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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: On Embracing Change

We’re moving. Today. Four strong men pulled up in an enormous truck this morning and right now I can hear them talking quietly and gasping as they haul sofas and tables down the hall.We bought this house in 1991 just before Natalie was born. Nicholas’ … . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: On Embracing Change

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the PC Election 2014 Platform: No Adult Autism Care, More Harmful Forced Classroom Inclusion of Severely Autistic Students

The PC Plan for New Brunswick does not include any provisions that will help severely autistic students or adults, the same people who have been harmed by PC policies during the Alward-Porter-Carr administration.  In fact the the Platform brags about the Gordon Porter-Jody Carr harmful, discriminatory, inclusion remake and is silent on the . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Autism and the PC Election 2014 Platform: No Adult Autism Care, More Harmful Forced Classroom Inclusion of Severely Autistic Students

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Inclusion Done Right: Conor at Leo Hayes High School Resource Centre

Pictures above and below: Inclusion done right at Leo Hayes High School Resource Centre Pictures courtesy of Steve at the LHHS Resource Centre

Inclusion done wrong is inclusion as advocated by Gordon Porter of the CACL and NBACL, and the current Conservative government which has very close ties to Mr Porter and . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Inclusion Done Right: Conor at Leo Hayes High School Resource Centre

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Dutch Village – Prison or Paradise?

There’s a story about Hogewey, a village in The Netherlands that’s gone viral on social media recently.  It’s a closed village (ie. it’s got walls around it and there’s an air lock system to get in and out).  The residents are people with advanced dementia or Alzheimer’s and their carers.  In this village, shops . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Dutch Village – Prison or Paradise?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor Countdown Continues In Support of FLEXIBLE, EVIDENCE BASED Inclusion

The Conor Countdown continues, as Conor gets up each day at 6 am and changes the number reflecting the number of days until school resumes. My son Conor, and his autism disorder disability,  have been well accommodated in schools here in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.  He has benefited both from the assistance of . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Conor Countdown Continues In Support of FLEXIBLE, EVIDENCE BASED Inclusion

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: CBC Inclusion Interviews: What Did Smith and Carr Mean By Inclusion?

CBC’s Terry Seguin conducted two very good interviews with outgoing NBTA President Heather Smith and EECD Minister Jody Carr over the last two days.  However, neither of Terry’s guests gave a clear definition of what they meant by “inclusion“.  The only clear definition of inclusion offered by the current administration is one provided . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: CBC Inclusion Interviews: What Did Smith and Carr Mean By Inclusion?

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NBTA Acknowledges Education Department’s Obsession With Inclusion Philosophy

The New Brunswick Teachers Association has spoken up … sort of … about New Brunswick’s extreme inclusion philosophy.  The NBTA to its credit  acknowledges, finally, that inclusion is a philosophy not an educational plan as stated by outgoing NBTA President Heather Smith at a meeting of delegates from around the province.  Smith also . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NBTA Acknowledges Education Department’s Obsession With Inclusion Philosophy

Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism Society New Brunswick Invitation to Premier Alward, Ministers, Opposition Leaders to Attend ASNB AGM

February 7, 2013

Dear Honourable Premier Alward,  Honourable Ministers,  Respected Leaders of the Liberal, NDP and Green Parties of New Brunswick You are all respectfully invited to attend the 2013 annual meeting of the Autism Society New Brunswick scheduled for March 23, 2012 commencing at 12:30 at MacLaggan Hall, UNB Fredericton.  The . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Symptoms in New Brunswick: Autism Society New Brunswick Invitation to Premier Alward, Ministers, Opposition Leaders to Attend ASNB AGM

calgaryliberal.com: Calgary-Centre: The Day After

It has been a wonder of a campaign. For the Harvey Locke campaign the Liberals doubled their support from 2011 (going from 17% to 32%) and sent a message that Calgarians were willing to give the Liberals a crack at representing them. It was a 4% spread… . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Calgary-Centre: The Day After

Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Bribery! First Shave & Haircut for Conor THEN Back to So Called "Segregated" School

Conor Shows Off His New Shave and Haircut Nothing wrong with bribery if it helps us get Conor to sit still for a shave and haircut!  That’s what happened this long weekend when I bribed Conor to accept a shave and haircut by indicating first shave and haircut then back to school, the school . . . → Read More: Facing Autism Disorders in New Brunswick: Bribery! First Shave & Haircut for Conor THEN Back to So Called "Segregated" School

calgaryliberal.com: Creating Winning Conditions for 2016

There are several things that need to be done for a Liberal government in 2016 in the province of Alberta. It’s a trifecta of issues and all, ultimately, comes back to building a connection with our different communities in Alberta. The main three issues are that there are material deficits in the party, firstly; secondly, . . . → Read More: calgaryliberal.com: Creating Winning Conditions for 2016

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Hey Claire, I Bumped Into Yude Hentelleff Today at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre Inclusive Education Conference in Fredericton!

L: Yude  M. Hentelleff, C.M., Q.C., L.L.D. (Hon.)     R: Harold L. Doherty  at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre Inclusion Conference Crowne Plaza Fredericton-Lord Beaverbrook, June 14, 2012 

THE FULLY INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM IS ONLY ONE OF THE RIGHT WAYS TO MEET THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD (NOTE: Apparently . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Hey Claire, I Bumped Into Yude Hentelleff Today at the Atlantic Human Rights Centre Inclusive Education Conference in Fredericton!

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Do NB Teachers Really Think About The Porter-NBACL Full Inclusion Model?

What do New Brunswick teachers really think about the full inclusion model  which has been pushed relentlessly in NB schools by Gordon Porter and the New Brunswick Association for Community Living since the mid-1980’s? The truth is many teachers recognize that extreme, everyone in the regular classroom inclusion does not work.  Teachers know . . . → Read More: Facing Autism in New Brunswick: What Do NB Teachers Really Think About The Porter-NBACL Full Inclusion Model?