The Benefits of Real Food

2016-11-10T10:11:34-05:00By |Categories: blog, General, Nutrition, Ollibean Family, Parenting, Parenting Newsletter, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Guest post from Chasing the Spring's Dani Johnson on the life changing benefits of a blenderized diet made for her daughter. We were drawn to the great recipes Dani shares as well as her experience of learning from adult g-tube users.

Autism, Airports and Lifelong Learning

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: Author, blog, Books You Need, Education, General, Judy Endow, Lifestyle, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For most of my life airports have befuddled me. It

Is Autism a Disability or a Difference?

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Author, Autism, blog, General, Judy Endow, Neurodiversity, Resources We Love, Search Categories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So many ideas in the larger autism community often become

The Importance of Opportunity

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, General, Henry Recommends, Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Search Categories, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dillan Barmache, a 14 year old autistic student, delivers his powerful 8th grade commencement speech using his iPad and brings the crowd to their feet.

Losing an Autism Diagnosis

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy Resources, Author, blog, Books You Need, General, Judy Endow|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am an almost 60-year-old autistic woman who can navigate

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

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |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

Skunk Hair, Autism and Social Understanding

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: Author, blog, Books You Need, General, Judy Endow, Lifestyle|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is a saying, “love makes the world go round,”

Dan Habib: Disabling Segregation

2016-11-10T10:11:35-05:00By |Categories: blog, Cross Disability, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Inclusive Education, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dan Habib's Tedx Talk on the importance of inclusion, belonging

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all : Paula Kluth

2016-11-10T10:11:43-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Assistive Technology, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General, Inclusive Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher

We Are Not In Our Own World

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |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.”

Ollibean Baseball Camp

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Developmental Disabilities, Events, Ollibean Foundation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Great week at Ollibean Baseball Camp! Thank you to all the great Ballplayers and Counselors who made it so much fun. We still have some spots for this week- August 12 through 16, 8:30 am to 11:30 am. It's free!

Disabilty and Civil Rights: Standing On the Right Side of History

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"If we were to go back to the 1960s and we were to talk to those leaders who were vehemently against desegregation, we would hear the conviction in their voices of them stating why they believe their decisions and what they were doing to those children were just. Just as I believe that some of you and some of the board members that have spoken believe that their decisions are just. But, I fear that the Hillsborough County School Board is standing on the wrong side of history."

Inclusion is a right not a privilege.

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Parenting, Search Categories, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inclusion is not only socially just, but research shows it improves academic outcomes for all students.

I Am Here To Make A Difference For My People

2016-11-10T10:11:47-05:00By |Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy In Action, Author, blog, Cross Disability, Disability Rights, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusion, Inclusion Videos, Inclusive Education, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Brothers & Sisters, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"I am here to make a difference for my people. I hope that you listen to what I have to say. I want people like you to stop judging me." Tres Whitlock

Ollibean Inclusive Baseball Camp August 5-16

2016-11-10T10:11:48-05:00By |Categories: Events, Inclusion, Ollibean Foundation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hope you can join us for our 2nd Annual Ollibean Inclusive Baseball Camp at Palma Ceia Little League. 2 sessions August 5- 9, and August 12-16.

Ollibean Spotlight: Kerima Cevik Pay It Forward Activist

2016-11-10T10:11:48-05:00By |Categories: blog, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Parenting, Resources We Love|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"Equal access, level playing field, dignity, respect for my son and all his community. No separate classrooms separate doors or isolation from others. See I’m a woman of color. When I began my education you could still see the Colored Only bathrooms in the Deep South. If you put my son in one room and say he is not good enough to be where the law says he should be, with his peers, then red flags of segregation fly up at me. Many parents of color feel the wrongness of it organically, but they have been convinced that their neurodiverse children are not good enough for their neighborhood school and that their children are a distraction or threat to typical children in some way. The different operating system in their child’s brain throws them off, particularly when maladaptive behaviors are in the mix. It leaves them feeling guilty, helpless, afraid their kids will come to harm, and they listen to anyone, even if their gut tells them the advice is unjust. I am and advocate of Universal Design for Learning. I think my son can be with his peers in age as well as ability and everyone can benefit." Kerima Cevik

AAC Helps Learners with Complex Communication Needs Reach Their Full Potential

2016-11-10T10:11:48-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Accessibility, Assistive Technology, blog, Editor's Picks, Featured (Homepage), General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

" A lot of these kids end up not reaching their full potential because they suffer from low expectations. People think they don't speak well, so we shouldn't have them in the regular classroom, but a lot of the kids I work with, they're cognitively fine. They're perfectly capable. They just need a viable means of communication to really help them through that." Cathy Binger

PrAACtical AAC | Presuming Competence and Using The Least Dangerous Assumption

2016-11-10T10:11:49-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Ableism, Articles, Assistive Technology, Autism, blog, Cross Disability, Editor's Picks, General, Inclusive Education, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PrAACtical AAC's latest post on the importance of presuming competence.

Believing in Your Child and Why It Matters

2016-11-10T10:11:49-05:00By |Categories: AAC, Autism, blog, Cerebral Palsy, Cross Disability, Forums, General, Inclusion, Lauri Swann Hunt, Ollibean Brothers & Sisters, Ollibean Family, Ollibean Mama Spotlight, Ollibean Thought Leaders, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

"No one affects a child's day, dreams and future like a mother. Of course we are never perfect, but perfect is never the goal." Tonya Whitlock

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