OCALI Family Favorites


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Here you'll find what OCALI staff and Advisory Board members are reading, watching and listening to, and what they have to say on a number of topics.


Kelli Yeagley works as a project assistant supporting the Autism Certification Center and Online Learning Center. As an autistic/disabled person herself, she focuses much of her work on community outreach and disability education, resource development, and inclusion/accessibility advocacy. Here are Kelli’s picks:

Season 2 of ABC’s sitcom Speechless is back! The show follows the everyday life of JJ Dimeo, a teenager with Cerebral Palsy, his family, direct support professional, Kenneth, fellow high school students and educators. While there is a lot of work still to be done in terms of authentic disability representation in media — casting actor Mika Fowler in the lead role as well as featuring guest stars including OCALICON’s 2016 Keynote Speaker, comedian, author, and Youtube personality, Zach Anner, both of whom have Cerebral Palsy, is a great step in the right direction.

I have just finished reading On The Edge of Gone a sci-fi/fantasy novel that follows sixteen year old Denise, who is autistic, as she and her family navigate the aftermath of a devastating comet impact. The book is written by Corinne Davis, an autistic and otherwise disabled author.

Lending Library

The lending library is a free and easy-to-access resource for families. You can search for items you’re interested in or check out our "Top 10" list for families.

  1. Autism: Now What? The Primer for Parents by Abby Ward Collins
  2. Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by Tony Attwood
  3. The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration by Patricia Rownaowski Bashe
  4. Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum: How to Recognise Common Sleep Difficulties by Kenneth J. Aitken
  5. Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships: Adults Speak Out About Asperger Syndrome by Genevieve Edmonds
  6. I Have Autism: A Child’s First Look at Autism by Pat Crissey
  7. It’s Not a Perfect World, But I’ll Take It by Jennifer Rose
  8. Delicate Threads: Friendships Between Children with and Without Special Needs in Inclusive Settings by Debbie Staub
  9. Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin
  10. Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic by Donna Williams
Lending Library

Lending Library

Borrow books, videotapes, DVDs, and other media on autism spectrum disorders and low-incidence disabilities from OCALI's online lending library. Resources shipped to Ohioans at no cost.