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Sesame Street, This is an Autistic Speaking

  • April 08, 2014
  • 7
BY Amy Sequenzia

Sesame Street knew nobody was missing, or lacking, anything. I was perfect! Everyone is perfect!
But in real life, as I grew older, doctors and teachers convinced everyone that I was too broken to be worthy of any effort toward education and a future. Nobody saw me the way I was seen by my friends at Sesame Street.

What Good Does Autism Awareness Do? It Doesn’t

  • April 01, 2014
  • 8
BY Amy Sequenzia

I know most people want to do the right thing and believe “Autism Awareness” helps. But it doesn’t and it is time for some blunt truths, it is past time to stop walking in circles and move forward with Autism Acceptance.

Stop Combating Me – Why I Am Against Euthanasia

  • March 11, 2014
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

Today is “Stop Combating Me” flashblog. We are not the enemy but the way legislation is written puts us in real danger.

Being Disabled and in the Hospital

BY Amy Sequenzia

Being disabled and in hospitals is always scary because our lives is not valued as the lives of non-disabled. I was, in a way, lucky but the policies still need a lot of improvement.

Love, Not Fear

  • February 13, 2014
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

Today is “Love, Not Fear” flashblog. We write about the beauty of being, living, sharing and experience Autism, an Autistic life.

A Message to Suzanne Wright and Autism Speaks

  • February 08, 2014
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

I will soon write about posAutive messages but I had to write this first. I know my rights and I will fight against oppression at the same time that I spread the messages of acceptance and respect.

Walk In My Shoes

  • January 19, 2014
  • 7
BY Amy Sequenzia

I want you to walk in my shoes Not because I want you to feel what it means To be disabled But because I want …

Hopes

  • January 08, 2014
  • 4
BY Amy Sequenzia

I might be too optimistic for the reality, but I need HOPE to be able to keep demanding the rights taken away from me, just because I am me.

Remember

  • December 17, 2013
  • 6
BY Amy Sequenzia

Between my activism and the end of the year celebrations, I want to make time to remember my brothers and sisters that can no longer smile.

Real Consequences

  • December 09, 2013
  • 7
BY Amy Sequenzia

Autism Speaks has been hurting autistics for too long. We are fighting back and we are stronger. It is time to say things like they are. This post is because I feel offended by people defending hateful speech.

This Is Autism by Amy Sequenzia

  • November 18, 2013
  • 2
BY Amy Sequenzia

Today we are flashblogging to counter Autism Speaks’ wrong view of autism. We are showing what autism really is. We speak for ourselves, even if Autism Speaks refuses to listen. The rest of the world will.

Inclusion, Communication and Civil Rights

  • November 13, 2013
  • 7
BY Henry Frost

“Learning is easy when the teacher knows you can learn. ” Henry Frost

Autistics Speaking Day – My Fingers Speak

  • November 01, 2013
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

Today is Autistics Speaking Day, a day to remind the world that we actually speak every day, even if we do it with our fingers.

How It Helps

  • October 25, 2013
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

I wrote about Presumption of Competence before, and how it is important for all of us. This time I write about how it feels and how my life changed because I was assumed to be competent.

Open Letter To Jon Stewart

  • October 08, 2013
  • 8
BY Amy Sequenzia

When I met Jon Stewart I was very disappointed by his lack of knowledge and sensitivity toward autism. During a recent interview, while still a bit condescending, his views seem to have evolved. This is my open letter to him.

More Problems With Functioning Labels

  • September 26, 2013
  • 7
BY Amy Sequenzia

Life changes and so do we. And if some still cannot care for themselves, like me, this is not a reason to dismiss us and reduce us to a pointless functioning label.
Who knows in which body the next brilliant brain resides, if opportunities are not equal?

