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Publications

Anthologies:

“The Giving Tree”, edited by Jen Sookfong Lee & Stacey Vowels, Good Mom On Paper (Book*hug Press, May 2022)

“Untethered”, edited by Lisa Browning, Animals and Our Emotional Wellbeing: Personal Stories About Our Best Friends and Their Impacts on Our Lives (One Thousand Trees, 2021)

“Turning Down Syndrome Into Art”, edited by Penizen collective, Bad Artist anthology, (TBD, 2022)

Books:

Here We Are, Happy: a memoir (in progress) 2013 – Present

I Don’t Disability and Other Lies I’ve Told Myself: in essays (in progress) 2020 – Present

Magazines:

Empowering Women Writers: The Write Retreat, Stories, October 2021

The Wonder of Words: Second Language Learning for Individuals with Down Syndrome, 3.21 Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, Fall 2021

Like It’s Your Business: Building Entrepreneurial Skills Into Everyday Life, 3.21: Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, Summer 2021

You and Your School: Starting the year off right, 3.21: Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, Fall 2020

Home Sweet Home: Your Summer Staycation, 3.21: Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, Summer 2020

A World of Possibilities: globetrotting with Elyse, 3.21: Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, Spring 2020

No Holding Back: living life to the fullest with our daughter with Down syndrome, Grey Bruce Kids, Spring 2020

What I See When I Look at my Daughter with Down Syndrome, Broadview Magazine, November 4, 2019

Online Media (Guest Blogs):

On Writing Retreats, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, October 12, 2021

Dear New Parent Whose Baby is Hospitalized, Beyond the Beads, February 2021.

Ode to Oreo: Loss, Grief and Down Syndrome, Katiejameson.ca guest post, March 2020

When Educators Underestimate My Child with Down Syndrome, The Mighty, February 24, 2020

How We Frame the Message of a Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis Matters, The Mighty, July 30, 2019

Yes, My Daughter With Down Syndrome Can Learn a Second Language, The Mighty, June 17, 2019

Freelance (Additional Projects):

ISAND Founding Story: Toward the Light

Defect, commissioned completed book proposal, 2021

Podcasts:

Adelle Purdham: Writer, Teacher, Speaker & Advocate for Those of Differing Abilities, Beyond the Beads, Episode 8-1, September 2021.

Adelle Purdham, Author and Parent – Back to School: COVID Edition, The LowDOWN: A Down Syndrome Podcast Podcast, Episode 2-1, September 2020

Radio:

La trisomie 21 au-delà des différences, CBC Radio-Canada, March 21, 2018

Some Parents Facing Challenges Enrolling Special Needs Kids Into F.F.L. Schools, by NewsTalk 1290 CJBK, August 18 2016

Talks:

A World of Possibilities”, The World Down Syndrome Congress, Dubai, 2021 

“The Power of Our Stories”, The Writer’s Union of Canada writer-in-the-school program, forthcoming, 2021

“Stories to Mend the Heart,” Canadian Down Syndrome Society Conference speaker, Victoria, B.C., 2019

“A World of Possibilities”, Speaker at various schools (daycares, elementary and secondary) and colleges (Humber and Sheridan College), as well as to various groups (church and rotary) with my friend Special Olympian Emily Boycott, educating about Down syndrome, empathy, kindness, and the power of our stories, 2012 to Present

Interviews:

The Today Show Halton, The Disability Channel, writing life TV interview with self-advocate Julia Romauldi, 2021

Les défis de la pandémie pour ceux qui vivent avec la trisomie 21 et leurs familles by Isabelle Gobeil, Radio-Canada, Ici Toronto, March 2021

Pandemic prompts fear that people with disabilities will be deprioritized for lifesaving care, by Jack Hauen, QP Briefing, April 3, 2020

Host:

Working with Pain, featuring Alison Tedford, Word Vancouver Literary Festival 2021

Diversity & Disability: Building Imaginary Worlds to Confront Issues of Social Justice, featuring Amanda Leduc & Jael Richardson, Word Vancouver Literary Festival 2021

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