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Adelle Purdham

Adelle Purdham is a writer, teacher, speaker and advocate for those of differing abilities. After graduating with an Honours B.A. in French and Psychology from Western University, she was admitted to teacher’s college where she earned her Bachelor of Education with Distinction. 

 Adelle taught French for three years before staying home the next six years to raise three daughters. During that time, she earned a Graduate Certificate from Humber College’s Creative Writing by Correspondence program, where she was fortunate to work on her first manuscript alongside Canadian literary icon M.G. Vassanji.

Adelle has given talks sharing her story to groups of women, educators, parents, college students, and professionals, as well as published various articles in newspapers such as The Toronto Star, The Hamilton Spectator, and The Burlington Post. She has met individuals with Down syndrome and experts in the field from around the world, many of whom are contacts she established while traveling to two World Down Syndrome Congresses, in Scotland and India respectively.

You will likely find her reading a book, writing her life story, out for a run pushing a stroller, or hiking through a forest with a toddler on her back in the vicinity of Georgetown, Ontario where she currently lives.