Dear Issy

  • September 09, 2013
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

You don’t know me but I have seen your pictures. You don’t know me but I know parts of your story. Soon you will wake …

Again, We Mourn

  • September 06, 2013
  • 4
BY Amy Sequenzia

My soul hurts and I am naming names. And I am saying, if you have a drop of sympathy for the murderers, or almost murderers, you have blood on your hands too.

The Reality Behind Those Walls

  • August 31, 2013
  • 0
BY Amy Sequenzia

The Judge Rotenberg Center is recruiting disabled students in the Midwest to be legally tortured with electric shocks. Help us stop this inhumane treatment of disabled people.

I Fall and I Rise Again

  • August 20, 2013
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

My life is in constant motion So different from a few years ago Back then I could not easily climb The wobbly ladders put in …

Being Where I Can Simply Be

  • August 02, 2013
  • 6
BY Amy Sequenzia

After a three-day conference, I needed to sleep. I needed to sleep because I was dreamy, trying to keep the feeling of being in a place where I can be myself and also be a little bit like a star. Also, building community.

The Presumption of Competence

  • July 11, 2013
  • 7
BY Amy Sequenzia

Presumption of competence is more than an abstract idea. It has real and concrete effects. Here is one: it is better than a makeover.

Because I Stood With Henry

  • June 25, 2013
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

Because I stood with Henry I am happier today and you should too. Henry not only got his rights, he proved that presumption of competence should be the default for every student.

Untitled

  • June 12, 2013
  • 8
BY Amy Sequenzia

This is not directed at anyone in particular. It is about several people I’ve met throughout my life. I sometimes need to remind myself that being me means following my own agenda and not pleasing the ones who will not be part of my story.

Amy Sequenzia: Does it matter?

  • May 23, 2013
  • 4
BY Amy Sequenzia

Should it matter that some of us are labeled intellectually disabled? Read the definitions, look at us in a realistic way and ask yourself; Does it matter?
Aren’t we all worthy?

Mother

  • May 10, 2013
  • 2
BY Amy Sequenzia

This is for every person who embodies the meaning of motherhood. This is for the ones who nurture and protect, who never consider their lives more important than the lives of the ones being nourished, educated, protected and loved.

Standing With Ashley

BY Amy Sequenzia

I stand with Ashley because she is part of our community, she is brave and she survived brutality.I stand with Ashley because I hope to show her, one day, that the joy of belonging to our caring community trumps the memories of pain.

Listen Up

  • April 16, 2013
  • 0
BY

Listen Up! the PSA from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Acceptance Month has been released!

Pain in My Brain

  • March 28, 2013
  • 8
BY

The one thing in my life I would like to cure.

‘Autistic People Are’ by Amy Sequenzia

  • March 02, 2013
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

Autistic People Are   Awesome!   Autistic People are the real experts on autism.   Autistic people are not more complicated than non-autistics. Autistic people …

“Loud Hands – Autistic People, Speaking” A Review

  • February 26, 2013
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

The title of the book should be enough for anyone who wants to know, know more or know anything, about autism and Autistics to buy it and read it.

I Feel Tired

  • February 10, 2013
  • 8
BY Amy Sequenzia

Some parents understand that autism is a natural part of some children’s lives and they fight the societal attitudes toward autistics. That’s love. Some parents don’t, and they fight, and hurt, their own children. This is not love and is one of the things that make me very tired.

Autism Acceptance – Leading the Conversation

  • February 05, 2013
  • 0
BY

I want to talk about Autism Acceptance again. I want to talk about Autism Acceptance because soon we will be, again, referred to as tragedies, …

Advice from Someone Who Has Been There

  • January 21, 2013
  • 19
BY Lauri Swann Hunt

Why are people without disabilities measuring their perception of the severity of another’s autism and their right to membership and voice in the autism community?

When Autistics Grade Other Autistics

  • January 19, 2013
  • 20
BY Amy Sequenzia

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree…”We know how functioning labels are not helpful, despite being largely used by neurotypicals. But some autistics also grade members of our community and I want to understand why.

