We are so very fortunate to have Amy Sequenzia as a member of our Think Tank. Amy’s writing is eloquent, thought provoking, and shatters many of the myths that accompany society’s preconceived notions about disability. Amy is a poet and autistic self-advocate. Her writing is as beautiful and powerful as she is. She is an extraordinary voice in the disability rights community .

Amy Sequenzia

My name is Amy Sequenzia and I am an autistic self-advocate. I also have epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

I write poetry – I published three small books – and not too long ago I also discover the power of prose. I began writing articles on autism, disabilities, being autistic and advocacy.

I type to communicate. I began typing when I was eight years old but for many years I did not type much because of seizures that made me very tired all the time and because of lack of support. Today I cannot imagine being silenced again.

In 2012 I was a presenter at the Conference “Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds” at Ryerson University in Toronto. I have essays published by The Autism Women’s Network, The Shift Journal, Think Inclusive, Autism Now Center, The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism and The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

Also in 2012 I began serving on the board of directors at Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).

I hope to be a good advocate for my community and a friend to parents and allies. And I love blogging for Ollibean.