. Many of us want badly to fit in, orContinue reading “Excelling As Entrepreneurs”

The Pain of Internalized Stigma

February is National Inclusive Education Month I shared this story with the previous Education Minister and received nothing but a form email from his office assistant in response. Now I’m sharing it with all of you, and with our new Education Minister, MLA Wayne Ewasko. By sharing this heartbreaking story, I hope to prevent otherContinue reading “The Pain of Internalized Stigma”