I Am Autistic and I Know What Autism Is

  • January 05, 2013
  • 9
BY Amy Sequenzia

Autism is not a set of deficits. Autism is complex and all of us can self-advocate despite the difficulties we might face. Autism is life. I am Autistic, I self-advocate and I am happy.

Autism in 2012: What We Have Done

  • January 03, 2013
  • 0
BY

Great post from Ollibean contriutor Amy Sequenzia on Autism Women’s Network.

It is About Respect

  • December 26, 2012
  • 4
BY Amy Sequenzia

Respect for one another is one basic quality if we want to have meaningful conversations and relationships with other human beings. The ableism that disabled people experience is a form of disrespect.

Amy Sequenzia: I Need to Thank Some People

  • December 12, 2012
  • 2
BY Amy Sequenzia

After “Non-speaking, ‘low-functioning’” was published, lots of people wanted to hear from me. I met so many amazing people, autistic bloggers with so much to share and the smartest people I know. Parents of autistic children also valued my words.

Amy Sequenzia: Henry’s Victory

  • November 26, 2012
  • 0
BY Amy Sequenzia

Autistic self advocate and poet, Amy Sequenzia’s thoughts on the outcome of young self- advocate, Henry Frost’s battle for inclusion in Hillsborough County.

Amy Sequenzia: I, Too, Want to Understand.

  • November 14, 2012
  • 5
BY Amy Sequenzia

Why would a parent of an autistic child decide that it is better not to listen to other autistics? Why?
I, Too, Want to Understand.

Amy Sequenzia: To You, Young Autistic Friend

  • November 01, 2012
  • 0
BY Amy Sequenzia

Autistic advocate and poet Amy Sequenzia’s message of acceptance and respect for young autistics for 2012 Autistics Speaking Day. “There is nothing wrong with being who you are. You are perfect in your uniqueness.”

Supporting Young Autistics

  • October 14, 2012
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

We hope that young autistics today will be proud of themselves and without shame. The message that boy received at that moment was the opposite of acceptance. It was ableist and it came from someone who is part of our own community.

Bureaucrats

  • September 25, 2012
  • 3
BY Amy Sequenzia

You look at me But you don’t see me You talk about me but not to me You think you know all about me But …

I Stand With Henry

  • September 12, 2012
  • 2
BY Amy Sequenzia

What Henry is doing is advocating for his rights, at the same time that he reminds us of our own rights and about how far we still have to go.

A Poem About Pain

  • September 01, 2012
  • 0
BY Amy Sequenzia

Other people have written better articulated articles about the same things I write in this poem. It is hard for me to elaborate beyond the words in the poem. It could have easily been me in some cases, it can happen to any of us.

Amy Sequenzia : Friendship and Respect

  • August 20, 2012
  • 0
BY Amy Sequenzia

It is a mistaken idea that we, autistics, lack empathy. It is also a myth that we are not social. My friends and I, we understand and respect differences. And we understand that we all have a lot to contribute, in a diversity of manners.

Amy Sequenzia: “Storm”

  • August 18, 2012
  • 0
BY Amy Sequenzia

“Storm” a poem by autistic self-advocate Amy Sequenzia.

Change Leader: Amy Sequenzia

  • August 08, 2012
  • 0
BY Ollibean

“Presume competence. The same way I want people to assume I am competent, I also assume that others are competent”.

Amy Sequenzia:Dear Mainstream Media

  • August 03, 2012
  • 2
BY Amy Sequenzia

I am an autistic woman, non-speaking and I have many needs.Yes, dear mainstream media, I am the autistic supposedly too “low-functioning” to deserve to be heard. You pity me and you ignore the facts.

Ollibean Think Tank Member Amy Sequenzia

  • July 17, 2012
  • 2
BY Ollibean

Amy Sequenzia is a poet and autistic self-advocate. Her writing is as beautiful and powerful as she is. She is an extraordinary voice in the disability rights community .

