On Not Being “Pretty”

2016-11-10T10:11:25-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Cerebral Palsy, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My friend Cara wrote this awesome article about being "ugly"

Accommodations – They Make All The Difference

2016-11-10T10:11:25-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, Autism, blog, General, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Accommodations are important and they work. I should not be

Celebrating My Life

2019-03-28T16:55:07-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, Autism, blog, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Celebrating My Life  Amy Sequenzia won't stop celebrating her autistic,

Cry Me a River, Katrina Percy. Justice for LB!

2016-11-10T10:11:35-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, Conversation Starters, Disability Rights, Featured (Homepage), General, Sarah Levis, Think Tank, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I originally wrote this piece for the blog 107daysofaction.wordpress.com. I

Sesame Street, This is an Autistic Speaking

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Entertainment, General, Media Representation, Search Categories, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sesame Street knew nobody was missing, or lacking, anything. I was perfect! Everyone is perfect! But in real life, as I grew older, doctors and teachers convinced everyone that I was too broken to be worthy of any effort toward education and a future. Nobody saw me the way I was seen by my friends at Sesame Street.

Being Disabled and in the Hospital

2016-11-10T10:11:36-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Cerebral Palsy, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Being disabled and in hospitals is always scary because our lives is not valued as the lives of non-disabled. I was, in a way, lucky but the policies still need a lot of improvement.

Amy Sequenzia: Does it matter?

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

2013 Top Ten Signs of Special Ed Advocate Burn Out

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

Subtitle: Why you may need a trip to a COPAA

Law Would Give Parents Final Say About Special Diploma Track

2016-11-10T10:11:50-04:00By |Categories: Articles, Editor's Picks, Education, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A proposed law moving quickly through the Legislature would give parents of kids receiving special education services the final say about their child’s placement on a special diploma track.

Retention is Not a Form of “Specialized Instruction”

2016-11-10T10:11:54-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The school wanted to retain my son who has an

Appropriate Education for Your Child – 02/15/2013

2013-02-16T10:06:13-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Unfortunately, our guest Howard Glasser, was unavailable for this morning's

Grit Media

2013-06-17T16:37:41-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Grit Media promotes the rights and aspirations of people with

Q&A: IDEA and child care

2013-01-05T17:37:36-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This 4-page brief explains the basics of the Individuals with

IEP Team Member Apology: A Template for “Not Knowing It All – After All”

2012-12-29T21:22:02-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you just committed a real faux pas but find

Ollibean: All of a kind

2016-11-10T10:12:02-04:00By |Categories: blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Lifestyle, Think Tank, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The faces of Ollibean are kids with and without disabilities all trying to make the world a better place.

Adding the I to IEP: H is at the table

2015-02-16T10:10:09-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Articles, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We worked with the wonderful team at H’s Distributed Learning

Special ed in distress A few schools get it right, but complaints and lawsuits are mounting against a troubled program serving 7,000 Seattle students.

2012-10-21T10:55:44-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Five years ago, a high-profile report found that Seattle's public-school

Why Won’t the School Provide Homebound Instruction?

2012-10-19T16:14:26-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My child’s doctor recommended homebound instruction. The school said they

Supporting Young Autistics

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

AAPC Publishing Releases Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students With Special Needs

2012-10-02T11:58:51-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Integrate learning objectives with therapeutic supports and necessary modifications right

The Case for Inclusion Part Two: What Does Inclusion Look Like?

2016-11-10T10:12:06-04:00By |Categories: blog, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It should always be the objective of public education to serve all students no matter what their disability label. It should always be the objective to give the right amount of support for all children.

A Sensory Garden for Zoë and Oliver

2016-11-10T10:12:06-04:00By |Categories: blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Lifestyle, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of Ollibean's contributors, the lovely and amazing, Julie Lohoefener of Bloom Garden Shop, let's us in on some great tips on creating a non-toxic Sensory Garden with your kids.

USC’s Special Ed Infographic

2016-11-10T10:12:06-04:00By |Categories: Articles, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to Making Special Education Actually Work, the official blog

Amy Sequenzia : Friendship and Respect

2016-11-10T10:12:06-04:00By |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.