Autistic Burnout and Aging

Judy Endow Examines the Interplay Between Autistic Burnout and Aging Last week I returned from a vacation that I had been dreaming of taking for several years. I had booked my vacation quite a long time

Autism, Direct Instruction and Having Friends

Autism, Direct Instruction and Having Friends by Judy Endow Social Understanding and Communication Social understanding and communication are two areas impacted by autism neurology. The way this plays out is different from one autistic individual

Judy Endow
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Judy Endow, MSW is an author, artist, and international speaker on a variety of autism-related topics.
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Teaching Abstract Concepts to Literal Thinkers

Autistic consultant Judy Endow's strategies for teaching abstract concepts to literal thinkers. Teaching Abstract Concepts to Literal Thinkers During the holiday season people are sometimes rushed and frazzled due to the extra activities and expectations

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Autistic Neurology and Behavior

Judy Endow explains how understanding autistic neurology shifts our perceptions and enables us to support autistic students. "Besides being kind and being the right thing to do, it is far more expedient to support

Why the Disability Community Is Grieving

11-9 by Judy Endow Our grief is deep. 11-9 feels so much to our disability community like 9-11 to our society. Our grief is deep. We are not being overly dramatic. Yes, 9-11 saw

Henry Frost
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Henry Frost is an author and advocate for equal education and access.
  • All disabled people need to know we are together fighting. Not just adults. All kids need to know the big community . Meeting people like me who made the choices of life changed all. Then I am knowing I want this life. It is hard to not have once you see.

This Is Autism by Henry Frost

Best place for all autistic people, all disabled not disabled people, all families to speak together. Speak together for acceptance, inclusion, communication, and rights for all people. I am thinking when you look closely, this is what autism is.

You are not wrong.

Know you are not a burden or trouble for being. You are a person who has every right to be. A family that is saying love but saying you are so hard so wrong for not being as they wanted. The family is wrong. Not You. A school segregating is wrong. Not You.There are many if the disability community that are here for you.

Amy Sequenzia
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Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights.
  • They make money, and they inflate their egos, by trying to make us look less Autistic. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • Their fear is: if they were to acknowledge that we have words, and that we are the authors of our typed communication, their professional status would be damaged because they would have been outed as the bigots they are. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • They fail in their professional knowledge of disabilities by not understanding accommodations, accessibility, and disability itself, and they fail to see us as independent thinkers, human beings who don't need, or don't want to "perform" to them in their chosen time, pace, form, place, and to their general neurotypical expectation. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

Communication and “Autism Specialists”

by Amy Sequenzia From time to time I find myself writing about typed communication, and how Autistic typists are devalued by "autism specialists". There is a very vocal group of people - the "autism experts"

Epilepsy, And Living Epileptic

Epilepsy I am writing this as, partly, a rant. I don't want pity, and I don't feel sorry for myself. If you think you need to “feel” something, feel anger at the lack of

  • Having supports does not take away our dignity, it makes our lives dignified. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • the pain of those who are not ill should not matter more than the life of another human being. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • Our lives became very “valuable” when our forced deaths are considered – by other people – a reasonable option. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • For the people who might be in real pain there are options that don’t require a flawed law that deny some of us the right to want to live. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean
  • Every human being has dignity. Amy Sequenzia on Ollibean

Disability, Dignity and Cost

Disability, Dignity and "Cost" by Amy Sequenzia Warning: I am going to mention "Right to Die With Dignity" legislation, my position, and other non black-and-white issues. I am against legislation that states the "dignity" of

Lauri Swann Hunt
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Advocate committed to inclusion & social justice, proud mother of three wonderful humans, and part of the team that started Ollibean.

ALL Students Should Be Safe at School

I spoke at Hillsborough County School District's board meeting on September 9, 2014 to address safety concerns for students with disabilities after Tamya Johson, a nine year old student on the autism spectrum was left

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The Impact of 250 Words on Literacy

Ollibean Literacy Lifehacks : Tools for parents and care providers without education backgrounds to easily provide literacy instruction. Sign up for our free Flashcards of the 250 Words that represent over two-thirds of captioned television.

All children should grow up feeling loved accepted and whole. Not just at home, but in their schools and communities.

Over 30 years of research shows that ALL students do better in inclusive educational settings – both socially and academically.

High expectations and access to rich academic content benefits each and every child.

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