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology ( FAAST)

  • July 17, 2012
  • 0
BY

About FAAST Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and …

Amy Sequenzia: “Just Me”

  • July 12, 2012
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

Amy Sequenzia writes about rejecting society’s many labels. Perceptions such as “super spectacular” autistic and “low-functioning” are equally harmful .

Amy Sequenzia: Happy to be Myself

  • June 21, 2012
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

Respect, understanding, acceptance.Things that make me happy.Respect, understanding, acceptance.
These things make me grow.

Amy Sequenzia: Respect How I Choose to Speak

  • June 10, 2012
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

I type my words because I am non-speaking. One of my disabilities, or one characteristic of my disability, is that my body does not move …

Autism Speaks: Time to Listen by Autistic Self-Advocate Amy Sequenzia

  • May 07, 2012
  • 7
BY Amy Sequenzia

Autism Speaks: Time to Listen by Autistic Self-Advocate Amy Sequenzia

Presuming Competence

  • April 19, 2012
  • 5
BY Amy Sequenzia

This issue is very important to me because so many events and breakthroughs in my life happened because I was presumed to be competent. On …

Epidemic, Awareness and Us, Autistics

  • April 05, 2012
  • 6
BY Amy Sequenzia

By now everyone knows about the new numbers on autism diagnosis. And we have already seen the media jumping in the alarmist train: IT IS …

Lives Not Worth Living : by Amy Sequenzia

  • March 20, 2012
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

The title of this blog is an expression seen in many blogs written by disabilities advocates and self-advocates. Wasn’t his life worth living? Isn’t mine or the lives of all disabled people?

The murder of 22 year-old autistic George Hodgins prompted the latest, very strong protests from the autistic community against the media coverage focused on the “reasons” for the killing, while ignoring George’s, the victim, life.

Acceptance

  • March 11, 2012
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

Welcome new Ollibean writer, Amy Sequenzia! We know you’re going to love her blog and her poems…….. “Accepting myself is an on going process. A …

Amy Sequenzia “Be Proud of Who You Are”

  • January 27, 2012
  • 1
BY Lauri Swann Hunt

“Feeling sorry for our disabilities means not accepting ourselves. I feel sorry because disabilities rights are still lacking, not because I am disabled. My message is, hopefully, about our strength and similarities”. Amy Sequenzia

My Voice, My Life : A Poem by Amy Sequenzia

  • January 17, 2012
  • 1
BY Amy Sequenzia

This powerful poem from the book “MY VOICE, Autism, Life and Dreams” by self-advocate Amy Sequenzia says so much. We were fortunate enough to get …

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Apr
14

Sesame Street, This is an Autistic Speaking

  • 7
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Sesame Street knew nobody was missing, or lacking, anything. I was perfect! Everyone is perfect!
But in real life, as I grew older, doctors and teachers convinced everyone that I was too broken to be worthy of any effort toward education and a future. Nobody saw me the way I was seen by my friends at Sesame Street.

Apr
14

What Good Does Autism Awareness Do? It Doesn’t

  • 8
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I know most people want to do the right thing and believe “Autism Awareness” helps. But it doesn’t and it is time for some blunt truths, it is past time to stop walking in circles and move forward with Autism Acceptance.

Mar
14

Stop Combating Me – Why I Am Against Euthanasia

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Today is “Stop Combating Me” flashblog. We are not the enemy but the way legislation is written puts us in real danger.

Mar
14

Being Disabled and in the Hospital

  • 12
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Being disabled and in hospitals is always scary because our lives is not valued as the lives of non-disabled. I was, in a way, lucky but the policies still need a lot of improvement.

Feb
14

Love, Not Fear

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Today is “Love, Not Fear” flashblog. We write about the beauty of being, living, sharing and experience Autism, an Autistic life.

