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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 the NBACL According to them inclusion  means that ALL children, including those with severe disabilities like my son Conor MUST be educated in the regular classroom.  This is a philosophical belief held by Gordon Porter and those who follow, in a cult like fashion, his teachings.   (Read more…)

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 have goods but no cashiers.  Nurses have no uniforms and accessibility is the norm.  It is an environment designed to provide maximum freedom as well as support to those made vulnerable by their cognitive impairments.

When I first read this article, I thought of the 60′s (Read more…)

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 education aides and resource teachers trained in the UNB-CEL Autism program and by placement, at our request, outside the regular classroom for his ABA based instruction.  His placement is not segregation in the sense of the racial segregation which once prevailed in the American south.  His (Read more…)

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 by the Alward administration’s inclusion mentor Gordon Porter. It is a definition of inclusion which Minister Carr has not disavowed and one which is at odds with the New Brunswick government’s policy statement which defines inclusion as evidence based and based on a student’s best (Read more…)

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 acknowledged that the education focus during the past year has been  on the Porter Aucoin Report with all “professional development” focused on inclusive education.  Smith, in a recent Daily Gleaner article by Tara Chislett,  also talks about the need for more resources without identifying any of those resources. (Read more…)

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 meeting will be open to anyone in New Brunswick affected by or with an interest in autism spectrum disorders. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States currently estimates that 1 in 88 persons will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The primary diagnostic . . . → 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 he loves so much. A school where he receives what the extreme, everybody in the mainstream classroom, ill informed inclusion ideologues deride as a segregated school. Conor accepted the shave and haircut. I handled the shave. Mom handled the haircut. Conor loves his so called . . . → 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, [...]

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 the CACL has removed Mr. Hentelleff’s paper from their website) Presented by Yude M. Henteleff, C.M., Q.C.to theC.A.C.L. NATIONAL SUMMIT ON INCLUSIVE EDUCATIONOTTAWA, ONTARIONOVEMBER 24, 2004 Imposing a standard, namely that . . . → 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 this but they are afraid, for good reason, to speak up while they remain employed in New Brunswick schools. Speaking up and openly criticizing  the Inclusion Illusion would be detrimental to their careers and livelihoods and they know it.

Full inclusion, as defined by Gordon Porter, means

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