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Hi there, thanks for joining us and welcome to another episode of Popular Padagaji, where we try to bring big ideas in teaching and education to life.
I'm your host, Chris Carlton, and this podcast is being brought to you by the Faculty of Education at Queen's University.
Welcome to our podcast. In this episode, I am excited to be speaking with Dr. Patty Douglas, who is an Associate Professor of Disability Studies and the Inaugural Chair in Student Success and Wellness in the Faculty of Education here at Queen's University. We will be discussing neurodiversity affirming practices.
and how it can help your students and enhance your personal pedagogy. Patty's research focuses on reimagining educational practices and care in neurodiversity affirming ways through critical, decolonial, and creative research. She is the director of Restoring Autism in Education, a multimedia storytelling project that brings together autistic students, family, and educators in Canada, England, and New Zealand To rethink education in ways that desire the difference of autism.
She's currently publishing her book on mothering autism, ethical disruptions and affirming care with UBC press. Patty is also a former special education teacher in Ontario and British Columbia. She identifies as neurodivergent and is a mother of two sons, one of whom is autistic. Patty, welcome to our podcast.
Thanks so much for having me here. I'm excited to come and chat with you today.
I am so excited as well. Um, Patty, as I was reading through your Queen's profile and all the other things I found online about you that just, uh, said accolades of your research, um, I noticed the focus on neurodiversity affirming practices and especially regarding restoring autism in education, which really caught my eye.
I know our listeners will enjoy hearing more about it. So let's start right off and with you telling us a bit more about your research and why it's important to you.
Sure. I'll start with the story of why I'm a researcher at all. As you said, I was a special education teacher, enjoying my classrooms in Ontario and in British Columbia for a little while.