About Ollibean

Ollibean is a dynamic community of parents, families and advocates in the disability community working together for a more socially just, accessible and inclusive world.

Disability Activist Keith Jones on Community

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"So let us remember that when we teach, when we educate, we make policy, we make decisions that we do it with a conscience and that we remember that we are leaving fingerprints on forever." Keith Jones

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all : Paula Kluth

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In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher

Issy Stapleton: Emergency Information and Autistic Community Response

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Emergency information is on here, followed by commentary. Emergency information

5 Ways to Elicit Language from PrAACtical AAC

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PrAACtical Suggestions: 5 Ways to Elicit Language Without Asking a

Judith Snow

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Judith Snow, MA is a social innovator and an advocate for Inclusion – communities that welcome the participation of a wide diversity of people. Inclusion is an opportunity for EVERYONE!

The Power of Presuming Competence

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"Thasya", a mini film by Dan Habib, highlights the power of presuming competence, differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication. Inclusion works.

Intersection of Law, Education and Civil Rights

2016-03-30T14:44:53-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy In Action, Articles, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, General, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As a deaf-blind student with very limited sight and hearing, Haben Girma '13 learned that you must be a self-advocate and come up with creative solutions to the problems you face. If that fails, she says, then the law can be a strong ally.

Ollibean Baseball Camp

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Great week at Ollibean Baseball Camp! Thank you to all the great Ballplayers and Counselors who made it so much fun. We still have some spots for this week- August 12 through 16, 8:30 am to 11:30 am. It's free!

Senator Harkin Delivers Speech in ASL Upon ADA Passage in 1990

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Upon passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 13th, 1990, Senator Tom Harkin delivered a speech on the Senate floor in American Sign Language. Harkin, whose brother Frank was deaf, was the lead Senate author of the ADA, which was enacted later that year. His speech is the first in American Sign Language to be delivered from the Senate floor.

Disabilty and Civil Rights: Standing On the Right Side of History

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"If we were to go back to the 1960s and we were to talk to those leaders who were vehemently against desegregation, we would hear the conviction in their voices of them stating why they believe their decisions and what they were doing to those children were just. Just as I believe that some of you and some of the board members that have spoken believe that their decisions are just. But, I fear that the Hillsborough County School Board is standing on the wrong side of history."

Ollibean Inclusive Baseball Camp August 5-16

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Hope you can join us for our 2nd Annual Ollibean Inclusive Baseball Camp at Palma Ceia Little League. 2 sessions August 5- 9, and August 12-16.

The Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education – 07/12/13

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This week, Carol Quirk who is the Co-Executive Director for

Much Needed Resource: “We Are Like Your Child”

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"We are like your child. Your child is like us. And we may have difficulties, we are disabled--but there is no denying that we are also awesome."

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

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We love Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, a community of autistics, professionals, and parents sharing what you need to know about autism.

The National Center on Inclusive Education Summer Institute

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Inclusive education conference with keynotes by Lydia Brown, George Sugai, Dan Habib, JoAnne Malloy. Cheryl Jorgensen, Michael McSheehan, Henry Frost and many more you will not want to miss!

AAC Helps Learners with Complex Communication Needs Reach Their Full Potential

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" A lot of these kids end up not reaching their full potential because they suffer from low expectations. People think they don't speak well, so we shouldn't have them in the regular classroom, but a lot of the kids I work with, they're cognitively fine. They're perfectly capable. They just need a viable means of communication to really help them through that." Cathy Binger

Not Impossible: The Story of Daniel

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Five years ago (next month) our severely autistic son Daniel had a major breakthrough. This whole world is new to him: standards, peers, comradeship and competition.

Stop Hurting Kids

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Join the Stop Hurting Kids campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools.The easiest way to make a meaningful contribution is to take a stand.

Ariane Zurcher: Non-Speaking Autistic Woman Writes Book

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Barb Rentenbach's funny, poignant and beautiful must-read book, I Might Be You: An Exploration of Autism and Connection, is now available as an audiobook.

PrAACtical AAC | Presuming Competence and Using The Least Dangerous Assumption

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PrAACtical AAC's latest post on the importance of presuming competence.

2013 Top Ten Signs of Special Ed Advocate Burn Out

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Subtitle: Why you may need a trip to a COPAA