October 2010 Blog Posts (6)

Cultural Decision Making

A first-time author learns a lot at an International Festival of Authors. For example, that a hospitality suite exists on the Penthouse Floor of our hotel. It's always open, serving coffee, fruit and biscuits all day. At night, multiple bottles of spirits, wine and beer appear for anyone who cares to relax with a drink. The view is fantastic and the conversation is even better.

One morning last week, I was sitting in the hospitality suite enjoying the morning newspaper with a cup of…


Added by Donna Thomson on October 31, 2010 at 5:14pm — No Comments

"My Son is not Ready for Inclusion"

Last night, I heard these words from a neighbors daughter. We met for the first time although we had each heard about the other. We both have third grade boys who are on the autistic spectrum. Three years ago, when we first moved th the neighborhood, it seemed as though her son was "higher functioning." According to his grandma, he was conversational and relatively well behaved. My son was not. He could communicate basic needs and had a large vocabulary, but seldom answered a question with…


Added by diane linder on October 26, 2010 at 7:56pm — 1 Comment

Taking the PAIN out of CSR

My son Nicholas has an odd shaped protrusion just under the right side of his ribcage. You can see it if he's lying on his back - we joke with him that it looks like he swallowed a hockey puck! This piece of hardware in Nick's abdomen is actually a computerized pain pump. Every five weeks or so, we go to the National Neurology Hospital in London where a nurse empties a syringe of muscle relaxant and spinal anaesthetic into a rubber port in the pump. The needle doesn't hurt too much, because we… Continue

Added by Donna Thomson on October 16, 2010 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Social Acupuncture

How does power in relationships work? This is a question that has always interested me. For my graduate thesis in Theatre Education, I looked at the work of Augusto Boal – the Brazilian theatre maker, political activist and social experimenter. From him, I learned to use "Forum Theatre" to help Ottawa children understand how to stop bullying. Later in London, I participated in workshops at "Cardboard Citizens" , a unique London-based theatre company using Boal techniques with and for people who… Continue

Added by Donna Thomson on October 16, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments


Hi Everyone!

I am a parent and author of a new book titled The Four Walls of My Freedom.

Have a look at my blog: www.donnathomson.blogspot.com

I'm having trouble uploading photos and images on Inclusion Network for some reason, but for now, here's a link to my book launch event (with John Ralston Saul who wrote the book's foreward) at Harbourfront, October 23 at 2pm:…


Added by Donna Thomson on October 16, 2010 at 6:24am — No Comments

Link to my blog


I enjoy telling stories about lives that work. All are welcome to comment or add links to stories.

Added by Diana "Dee" Katovitch on October 2, 2010 at 8:42pm — 1 Comment

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