Feb
14

A Message to Suzanne Wright and Autism Speaks

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I will soon write about posAutive messages but I had to write this first. I know my rights and I will fight against oppression at the same time that I spread the messages of acceptance and respect.

Jan
14

Walk In My Shoes

  • 7
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I want you to walk in my shoes Not because I want you to feel what it means To be disabled But because I want …

Jan
14

Hopes

  • 4
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I might be too optimistic for the reality, but I need HOPE to be able to keep demanding the rights taken away from me, just because I am me.

Dec
13

Remember

  • 6
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Between my activism and the end of the year celebrations, I want to make time to remember my brothers and sisters that can no longer smile.

Dec
13

Real Consequences

  • 7
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Autism Speaks has been hurting autistics for too long. We are fighting back and we are stronger. It is time to say things like they are. This post is because I feel offended by people defending hateful speech.

Nov
13

This Is Autism by Amy Sequenzia

  • 2
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Today we are flashblogging to counter Autism Speaks’ wrong view of autism. We are showing what autism really is. We speak for ourselves, even if Autism Speaks refuses to listen. The rest of the world will.

Nov
13

Inclusion, Communication and Civil Rights

  • 7
  • BY Henry Frost

“Learning is easy when the teacher knows you can learn. ” Henry Frost

Nov
13

Autistics Speaking Day – My Fingers Speak

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Today is Autistics Speaking Day, a day to remind the world that we actually speak every day, even if we do it with our fingers.

Oct
13

How It Helps

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I wrote about Presumption of Competence before, and how it is important for all of us. This time I write about how it feels and how my life changed because I was assumed to be competent.

Oct
13

Open Letter To Jon Stewart

  • 8
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

When I met Jon Stewart I was very disappointed by his lack of knowledge and sensitivity toward autism. During a recent interview, while still a bit condescending, his views seem to have evolved. This is my open letter to him.

Sep
13

More Problems With Functioning Labels

  • 7
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Life changes and so do we. And if some still cannot care for themselves, like me, this is not a reason to dismiss us and reduce us to a pointless functioning label.
Who knows in which body the next brilliant brain resides, if opportunities are not equal?

Sep
13

Dear Issy

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

You don’t know me but I have seen your pictures. You don’t know me but I know parts of your story. Soon you will wake …

Sep
13

Again, We Mourn

  • 4
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

My soul hurts and I am naming names. And I am saying, if you have a drop of sympathy for the murderers, or almost murderers, you have blood on your hands too.

Aug
13

The Reality Behind Those Walls

  • 0
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

The Judge Rotenberg Center is recruiting disabled students in the Midwest to be legally tortured with electric shocks. Help us stop this inhumane treatment of disabled people.

Aug
13

I Fall and I Rise Again

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

My life is in constant motion So different from a few years ago Back then I could not easily climb The wobbly ladders put in …

Aug
13

Being Where I Can Simply Be

  • 6
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

After a three-day conference, I needed to sleep. I needed to sleep because I was dreamy, trying to keep the feeling of being in a place where I can be myself and also be a little bit like a star. Also, building community.

Jul
13

The Presumption of Competence

  • 7
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Presumption of competence is more than an abstract idea. It has real and concrete effects. Here is one: it is better than a makeover.

Jun
13

Because I Stood With Henry

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Because I stood with Henry I am happier today and you should too. Henry not only got his rights, he proved that presumption of competence should be the default for every student.

Jun
13

Untitled

  • 8
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

This is not directed at anyone in particular. It is about several people I’ve met throughout my life. I sometimes need to remind myself that being me means following my own agenda and not pleasing the ones who will not be part of my story.

May
13

Amy Sequenzia: Does it matter?

  • 4
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Should it matter that some of us are labeled intellectually disabled? Read the definitions, look at us in a realistic way and ask yourself; Does it matter?
Aren’t we all worthy?

May
13

Mother

  • 2
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

This is for every person who embodies the meaning of motherhood. This is for the ones who nurture and protect, who never consider their lives more important than the lives of the ones being nourished, educated, protected and loved.

