Ollibean blog features posts for parents raising children with disabilities with love, acceptance and respect.

Parents, Are You Listening To Your Child?

2016-11-10T10:11:24-05:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, Autism, blog, Neurodiversity, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

As a non-speaking Autistic, I pay special attention to comments and statements made by parents of other non-speaking Autistics, especially children. Many times I see parents lamenting that they will never listen to their Autistic child say "I love you", or how much they long to hear those words.

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

The Reason I Blog

2016-11-10T10:11:27-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, Autism, blog, Neurodiversity, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This blog (The Autism Wars), and all the other blogs

Respectfully Connected: Journeys in Parenting and Neurodivergence

2016-11-10T10:11:29-05:00By |Categories: Autism, Autism Resources, blog, Developmental Disabilities, General, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are all about respect, so of course, Respectfully Connected is a Resource We Love!

Attitudes – Grading People

2016-11-10T10:11:31-05:00By |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.

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.

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,

Creating Visuals Instantly for Unpredictable Activities

2016-11-10T10:11:32-05:00By |Categories: Author, Autism, blog, General, Inclusive Education, Judy Endow, Ollibean Family, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As an adult with autism, knowing what will happen during

The Benefits of Real Food

2016-11-10T10:11:34-05:00By |Categories: blog, General, Nutrition, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Guest post from Chasing the Spring's Dani Johnson on the life changing benefits of a blenderized diet made for her daughter. We were drawn to the great recipes Dani shares as well as her experience of learning from adult g-tube users.

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

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.

Life for Lief ~ “See Me As Smart”

2016-11-10T10:11:37-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, Articles, Disability Rights, General, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

“Some people think that kids who are autistic can’t handle getting a transplant. Kids with autism can handle it.” Lief O'Neill

Real Consequences

2016-11-10T10:11:40-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Featured (Homepage), General, Parenting, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Autism Speaks has been hurting autistics for too long. We are fighting back and we are stronger. It is time to say things like they are. This post is because I feel offended by people defending hateful speech.

From “Severe and Low Functioning” to “Kind of a Big Deal”

2016-11-10T10:11:42-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Author, blog, Disability Rights, General, Judy Endow, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Some people consider it so abhorrent to entertain the possibility

Don’t Mix Up Empathy and Civil Rights

2016-11-10T10:11:42-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Author, blog, Disability Rights, General, Judy Endow, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Many times in the autism community parents of autistic children do not like autistic adults weighing in on situations that have to do with their autistic children. I am an autistic adult and often have parents telling me that I should not judge situations if I have not lived it – the “until-you-walk-a-mile-in-their-shoes” is told to me nearly every week as I post the latest news articles along with my comments on social media.

Don’t Define Me By My Deficits

2016-11-10T10:11:43-05:00By |Categories: Author, Autism, blog, Judy Endow, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My advice for younger autistics and for those who love and support them would be to look at who you ARE as a human being.