Parents, Are You Listening To Your Child?

2016-11-10T10:11:24-04:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, Autism, blog, Neurodiversity, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

As a non-speaking Autistic, I pay special attention to comments and statements made by parents of other non-speaking Autistics, especially children. Many times I see parents lamenting that they will never listen to their Autistic child say "I love you", or how much they long to hear those words.

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

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,

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.

Life for Lief ~ “See Me As Smart”

2016-11-10T10:11:37-04:00By |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

Hopes

2016-11-10T10:11:38-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, General, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I might be too optimistic for the reality, but I need HOPE to be able to keep demanding the rights taken away from me, just because I am me.

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.”

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.

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

2016-11-10T10:11:55-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Articles, Assistive Technology, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education, Resources We Love, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Pat Mervine has a great website and is the author

It is About Respect

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

2016-11-10T10:12:01-04:00By |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

2016-11-10T10:12:01-04:00By |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.

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.

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

HALO

2016-11-10T10:12:13-04:00By |Categories: Autism Resources, Inclusive Education, Parenting, Resources, Resources We Love, Therapies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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