About Amy Sequenzia

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry. Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

Accommodations – They Make All The Difference

2016-11-10T10:11:25-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, Autism, blog, General, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Accommodations are important and they work. I should not be

Celebrating My Life

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Celebrating My Life  Amy Sequenzia won't stop celebrating her autistic,

Talking to Autism “Advocacy” Organizations

2016-11-10T10:11:30-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had the opportunity to speak, as a public comment,

Why I Don’t Like “Awareness”

2016-11-10T10:11:30-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, Autism, blog, Cerebral Palsy, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Awareness campaigns of disabilities are only effective if they are planned and run primarily by the groups that are the subjects of the campaign. This is because such campaigns are not “awareness”, but “acceptance” campaigns. We welcome support, with focus on respect, equality and access. We don’t need “awareness” of deficits and tragic rhetoric.

Attitudes – Information and Education

2016-11-10T10:11:31-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, Autism, blog, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is especially directed at parents, family members and all

Attitudes – Grading People

2016-11-10T10:11:31-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Parenting, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Parents and family of disabled people should start demanding that everyone who is part of their children lives stops using functioning labels. We don’t need to be graded. We already have value.

Attitudes – Communication

2016-11-10T10:11:31-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Communication is not only speaking, typing, texting or signing. Communication is also being able to listen and understand, being accommodated to make interaction possible.

Young Autistics Making Me Happy – Expressions of PosAutivity: #AutismPositivity2014

2016-11-10T10:11:35-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, Autism, blog, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , |

This poem is for my young friends: Evie, Ty, Max, Fallon, Mu, Jack, Emma, H., Philip, Oliver, Brooke, Henry, Miri, Cody, MissG, MasterL, and many others I cannot name here but I know are going to grow up to change the conversation. You make me very happy!

Sesame Street, This is an Autistic Speaking

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Entertainment, General, Media Representation, Search Categories, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Cerebral Palsy, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

2016-11-10T10:11:37-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Featured, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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

2016-11-10T10:11:37-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

Hopes

2016-11-10T10:11:38-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.