About Lauri Swann Hunt

Advocate committed to inclusion & social justice, proud mother of three wonderful humans, and part of the team that started Ollibean.

Six Questions Before Publishing About Children

2016-11-10T10:11:24-05:00By |Categories: Ableism, blog, Cross Disability, Ollibean Family, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

 Blogging About Children with Disabilities Protecting a child's privacy

A Vibrant Mind Hidden In Plain Sight

2016-11-10T10:11:25-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Martin Pistorius, author of the New York Times best-seller, Ghost Boy: The

Deaf Teen Filmmakers Interpretation of Phillip Phillips’ “Home”

2016-11-10T10:11:25-05:00By |Categories: Around the Web, ASL Videos, ASL Videos, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Lauri Swann Hunt, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Acceptance, connection, and belonging. Home. Thank you Deaf Film Camp for making such awesome videos!

Five Reasons You Need to Read ‘Ghost Boy’ by Martin Pistorius

2016-11-10T10:11:29-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Assistive Technology, Author, blog, Books You Need, Cerebral Palsy, Editor's Picks, General, Lauri Swann Hunt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For over ten years Martin Pistorius was trapped in his own body, fully cognizant, but unable to speak or move. He was surrounded by people who believed he was incapable of thinking and tried desperately to get just one person to notice. His story serves as a wake-up call for all of us to drastically change our assumptions about speech and intellectual capacity as well as the need to radically reform expectations and treatment of people with complex communication needs.

Isn’t it a Pity? The Real Problem with Special Needs

2016-11-10T10:11:30-05:00By |Categories: Ableism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Real Problem with Special Needs We love this

LOVED As I Am

2016-11-10T10:11:30-05:00By |Categories: blog, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We can all use a daily reminder that we are loved, accepted and adored for being exactly who we are. Ollibean Goods of the Day- "LOVED as I am" , "You Are Loved" and "I Am Loved" .

Disability Visibility Project

2016-11-10T10:11:30-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy Resources, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ollibean is very proud to be a media partner of the Disability Visibility Project. Please join us in spreading the word about this important project dedicated to "Recording Disability History, One Story at a Time".

Ollibean Goods – Gifts That Celebrate Inclusion and Diversity

2016-11-10T10:11:30-05:00By |Categories: Author, blog, General, Lauri Swann Hunt, Products|Tags: , , , , , |

Ollibean Goods - gifts that celebrate inclusion and diversity . Ollibean Goods donates 10 % of net proceeds to fund literacy programs and provide iPads for communication .

The Impact of 250 Words on Literacy

2016-11-10T10:11:31-05:00By |Categories: Accessibility, Author, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Literacy, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ollibean Literacy Lifehacks : Tools for parents and care providers without education backgrounds to easily provide literacy instruction. Sign up for our free Flashcards of the 250 Words that represent over two-thirds of captioned television.

Get Your Happy On

2016-11-10T10:11:31-05:00By |Categories: ASL Videos, ASL Videos, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Lauri Swann Hunt, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Love this video by Tina and Paul Sirimarco. Tina is

250 Words Represent Over Two-Thirds of Captioned Television

2016-11-10T10:11:31-05:00By |Categories: Author, blog, General, Lauri Swann Hunt, Literacy, Parenting, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"There are more than 500,000 words in the English language,

How to Improve Literacy Without Even Trying

2016-11-10T10:11:32-05:00By |Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Author, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Literacy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the simplest things you can do to improve

I have Tourette’s. Please tell everyone.

2016-11-10T10:11:32-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, Entertainment, General, Henry Recommends, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Neurodiversity, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This powerful performance by Jamie Sanders, spoken word poet and actor with Tourette's, covers bullying, shame, self-acceptance and empowerment in the best 150 seconds you'll watch this week.

Parents – Acceptance Starts at Home

2016-11-10T10:11:36-05:00By |Categories: Author, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Parents, home is the single most important place for our

Who Cares About Kelsey? We do.

2016-11-10T10:11:36-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy In Action, Advocacy Resources, Author, blog, General, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Resources We Love, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We first saw Who Cares About Kelsey ? at the National Center on Inclusive Education’s Summer Institute and instantly connected to the film's message of empowering students.

Welcome to the Autistic Community

2016-11-10T10:11:37-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Autism, Autism Resources, blog, General, Inclusive Education, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the Autism Now Center have created "Welcome to the Autistic Community! " It is a must read for anyone who wants to learn about autism.

Is Your Child Learning How to Code?

2016-11-10T10:11:37-05:00By |Categories: Assistive Technology, Author, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , |

We hope all kids are learning to code. If they aren't being taught programming skills in school, there are so many great sites that can help them get started today.

30 Second Message for Bullies

2016-11-10T10:11:37-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy In Action, Author, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion Resources, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Resources, Resources We Love, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AAPD's PSA features three real students sharing a simple message: people with disabilities are powerful, self-determined individuals—not victims.

Who Cares About Kelsey

2016-11-10T10:11:43-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Education, General, Henry Recommends, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Kelsey Carroll lived with homelessness, self-mutilation, abuse and ADHD.  She was a likely high school dropout — until she encountered an education revolution that’s about empowering, not overpowering, teens with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Kelsey’s story, a story of trying to be seen for her potential rather than her past behavior.

Transforming Education to Benefit ALL Students

2016-11-10T10:11:46-05:00By |Categories: Author, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As part of a 5-year, $24.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. DOE , the SWIFT Center was founded to assist districts and their schools to engage in a transformational process, in order to achieve equity and excellence for all students. Research has demonstrated that inclusive education significantly improves academic and behavior outcomes for all children.

Thank You, Ed Roberts

2016-11-10T10:11:46-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Politics, Think Tank, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

"And we’re going to develop leadership, that has a fundamental difference and that is, it's inclusive . It believes in people, and in our strengths together . And we are going to change our society. " Ed Roberts

Deaf Parent Advocates for Communication Supports She Received from Same School 40 Years Ago

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, General, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Deaf mother goes before Hillsborough County School District Board to advocate for son's necessary services. The 8th largest school district in the country has an operating budget of $ 3 billion. Despite being notified in advance of her attendance, the district was unable to provide any access .