A Vibrant Mind Hidden In Plain Sight

2016-11-10T10:11:25-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Martin Pistorius, author of the New York Times best-seller, Ghost Boy: The

Five Reasons You Need to Read ‘Ghost Boy’ by Martin Pistorius

2016-11-10T10:11:29-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Assistive Technology, Author, blog, Books You Need, Cerebral Palsy, Editor's Picks, General, Lauri Swann Hunt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For over ten years Martin Pistorius was trapped in his own body, fully cognizant, but unable to speak or move. He was surrounded by people who believed he was incapable of thinking and tried desperately to get just one person to notice. His story serves as a wake-up call for all of us to drastically change our assumptions about speech and intellectual capacity as well as the need to radically reform expectations and treatment of people with complex communication needs.

How Being Included Changed This Boy’s Life

2016-11-10T10:11:29-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Accessibility, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Having opportunities to learn with everyone could access more opportunities for all.

The Importance of Opportunity

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, General, Henry Recommends, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Search Categories, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dillan Barmache, a 14 year old autistic student, delivers his powerful 8th grade commencement speech using his iPad and brings the crowd to their feet.

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

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite Shares Strategies to Promote Literacy for ALL

2016-11-10T10:11:42-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Articles, Assistive Technology, Disability Rights, General, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Literacy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Dr. Caroline Musselwhite addresses the topic of overall good literacy

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all : Paula Kluth

2016-11-10T10:11:43-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Assistive Technology, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher

5 Ways to Elicit Language from PrAACtical AAC

2016-11-10T10:11:44-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Articles, Assistive Technology, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PrAACtical Suggestions: 5 Ways to Elicit Language Without Asking a

The Power of Presuming Competence

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"Thasya", a mini film by Dan Habib, highlights the power of presuming competence, differentiated instruction and augmentative and alternative communication. Inclusion works.

Disabilty and Civil Rights: Standing On the Right Side of History

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"If we were to go back to the 1960s and we were to talk to those leaders who were vehemently against desegregation, we would hear the conviction in their voices of them stating why they believe their decisions and what they were doing to those children were just. Just as I believe that some of you and some of the board members that have spoken believe that their decisions are just. But, I fear that the Hillsborough County School Board is standing on the wrong side of history."

AAC Helps Learners with Complex Communication Needs Reach Their Full Potential

2016-11-10T10:11:48-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Accessibility, Assistive Technology, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

" A lot of these kids end up not reaching their full potential because they suffer from low expectations. People think they don't speak well, so we shouldn't have them in the regular classroom, but a lot of the kids I work with, they're cognitively fine. They're perfectly capable. They just need a viable means of communication to really help them through that." Cathy Binger

Ariane Zurcher: Non-Speaking Autistic Woman Writes Book

2016-11-10T10:11:49-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Around the Web, Articles, Assistive Technology, Featured (Homepage), General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Barb Rentenbach's funny, poignant and beautiful must-read book, I Might Be You: An Exploration of Autism and Connection, is now available as an audiobook.

The Most Important Information About AAC Use in the Classroom

2016-11-10T10:11:53-05:00By |Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Presumption of competence combined with support and collaboration from team members helps the learner with complex communication needs have a voice in the classroom.

Ten Things I wish My Teacher and SLP Knew about AAC : Pat Mervine

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Pat Mervine has a great website and is the author

My Top Ten

2016-11-10T10:12:01-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Henry, Think Tank, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

These are the top 10, now top 18 things I need for teachers, therapists, doctors, friends and family to know.

My iPad Is Not a Toy

2016-11-10T10:12:01-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Henry, Inclusion, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Think Tank, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Please never refer to my iPad as a toy. It is not. It is my voice. Imagine if you could not speak with your mouth how important your iPad voice would be.

Use Your Words: Non-Verbal, Speech, and AAC

2015-02-14T16:59:02-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Articles, General, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I see a little girl every week at events that

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.

Ollibean Talks to Ray Ellis, director of “Certain Proof: A Question of Worth”

2016-11-10T10:12:07-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Accessibility, Assistive Technology, blog, Communication, Editor's Picks, Education, General, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Video, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"All of these children have one thing in common. They were always having to prove themselves, over and over and over again." Ray Ellis

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

MyVoice AAC

2013-12-30T18:14:26-05:00By |Categories: Assistive Technology, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MyVoice is a new app, available for Apple and Android

HALO

2016-11-10T10:12:13-05:00By |Categories: Autism Resources, Inclusive Education, Parenting, Resources, Resources We Love, Therapies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MISSION Helping Autism Through Learning and Outreach is a non-profit

iPad Summer Institute

2016-11-10T10:12:16-05:00By |Categories: Articles, Assistive Technology, General, Inclusive Education, Parenting, Therapies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Blog on the topic of assistive technology, eLearning, mind mapping,