“Ollibean Thought Leaders” features the most innovative, passionate doers in the disability community .

Isn’t it a Pity? The Real Problem with Special Needs

2016-11-10T10:11:30-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Real Problem with Special Needs We love this

Cheryl Jorgensen

2016-11-10T10:11:32-04:00By |Categories: blog, General, Inclusion Resources, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen's website is an excellent resource for information about inclusive education, best practices, differentiated instruction, universal design, curriculum adaptation, writing standards based IEPs, facilitating social relationships and much more!

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

2016-11-10T10:11:35-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, blog, Disability Rights Leaders, General, Henry Recommends, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Stella Young of Ramp Up explains the Social Model of

Dan Habib: Disabling Segregation

2016-11-10T10:11:35-04:00By |Categories: blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dan Habib's Tedx Talk on the importance of inclusion, belonging

Judith Snow ~ Relationships & Inclusion

2016-11-10T10:11:37-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Articles, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

"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."

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

Worth A Second Look: Haben Girma’s 2010 Speech on 35th Anniversary of IDEA

2016-11-10T10:11:40-04:00By |Categories: Accessibility, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, blog, Cross Disability, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, Editor's Picks, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |

"One of the treasures of IDEA is that it provides children with disabilities the luxury of just being students. Unfortunately there are still many school districts where students with disabilities are denied their right to an education." Haben Girma

The Importance of Supports

2016-11-10T10:11:40-04:00By |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

Meet the Members of the 2013 National Council on Disability

2016-11-10T10:11:40-04:00By |Categories: Accessibility, Advocacy, Articles, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, General, Inclusion, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Politics, Resources We Love, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The National Council on Disability works to further equal opportunity, self-sufficiency, independent living, inclusion and full integration of people with disabilities into the civic, social, and economic fabric of American life.

ASAN President Ari Ne’eman on the DOE’s New Stance on Bullying Prevention

2016-11-10T10:11:41-04:00By |Categories: Abuse and Bullying, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Politics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Comments from Autistic Self-Advocacy Network President Ari Ne’eman, delivered on

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.

Disability Activist Keith Jones on Community

2016-11-10T10:11:43-04:00By |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

Judith Snow

2016-11-10T10:11:44-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Disability Rights Leaders, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lifestyle, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Resources, Resources We Love, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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!

Thank You, Ed Roberts

2016-11-10T10:11:46-04:00By |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.

I Am Here To Make A Difference For My People

2016-11-10T10:11:47-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Brothers & Sisters, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"I am here to make a difference for my people. I hope that you listen to what I have to say. I want people like you to stop judging me." Tres Whitlock

Ollibean Spotlight: Renee Salas

2016-11-10T10:11:48-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, Autism, blog, Books You Need, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Lifestyle, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

" Talk to people with disabilities. As many as you can: Adults, adolescents, kids. These people are the real experts on disabilities. These are the people that can tell you what life with a disability is like." Renee Salas

Believing in Your Child and Why It Matters

2016-11-10T10:11:49-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Autism, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Forums, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Brothers & Sisters, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"No one affects a child's day, dreams and future like a mother. Of course we are never perfect, but perfect is never the goal." Tonya Whitlock

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.

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.

Change Leader: Amy Sequenzia

2016-11-10T10:12:07-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Lifestyle, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Presume competence. The same way I want people to assume I am competent, I also assume that others are competent".

Change Leader: Richard Attfield

2016-11-10T10:12:08-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Richard Attfield, a contributing author to "Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone", is passionate about the rights of children with disability labels to have equal access to education and communication supports.

Change Leader Questionairre: Richard Attfield

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Change you would you like to see in your lifetime? "The end of discrimination towards children/people with disability labels. And the human right of communication implemented fairly. " Richard Attfield

Change Leader: Dr. Charles Price

2016-11-10T10:12:10-04:00By |Categories: blog, Editor's Picks, General, Lifestyle, Ollibean Thought Leaders|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? "More acceptance, tolerance and understanding. Everyone is trying to get through life the best way they know how. Some are dysfunctional while others are externally successful. Not everything is as it seems on the surface".

Change Leader: Larry Bissonette

2016-11-10T10:12:11-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our first Change Leader is artist and disability rights advocate, Larry Bissonnette. Larry's art, writing, presentations, and films are changing perceptions about disability around the world. His quote in Wretches & Jabberers, "More like you than not" says it all.