Apr
13

Standing With Ashley

  • 10
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I stand with Ashley because she is part of our community, she is brave and she survived brutality.I stand with Ashley because I hope to show her, one day, that the joy of belonging to our caring community trumps the memories of pain.

Apr
13

Listen Up

  • 0
  • BY

Listen Up! the PSA from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Acceptance Month has been released!

Mar
13

Pain in My Brain

  • 8
  • BY

The one thing in my life I would like to cure.

Mar
13

‘Autistic People Are’ by Amy Sequenzia

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Autistic People Are   Awesome!   Autistic People are the real experts on autism.   Autistic people are not more complicated than non-autistics. Autistic people …

Feb
13

“Loud Hands – Autistic People, Speaking” A Review

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

The title of the book should be enough for anyone who wants to know, know more or know anything, about autism and Autistics to buy it and read it.

Feb
13

I Feel Tired

  • 8
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Some parents understand that autism is a natural part of some children’s lives and they fight the societal attitudes toward autistics. That’s love. Some parents don’t, and they fight, and hurt, their own children. This is not love and is one of the things that make me very tired.

Feb
13

Autism Acceptance – Leading the Conversation

  • 0
  • BY

I want to talk about Autism Acceptance again. I want to talk about Autism Acceptance because soon we will be, again, referred to as tragedies, …

Jan
13

Advice from Someone Who Has Been There

  • 19
  • BY Lauri Swann Hunt

Why are people without disabilities measuring their perception of the severity of another’s autism and their right to membership and voice in the autism community?

Jan
13

When Autistics Grade Other Autistics

  • 20
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree…”We know how functioning labels are not helpful, despite being largely used by neurotypicals. But some autistics also grade members of our community and I want to understand why.

Jan
13

I Am Autistic and I Know What Autism Is

  • 9
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Autism is not a set of deficits. Autism is complex and all of us can self-advocate despite the difficulties we might face. Autism is life. I am Autistic, I self-advocate and I am happy.

Jan
13

Autism in 2012: What We Have Done

  • 0
  • BY

Great post from Ollibean contriutor Amy Sequenzia on Autism Women’s Network.

Dec
12

It is About Respect

  • 4
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Respect for one another is one basic quality if we want to have meaningful conversations and relationships with other human beings. The ableism that disabled people experience is a form of disrespect.

Dec
12

Amy Sequenzia: I Need to Thank Some People

  • 2
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

After “Non-speaking, ‘low-functioning’” was published, lots of people wanted to hear from me. I met so many amazing people, autistic bloggers with so much to share and the smartest people I know. Parents of autistic children also valued my words.

Nov
12

Amy Sequenzia: Henry’s Victory

  • 0
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Autistic self advocate and poet, Amy Sequenzia’s thoughts on the outcome of young self- advocate, Henry Frost’s battle for inclusion in Hillsborough County.

Nov
12

Amy Sequenzia: I, Too, Want to Understand.

  • 5
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Why would a parent of an autistic child decide that it is better not to listen to other autistics? Why?
I, Too, Want to Understand.

Nov
12

Amy Sequenzia: To You, Young Autistic Friend

  • 0
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Autistic advocate and poet Amy Sequenzia’s message of acceptance and respect for young autistics for 2012 Autistics Speaking Day. “There is nothing wrong with being who you are. You are perfect in your uniqueness.”

Oct
12

Supporting Young Autistics

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

We hope that young autistics today will be proud of themselves and without shame. The message that boy received at that moment was the opposite of acceptance. It was ableist and it came from someone who is part of our own community.

Sep
12

Bureaucrats

  • 3
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

You look at me But you don’t see me You talk about me but not to me You think you know all about me But …

Sep
12

I Stand With Henry

  • 2
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

What Henry is doing is advocating for his rights, at the same time that he reminds us of our own rights and about how far we still have to go.

