Mental Health Therapy and the Autistic Client: When Clinicians Don’t See the Autism (It’s All the Autism)

When Clinicians Attribute All Psychiatric Symptomatology to the Autism Autistic people find their way to therapy when symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD and other diagnoses become problematic to them in their daily lives. When [...]

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Judy Endow
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Judy Endow, MSW is an author, artist, and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics.
Henry Frost
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Henry Frost is an author and advocate for equal education and access.
  • Will Chuck Forget?

Will Chuck forget?

  Will Chuck Forget? Chuck is terrified to go to school. He has stuttering. Others laugh when he says something. He has a breakdown at school. Some boys do feel bad but have no courage [...]

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Now you know . You cannot unknow .

I  told  Professor Wurzburg's class in March and April  about my life and advocacy for inclusion, communication and civil rights. The class asked me questions and I answered. On April 8 I talked to the [...]

LOOPS

My body movement speed is not average. It is not in the mean. My thinking speed is. My thinking speed is faster than average. My body takes time to agree to cooperate with my mind. [...]

Amy Sequenzia
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Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights.
  • disabled students are children who need supports, they are not criminals, they are not criminals, they are not criminals, they are not criminals. By Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

The Criminalization of Disabled Students

This is the first of a series of posts about trauma due to criminalization of disabled students by Amy Sequenzia. The Trauma Is Real Everyone has heard of the school-to-prison pipeline. It is the system [...]

  • Photo of open books. Text reads: Intelligence, as defined by a normalizing society, is not a requirement to be a worthy human being. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

Autistic, Non-Speaking, and “Intelligent”

Autistic, Non-Speaking, and "Intelligent" by Amy Sequenzia "Being Autistic is not the same as being intellectually disabled". "Non-speaking Autistics are intelligent". "When non-speaking Autistics learn how to type they can ‘prove’ their intelligence'". All [...]

  • They use Person First Language and forget our humanity. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

The Gymnastics of Person First Language

by Amy Sequenzia This post is about Person First Language and autism. Another title for this post could be: "Disability Language, and "Gymnastics". Some might find part of it funny, but I am not kidding. [...]

Lauri Swann Hunt
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Advocate committed to inclusion & social justice, proud mother of three wonderful humans, and part of the team that started Ollibean.
  • Disabled people and their attendants are both vulnerable and resilient. Our relationships and well-being are linked. Alice Wong, Ollibean Change Leader
  • How we treat each other is a reflection of the kind of world we want to live in. Alice Wong . Ollibean logo.

Parenting and Caregiving Relationships

Parenting and Caregiving Finding the balance between parenting and caregiving children with disabilities can be challenging -- there's a fine line between hovering and being there to assist when needed. The dynamics of the [...]

All children should grow up feeling loved accepted and whole. Not just at home, but in their schools and communities.

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Over 30 years of research shows that ALL students do better in inclusive educational settings – both socially and academically.

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High expectations and access to rich academic content benefits each and every child.

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