Why The Lie We’ve Been Sold About Disability Is The Greatest Injustice

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Stella Young of Ramp Up explains the Social Model of

Cry Me a River, Katrina Percy. Justice for LB!

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, Conversation Starters, Disability Rights, Featured (Homepage), General, Sarah Levis, Think Tank, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I originally wrote this piece for the blog 107daysofaction.wordpress.com. I

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Banning Aversive Shock Therapy at the Judge Rotenberg Center

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Thursday, April 24, was a day that I'd been waiting

Sesame Street, This is an Autistic Speaking

2016-11-10T10:11:36-05:00By |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.

Love, Not Fear

2016-11-10T10:11:37-05:00By |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.

Judith Snow ~ Relationships & Inclusion

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"The research shows that when a child who is not academically gifted is included in a regular school, not only do the academics improve across the school, and I did say that, I didn’t say “in the classroom”, I said “across the school”, not only do the academics improve, but drug use and violence goes down."

Pro Infirmis Mannequins Video Shows Bodily Diversity is Beautiful

2016-11-10T10:11:38-05:00By |Categories: Author, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, Emily Ladau, General, Lifestyle, Muscular Dystrophies, Neurodiversity, Think Tank, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A trip to the mall bombards me with unattainable ideals

The Importance of Supports

2016-11-10T10:11:40-05:00By |Categories: Accommodations, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Politics, Think Tank, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"If we invested a mere one-tenth of the amount of money that we currently pour into causation into empowering Autistic people to communicate, that young man and hundreds of thousands more like him would be able to communicate their needs to us today. I am not here today to speak for every Autistic person – that’s impossible. What I am here for is to argue for every Autistic person to have the same opportunity to communicate that I have come to enjoy thanks to the support that I have been lucky enough to receive in my life." Ari Ne'eman

Supporting United States Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Why Every Voice Counts!

2016-11-10T10:11:41-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Emily Ladau, Featured (Homepage), General, Politics, Search Categories, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

CALLING ALL SENATORS .It’s time for the U.S. To

This Is Autism by Henry Frost

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Best place for all autistic people, all disabled not disabled people, all families to speak together. Speak together for acceptance, inclusion, communication, and rights for all people. I am thinking when you look closely, this is what autism is.

I Am Disabled and I Am Proud

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‎"Polite society often tells us that we need to take the 'dis' out of disability, but maybe... just maybe, we should spend some time putting it back in. Take the "dis" out of disability and you remove the core of what has shaped my life. Disability puts the "D" in diversity, but in order to make that a real difference we've got to own that spot. It took me 35 years to respect and honor that truth. Others shouldn't have to wait that long..." Lawrence Carter-Long

Don’t Call Me Inspirational

2016-11-10T10:11:41-05:00By |Categories: Ableism, ASL Videos, Media Representation, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Disability is not something terrible that needs to be fixed, cured, or made to go away forever. It is a natural part of reality. We ask for acceptance as equal members of society." From the PSA "Your Daily Dosage of Inspiration" by Cheryl Green and Caitlin Wood.

Open Letter To Jon Stewart

2016-11-10T10:11:42-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Search Categories, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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.

Disability Activist Keith Jones on Community

2016-11-10T10:11:43-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Disability Rights Leaders, General, Henry Recommends, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

"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

The Reality Behind Those Walls

2016-11-10T10:11:44-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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

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.

We Are Not In Our Own World

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education, Judy Endow, Search Categories, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We need to be careful about how we think about and talk about people with disabilities. One example is the reference that those who are autistic or deaf or blind or have some sort of movement differences are “in their own world.”

Being Where I Can Simply Be

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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.

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.

Senator’s Call for Transition Action Plan An Excellent Idea

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Author, blog, General, Lifestyle, Politics, Sarah Levis, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Democrat Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has introduced a