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Living Library 2022


Queen of Chaos, Mistress of Mayhem: The Persistent Challenge of Wrangling an ADHD Brain 

I am a neurodiverse person, who along with both of my children live with ADHD. ADHD is a widely (and wildly) misunderstood disability, and all too often, those who have ADHD are dismissed as being unmotivated, disorganized, and erratic. Managing this disability within the education system, and as an educator in a realm where student disability is accounted for but instructor disability is unexpected, at best, is challenging. I would love to be able to share my story as a way to generate better understanding and awareness of what ADHD actually is, and how it might be better approached in the workplace and education system. 

 

Tuesday 3-4PM

 

Wednesday 1:30-2:30PM

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"Why Don't You Go to School?" Reflections of a Homeschooled Child and CyberStudent  

This speaker has a very unique perspective on education, having attended public school from Kindergarten to Grade 3, homeschooled from Grades 4-8, and attended an online school from Grades 9-12. Hear from her about her experience of systemic and community discrimination against homeschooled students (the police were watching her house at times!), her foray into online education years before COVID, and her adjustment to attending a traditional university - and how her experiences helped to prepare her for it. She will dispel some of the myths regarding homeschooled students (not all former homeschoolers are socially awkward and she obtained her Bachelor's degree with distinction!), describe advances that have resulted in improvements for homeschooling families, and discuss how even children attending public and traditional schools can incorporate some homeschooling activities. 

Monday 3-4PM

 

Wednesday 3-4PM

Fool Prescription

The sudden diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder in 2017 in my late forties opened a door on seeing how the culture of my communities can be an oppression against healing within a mental disorder. At the same time, theater clown training provided compassionate armour to step boldly through that door. Come on a walk, we'll talk.

Monday 1030-1130AM


Tuesday 1030-1130AM


Wednesday 1030-1130AM


Where are you from?

Being a visible minority born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, I have always struggled with and questioned my personal roots. Are my roots from some unknown land or this place I know? I'd like to share my personal history and conflicts of identity in my youth and how it has shaped my growth into the confident and outspoken supporter I am now. My insecurities have been turned into motivations, for better and worse, and dictate many of my choices each day.

Monday 1:30-2:30pm

 

Tuesday 1:30-2:30PM