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When I was dragged into the world of disability by my eldest son, I was forced to confront a lot of new and uncomfortable truths – truths about people, about society, and about myself. I couldn’t stay who I was … Continue reading

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Stand-down, Suspension, Exclusion, Expulsion; what do they mean and what are your rights?

A reader (and friend) recently asked me what rights someone has in New Zealand when they want to challenge a school’s decision about what to do about a student’s behaviour. In particular, she wanted to know about the processes and … Continue reading

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When and how to tell him he’s autistic?

There was a time that I thought I’d never have to deal with the question, of when and how to tell my son he is autistic, since his autism was so severe that it got in the way of meaningful … Continue reading

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Discipline and Autism

How to discipline, and not discipline, your children, is a topic that every parent has had to think about and form an opinion on. It’s been a very public topic throughout my adult years – with ongoing debates about laws … Continue reading

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When you find out your child has autism (or indeed, any special needs condition), and are coming to terms with that new reality for yourself and your family, you are guaranteed to also find yourself wading through a sea of … Continue reading

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