Disability History and Pop Culture

2016-11-10T10:11:24-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, blog, Cross Disability, Entertainment, Media Representation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

X Company is respectfully educating viewers about the ableism, discrimination and elimination of disabled people during the war. Hopefully, it will make more people aware of how disabled people are still discriminated against and abused in unthinkable ways.

What’s Underneath – Jillian Mercado

2016-11-10T10:11:32-04:00By |Categories: blog, Cross Disability, General, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Muscular Dystrophies, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jillian Mercado, the 23 year old model and editor and

I have Tourette’s. Please tell everyone.

2016-11-10T10:11:32-04:00By |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.

Sesame Street, This is an Autistic Speaking

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |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.

I Got 99 Problems..Palsy Is Just One- Maysoon Zayid on Ted

2016-11-10T10:11:38-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy In Action, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Entertainment, Media Representation, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world and we are the most under-represented in entertainment.” Maysoon Zayid

Doll Diversity Isn’t Just Child’s Play – Dolls with Disabilities

2016-11-10T10:11:38-04:00By |Categories: blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Developmental Disabilities, Emily Ladau, General, Inclusion, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Muscular Dystrophies, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Thought Leaders|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As a little girl, I had a doll collection that

“Weird & Wonderful”

2016-11-10T10:11:40-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Articles, Disability Rights, General, Media Representation, Neurodiversity, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

'Weird and Wonderful", a feature-length documentary, tells the story of the disability rights movement from the late 1960s until today.

I Am Disabled and I Am Proud

2016-11-10T10:11:41-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Articles, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

‎"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

2016-11-10T10:11:41-04:00By |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.

Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow

2016-11-10T10:11:50-04:00By |Categories: ASL Videos, ASL Videos, Entertainment, General, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Awesome ASL version of En Vogue's 'Free Your Mind'. "Before you can see me you've got to learn how to read me. Free your mind and the rest will follow."

“The Story of Luke” Brings Autism to the Big Screen

2016-11-10T10:11:53-04:00By |Categories: Author, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Entertainment, General, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Sarah Levis, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

But my question is, where are autistic people in the creation of the movie and the movie itself? The representation of autism and disability in film should include the actual voices of autistic people.

Listen Up

2016-11-10T10:11:53-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, blog, General, Henry Frost, Inclusion, Media Representation, Neurodiversity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Listen Up! the PSA from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Acceptance Month has been released!

April and Autism Acceptance at Tampa Theatre

2016-11-10T10:11:54-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Autism, Editor's Picks, Entertainment, Events, General, Inclusive Education, Media Representation, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Foundation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Get your advocacy on. April and Autism Acceptance is in Tampa. The rock stars of disability advocacy- Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette- are back.

‘Switched at Birth’ Goes Silent to Make a Point

2016-11-10T10:11:55-04:00By |Categories: Around the Web, Articles, ASL Videos, ASL Videos, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, General, Lifestyle, Media Representation|Tags: , , , , , , |

"Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand," says a guidance counselor a high school for deaf students in "Switched at Birth."

Krip-Hop Nation: Music, Advocacy and Education

2016-11-10T10:11:59-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Articles, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, Entertainment, General, Media Representation, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Resources We Love, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , |

"Where were the other people who looked like me as a Black disabled young man? With this continuous question of race and disability along with my love of poetry and music, I started to question the arena of music and performance around the representation of musicians with disabilities, especially disabled musicians of color." - Leroy F. Moore, Jr.

‘Impaired Perceptions’ – Photographer Brian Steel Fights Ableism

2016-11-10T10:11:59-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Advocacy, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Articles, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Media Representation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"The overall message is that you cannot tell what a person is capable of or what their life is like simply by looking at them. " Brian Steel

No Limits: People With Cerebral Palsy v Condescending Tools

2016-11-10T10:11:59-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, General, Henry Recommends, Media Representation, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

No Limits: People With Cerebral Palsy v Condescending Tools.

Get Schooled: Jack Black Rocks “Sensitive”

2016-11-10T10:12:04-04:00By |Categories: Autism, blog, Developmental Disabilities, Entertainment, General, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AUTISM IS AWESOMISM . LOVE this video performed by the incredible Wyatt Isaacs (Autism the Musical), Jack Black, Stephen Stills from the Miracle Project Benefit.

D-PAN ASL Music Video “We’re Going To Be Friends” by the White Stripes

2016-11-10T10:12:22-04:00By |Categories: ASL Videos, ASL Videos, blog, Cross Disability, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, General, Henry Recommends, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

White Stripes "We're Going To Be Friends" ASL video we love by D-PAN.

Stories From The Road | Chapter Eight | “On Common Ground”

2016-11-10T10:12:23-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Assistive Technology, Autism, Entertainment, General, Media Representation, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"On Common Ground": While in Houston to speak to teens at "Stand Up! For Inclusion" a conference aimed at inspiring youth to make a difference in the world, Larry takes time to exchange creative ideas with a young artist.

Stories From The Road | Chapter Thirteen | “The End Of The Road”

2016-11-10T10:12:24-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Assistive Technology, Autism, General, Inclusion, Lifestyle, Media Representation, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"The End Of The Road": Larry and Tracy take time to reflect on their spiritual journey of disability awareness as they prepare for the theatrical premiere if their film, "Wretches & Jabberers" in New York City.

Stories From The Road | Chapter Nine | “Lightning Rods”

2016-11-10T10:12:24-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Assistive Technology, Entertainment, General, Media Representation, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Lightning Rods": The Vermonters meet up with Stephen Kuusisto, author of "Planet of the Blind". He interviews Larry and Tracy about the journey they took while making "Wretches & Jabberers" and shares a few insights of his own about his disability.