Sep
12

A Poem About Pain

  • 0
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Other people have written better articulated articles about the same things I write in this poem. It is hard for me to elaborate beyond the words in the poem. It could have easily been me in some cases, it can happen to any of us.

Aug
12

Amy Sequenzia : Friendship and Respect

  • 0
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

It is a mistaken idea that we, autistics, lack empathy. It is also a myth that we are not social. My friends and I, we understand and respect differences. And we understand that we all have a lot to contribute, in a diversity of manners.

Aug
12

Amy Sequenzia: “Storm”

  • 0
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

“Storm” a poem by autistic self-advocate Amy Sequenzia.

Aug
12

Change Leader: Amy Sequenzia

  • 0
  • BY Ollibean

“Presume competence. The same way I want people to assume I am competent, I also assume that others are competent”.

Aug
12

Amy Sequenzia:Dear Mainstream Media

  • 2
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I am an autistic woman, non-speaking and I have many needs.Yes, dear mainstream media, I am the autistic supposedly too “low-functioning” to deserve to be heard. You pity me and you ignore the facts.

Jul
12

Ollibean Think Tank Member Amy Sequenzia

  • 2
  • BY Ollibean

Amy Sequenzia is a poet and autistic self-advocate. Her writing is as beautiful and powerful as she is. She is an extraordinary voice in the disability rights community .

Jul
12

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology ( FAAST)

  • 0
  • BY

About FAAST Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and …

Jul
12

Amy Sequenzia: “Just Me”

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Amy Sequenzia writes about rejecting society’s many labels. Perceptions such as “super spectacular” autistic and “low-functioning” are equally harmful .

Jun
12

Amy Sequenzia: Happy to be Myself

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Respect, understanding, acceptance.Things that make me happy.Respect, understanding, acceptance.
These things make me grow.

Jun
12

Amy Sequenzia: Respect How I Choose to Speak

  • 1
  • BY Amy Sequenzia

I type my words because I am non-speaking. One of my disabilities, or one characteristic of my disability, is that my body does not move …

May
12

Autism Speaks: Time to Listen by Autistic Self-Advocate Amy Sequenzia

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  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Autism Speaks: Time to Listen by Autistic Self-Advocate Amy Sequenzia

Apr
12

Presuming Competence

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  • BY Amy Sequenzia

This issue is very important to me because so many events and breakthroughs in my life happened because I was presumed to be competent. On …

Apr
12

Epidemic, Awareness and Us, Autistics

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  • BY Amy Sequenzia

By now everyone knows about the new numbers on autism diagnosis. And we have already seen the media jumping in the alarmist train: IT IS …

Mar
12

Lives Not Worth Living : by Amy Sequenzia

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  • BY Amy Sequenzia

The title of this blog is an expression seen in many blogs written by disabilities advocates and self-advocates. Wasn’t his life worth living? Isn’t mine or the lives of all disabled people?

The murder of 22 year-old autistic George Hodgins prompted the latest, very strong protests from the autistic community against the media coverage focused on the “reasons” for the killing, while ignoring George’s, the victim, life.

Mar
12

Acceptance

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  • BY Amy Sequenzia

Welcome new Ollibean writer, Amy Sequenzia! We know you’re going to love her blog and her poems…….. “Accepting myself is an on going process. A …

Jan
12

Amy Sequenzia “Be Proud of Who You Are”

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  • BY Lauri Swann Hunt

“Feeling sorry for our disabilities means not accepting ourselves. I feel sorry because disabilities rights are still lacking, not because I am disabled. My message is, hopefully, about our strength and similarities”. Amy Sequenzia

Jan
12

My Voice, My Life : A Poem by Amy Sequenzia

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  • BY Amy Sequenzia

This powerful poem from the book “MY VOICE, Autism, Life and Dreams” by self-advocate Amy Sequenzia says so much. We were fortunate enough to get …