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

Assumptions and Ableism

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

I've recently read an article about how some researches are

Autism and Stubbornness

2016-11-10T10:11:25-04:00By |Categories: Author, Autism, blog, General, Judy Endow|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am an autistic woman. Most of my life people

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.

Respectfully Connected: Journeys in Parenting and Neurodivergence

2016-11-10T10:11:29-04:00By |Categories: Autism, Autism Resources, blog, Developmental Disabilities, General, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Resources, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

We are all about respect, so of course, Respectfully Connected is a Resource We Love!

Person First Attitude Trumps Language

2016-11-10T10:11:43-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Author, blog, Conversation Starters, Judy Endow|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Am I a person with autism or autistic? Does it matter? And why?

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?

Mother

2016-11-10T10:11:49-04:00By |Categories: Amy Sequenzia, Amy Sequenzia, Author, blog, Editor's Picks, General, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is for every person who embodies the meaning of motherhood. This is for the ones who nurture and protect, who never consider their lives more important than the lives of the ones being nourished, educated, protected and loved.

Listen Up

2016-11-10T10:11:53-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, blog, General, Henry Frost, Inclusion, Media Representation, Neurodiversity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Listen Up! the PSA from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Autism Acceptance Month has been released!

A Generational Shift in Understanding Life With Down Syndrome

2016-11-10T10:11:53-04:00By |Categories: Articles, Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Featured (Homepage), General, Lifestyle, Parenting Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

"You cannot know if someone else's life is worth living without asking them and without even knowing them."

Autism Acceptance Month

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"Acceptance is an action." Autism Acceptance Month from the brilliant folks

Neurodiversity IS the Next Civil Rights Movement

2016-11-10T10:11:55-04:00By |Categories: blog, Developmental Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Education, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"When we talk about inclusion what we're talking about is diversity." Audra Zucherman, co-founder, The IDEAL School .The IDEAL School practices full inclusion while nurturing their students abilities to create real change in the world through compassion and self- empowerment.

I Feel Tired

2016-11-10T10:11:56-04:00By |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.

I Am Autistic and I Know What Autism Is

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

Amy Sequenzia: To You, Young Autistic Friend

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

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

Presume My Competence

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

Focus on My Strengths

2016-11-10T10:12:06-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, General, Henry, Henry Frost, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

#4 Please focus on My Strengths. I have many. We all do.

Top 10 Things Autistic Self Advocate Needs Teachers to Know : # 3

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

Top ten things I want you to know. Number 3: Please talk directly to me, not to my support person.

Autistic Student’s Top 10 List for Teachers of Students with Special Needs #2

2015-10-28T20:27:11-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, blog, General, Henry, Henry Frost|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top ten things Autistic student wants teachers, therapists and friends to know about students with special needs... they may be shocking to some of you, but hopefully to most they are exactly what you expect. Here's number 2.