11 Year Old Jacob On The Right Thing To DO

2016-11-10T10:11:43-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, Advocacy, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Henry Recommends, Inclusion, Neurodiversity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I said a long time ago that I would not only be an real student In a school that supports me but also a self advocate for those lost in segregated settings echoing the dreaded lives of people in the world that are like me without the right supports.

Ollibean Spotlight: Renee Salas

2016-11-10T10:11:48-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, Autism, blog, Books You Need, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Lifestyle, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Parenting, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

" Talk to people with disabilities. As many as you can: Adults, adolescents, kids. These people are the real experts on disabilities. These are the people that can tell you what life with a disability is like." Renee Salas

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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.

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.

Advice from Someone Who Has Been There

2016-11-10T10:11:59-04:00By |Categories: Ableism, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Neurodiversity, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I love Larry Bissonnette- artist and disability rights activist. If

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.

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.

Henry’s Road to Inclusion Part 1

2017-01-16T10:18:39-04:00By |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

2016-11-10T10:12:02-04:00By |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

2016-11-10T10:12:02-04:00By |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

2017-01-16T10:19:50-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, blog, General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Henry wrote about inclusion for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network,

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.

I Stand With Henry

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

What Henry is doing is advocating for his rights, at the same time that he reminds us of our own rights and about how far we still have to go.

I am the 20 % and the RNC

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

Henry takes his bi-partisan message of inclusion and civil rights for all to the Republican National Convention.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ollibean Think Tank Member Amy Sequenzia

2016-11-10T10:12:08-04:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Amy Sequenzia, blog, General, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Amy Sequenzia is a poet and autistic self-advocate. Her writing is as beautiful and powerful as she is. She is an extraordinary voice in the disability rights community .

Change Leader: Larry Bissonette

2016-11-10T10:12:11-04:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Think Tank|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our first Change Leader is artist and disability rights advocate, Larry Bissonnette. Larry's art, writing, presentations, and films are changing perceptions about disability around the world. His quote in Wretches & Jabberers, "More like you than not" says it all.

Deaf Olympic hopeful uses social media to fight discrimination

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

Marcus Titus, top U.S. breaststroker, rallied for change and got it. USA Swimming will allow the use of hand signals to accomodate Deaf swimmers at the summer Olympic trials.