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From My Perspective
OCALI Family Center’s weekly podcast
Hear from people with disabilities, their families, friends, coworkers and neighbors. You’ll hear about everyday life, passions, interests, opinions. You’ll be inspired, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry (or at least we did), but more importantly you’ll better understand what life is like…from our perspective. Click here for transcript.
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.
Staff Picks Featuring Kelli Yeagley
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.
"Top 10" List for Families
The top 10 most popular books requested by families in the free Lending Library.
- Autism: Now What? The Primer for Parents
by Abby Ward Collins
- Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome
by Tony Attwood
- The Oasis Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Advice, Support, Insights, and Inspiration
by Patricia Rownaowski Bashe
- Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum: How to Recognise Common Sleep Difficulties
by Kenneth J. Aitken
- Asperger Syndrome and Social Relationships: Adults Speak Out About Asperger Syndrome
by Genevieve Edmonds
- I Have Autism: A Child’s First Look at Autism
by Pat Crissey
- It’s Not a Perfect World, But I’ll Take It
by Jennifer Rose
- Delicate Threads: Friendships Between Children with and Without Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
by Debbie Staub
- Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism
by Temple Grandin
- Nobody Nowhere: The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Autistic
by Donna Williams