A Vibrant Mind Hidden In Plain Sight

2016-11-10T10:11:25-04:00By |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

2016-11-10T10:11:29-04:00By |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.

We Are Not In Our Own World

2016-11-10T10:11:47-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education, Judy Endow, Search Categories, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We need to be careful about how we think about and talk about people with disabilities. One example is the reference that those who are autistic or deaf or blind or have some sort of movement differences are “in their own world.”

Because I Stood With Henry

2016-11-10T10:11:48-04:00By |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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2016-11-10T10:11:48-04:00By |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.

Not Impossible: The Story of Daniel

2016-11-10T10:11:49-04:00By |Categories: Articles, blog, Education, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Five years ago (next month) our severely autistic son Daniel had a major breakthrough. This whole world is new to him: standards, peers, comradeship and competition.

Ariane Zurcher: Non-Speaking Autistic Woman Writes Book

2016-11-10T10:11:49-04:00By |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

2016-11-10T10:11:53-04:00By |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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay Stand Up for Inclusion

2016-11-10T10:11:54-04:00By |Categories: Around the Web, Autism, Events, General, Inclusion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Presented and discussed will be the importance of inclusion and friendship for youth with disabilities. The cast and of the acclaimed feature documentary, Wretches & Jabberers will be joined by The National Center on Inclusive Education’s Mary Schuh, PhD, and Tampa advocate, 13 year old, Henry Frost.

April and Autism Acceptance at Tampa Theatre

2016-11-10T10:11:54-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Autism, Editor's Picks, Entertainment, Events, General, Inclusive Education, Media Representation, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Foundation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Get your advocacy on. April and Autism Acceptance is in Tampa. The rock stars of disability advocacy- Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette- are back.

Ollibean Art for Change at USF: April. Autism. Advocacy. Acceptance.

2016-11-10T10:11:54-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Autism, Entertainment, Events, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Foundation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A day of inclusive education, community acceptance, and self-advocacy at USF with Academy Award Winning Director and Stars of the Acclaimed Documentary Wretches & Jabberers, NCIE's Mary Schuh, PhD, and Tampa advocate Henry Frost. CARD (The Center for Autism and Related Disorders) at the University of South Florida) will host at USF's Marshall Hall.

Ido In Autismland

2016-11-10T10:11:59-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Assistive Technology, Editor's Picks, General, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We love Ido In Autismland, a blog by Ido a young autistic advocate who types to communicate.

My Civil Rights

2016-11-10T10:12:06-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Henry, Henry Frost, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inclusion, Martin Luther King, Jr, The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and education.

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

2016-11-10T10:12:07-04:00By |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

Amy Sequenzia:Dear Mainstream Media

2016-11-10T10:12:07-04:00By |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.

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.

14th Annual Autism Summer Institute August 6th -8th

2013-01-18T21:48:39-04:00By |Categories: Editor's Picks, Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Express Yourself: Supporting Communication through the Arts, Advocacy, and Education. Aug 6th -8th. Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue Concord, New Hampshire

Self-Advocacy, Inclusion, Communication, and Friendship Roadtrip 2012

2017-01-16T10:32:06-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, Ollibean Family|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our three week Roadtrip has begun. Syracuse, then on to New Hampshire and the Autism Summer Institute.

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

2013-12-30T18:14:26-04:00By |Categories: Assistive Technology, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MyVoice is a new app, available for Apple and Android

The Lancet:The health of deaf people: communication breakdown

2016-11-10T10:12:17-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Articles, General, Lifestyle, Medical|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Andrew Alexander discusses how deaf people are often alienated from accessing the UK health-care system and what needs to be done to change this.

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