“Teresa and her family are making a difference in the world and are doing what makes them feel joyful. Their products are so insightful, positive, and overall, works of art!”~ Kathleen Rooney
NEW! Interested in an overview tour of the website?
COME RIDE WITH US!
A Magic Carpet Ride: teresahedley.ca
Join me and Erik as we take you on a magic carpet ride through the website, highlighting resources for caregivers and professionals, including videos and presentations by Erik. Buckle up…and when you’re ready, click the magic carpet to begin. Let’s go!
“I just love the overall feeling I got after watching [this]. I felt so…like everything was going to be okay…so uplifted and inspired and comforted…and just taken care of in a really cool way!”~ H.H.
I’m glad you’re here!
I invite you to explore this site, room by room. You’ll find a collection of writing, conversations, reflections, creations and collaborations—about autism and about the human experience.
As you browse, you will also notice quotations—from readers, from colleagues, from the memoir and from our family collection of guiding lights. To me, this is what makes What’s Not Allowed truly a collaborative journey: it is inspired by many. Yes, it takes a village.
You will also notice artwork throughout these pages. These colourful animations are the work of my son Erik, and they are his contribution to our autism article series—“I Have Autism and I Need Your Help.” Each sketch appeared in Autism Matters magazine to illustrate something we were trying to share or explain. Enjoy.
Audio clips also appear throughout this website. I invite you to sit back and listen to an excerpt from What’s Not Allowed? or from “I Have Autism and I Need Your Help.“
My desire is that this website and the advocacy projects you discover here—presentations, podcasts, programs, audio clips, articles, quotations, videos, webinars and tip sheets—serve as a resource for parents, families, educators, practitioners or anyone who would like to learn more about autism. This collection is ongoing, very much “a work in progress.” ~ Teresa
What’s Not Allowed? A Family Journey with Autism
. . . is my first book. Here’s what endorsers are saying. . .
“Pure brilliance. . . Often funny, yet serious at its root, this book is a portrayal of how love and compassion overcome percentiles and projection.”
Colonel, OMM, CD, Director Military Family Service, Canadian Armed Forces; Ottawa, ON
“I highly recommend this book. Teresa is a gifted storyteller. . .overall a masterful blend of humour and authenticity.”
Canadian Parliamentarian and international autism advocate; Edmonton, AB
“There are a lot of lessons on these pages for all of us, and we can benefit from considering them and acting upon them.”
former anchor and chief correspondent, CBC’s The National; Stratford, ON
“Thank you to the Hedley family for inviting us to see the world through the complex and intriguing lens of autism.”
Canadian Parliamentarian and astronaut; Montreal, QC
“What’s Not Allowed? is a shining testament to people with autism being—as Temple Grandin accurately says—“different, not less,” and it will inspire readers to feel society is capable of changing for the better.”
OT, International Speaker, Consultant, Author; Victoria, BC
“This book not only educates, it inspires.”
MA,CCC/SLP, Build The Brain; Dallas, Texas