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.

Because I Stood With Henry

2016-11-10T10:11:48-05:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Henry, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Because I stood with Henry I am happier today and you should too. Henry not only got his rights, he proved that presumption of competence should be the default for every student.

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2016-11-10T10:11:48-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is not directed at anyone in particular. It is about several people I’ve met throughout my life. I sometimes need to remind myself that being me means following my own agenda and not pleasing the ones who will not be part of my story.

Amy Sequenzia: Does it matter?

2016-11-10T10:11:49-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Should it matter that some of us are labeled intellectually disabled? Read the definitions, look at us in a realistic way and ask yourself; Does it matter? Aren’t we all worthy?

Mother

2016-11-10T10:11:49-05:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is for every person who embodies the meaning of motherhood. This is for the ones who nurture and protect, who never consider their lives more important than the lives of the ones being nourished, educated, protected and loved.

Standing With Ashley

2016-11-10T10:11:50-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , |

I stand with Ashley because she is part of our community, she is brave and she survived brutality.I stand with Ashley because I hope to show her, one day, that the joy of belonging to our caring community trumps the memories of pain.

Listen Up

2016-11-10T10:11:53-05:00By |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!

“Loud Hands – Autistic People, Speaking” A Review

2016-11-10T10:11:55-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Around the Web, Author, blog, Books You Need, Editor's Picks, General, Neurodiversity, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The title of the book should be enough for anyone who wants to know, know more or know anything, about autism and Autistics to buy it and read it.

I Feel Tired

2016-11-10T10:11:56-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Some parents understand that autism is a natural part of some children’s lives and they fight the societal attitudes toward autistics. That’s love. Some parents don’t, and they fight, and hurt, their own children. This is not love and is one of the things that make me very tired.

Advice from Someone Who Has Been There

2016-11-10T10:11:59-05:00By |Categories: Ableism, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I love Larry Bissonnette- artist and disability rights activist. If

When Autistics Grade Other Autistics

2016-11-10T10:11:59-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Disability Rights, Featured (Homepage), General, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree…”We know how functioning labels are not helpful, despite being largely used by neurotypicals. But some autistics also grade members of our community and I want to understand why.

I Am Autistic and I Know What Autism Is

2016-11-10T10:12:00-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Autism is not a set of deficits. Autism is complex and all of us can self-advocate despite the difficulties we might face. Autism is life. I am Autistic, I self-advocate and I am happy.

It is About Respect

2016-11-10T10:12:00-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Respect for one another is one basic quality if we want to have meaningful conversations and relationships with other human beings. The ableism that disabled people experience is a form of disrespect.

Amy Sequenzia: I Need to Thank Some People

2016-11-10T10:12:02-05:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After “Non-speaking, ‘low-functioning’” was published, lots of people wanted to hear from me. I met so many amazing people, autistic bloggers with so much to share and the smartest people I know. Parents of autistic children also valued my words.

Amy Sequenzia: To You, Young Autistic Friend

2016-11-10T10:12:05-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Autistic advocate and poet Amy Sequenzia's message of acceptance and respect for young autistics for 2012 Autistics Speaking Day. "There is nothing wrong with being who you are. You are perfect in your uniqueness."

Supporting Young Autistics

2016-11-10T10:12:05-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Lifestyle, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We hope that young autistics today will be proud of themselves and without shame. The message that boy received at that moment was the opposite of acceptance. It was ableist and it came from someone who is part of our own community.

I Stand With Henry

2016-11-10T10:12:06-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education, Politics, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What Henry is doing is advocating for his rights, at the same time that he reminds us of our own rights and about how far we still have to go.

Amy Sequenzia : Friendship and Respect

2016-11-10T10:12:06-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, General, Lifestyle, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It is a mistaken idea that we, autistics, lack empathy. It is also a myth that we are not social. My friends and I, we understand and respect differences. And we understand that we all have a lot to contribute, in a diversity of manners.

Change Leader: Amy Sequenzia

2016-11-10T10:12:07-05:00By |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".

Amy Sequenzia:Dear Mainstream Media

2016-11-10T10:12:07-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I am an autistic woman, non-speaking and I have many needs.Yes, dear mainstream media, I am the autistic supposedly too “low-functioning” to deserve to be heard. You pity me and you ignore the facts.

Ollibean Think Tank Member Amy Sequenzia

2016-11-10T10:12:08-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Amy Sequenzia 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 .

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology ( FAAST)

2013-06-17T13:55:54-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Assistive Technology, General, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

About FAAST Our Mission is to improve the quality of life