“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.

We Love Emma’s Hope Book

2016-11-10T10:11:55-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Autism, Autism Resources, General, Lifestyle, Neurodiversity, Parenting, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ariane Zurcher is definitely one of our favorite writers. She writes with exceptional honesty, insight, and beauty.

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.

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.

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.

Henry’s Road to Inclusion Part 1

2017-01-16T10:18:39-05:00By |Categories: blog, Lauri Swann Hunt|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Henry met Tracy, Larry, Harvey Lavoy, and Pascal Cheng on June 9, 2011. It was a very special day, one that would change Henry's life forever.

UNH IOD Standing With Henry

2016-11-10T10:12:02-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

But after watching Wretches and Jabberers, a film about autism and self-advocacy, Henry’s way of interacting with the world changed radically. He realized that he had a voice, could use it, and had a right to participate in discussions about his education and life.

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.

Henry Frost on Inclusion on the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

2017-01-16T10:19:50-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Henry wrote about inclusion for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network,

Autistic Student Wins the Right to Go to School

2016-11-10T10:12:04-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Henry Frost had a pretty simple goal: he wanted to go to school like any other kid.

Get Schooled: Jack Black Rocks “Sensitive”

2016-11-10T10:12:04-05:00By |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.

Inclusion in Tampa

2016-11-10T10:12:04-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

' With a little help from his friends'. Henry's inclusion is truly a group effort led by this determined 13 year old self advocate .

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.

Why is a 13 year old protesting in order to go TO school?

2016-11-10T10:12:05-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Cross Disability, Featured (Homepage), General, Henry, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Lifestyle, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How did we get here? How did we get to a point that our 13 year old son has to fight for the rights that are already his under federal law? How did we get to a place where a pretty reserved kid has the courage, the will, to do this?

Presume My Competence

2016-11-10T10:12:06-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Ableism, Advocacy, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Henry, Henry Frost, Ollibean Family|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Really, this is number one. Please presume my competence.

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