Stories and connections from OCALI’s ongoing work of inspiring change and promoting access for people with disabilities.
”May the Power Be With You”: The Margaret Burley Family Impact Award
Since 2016, OCALI has awarded the Margaret Burley Family Impact Award to a parent or professional who has made a significant impact on the lives of families of those with disabilities. But who is Margaret Burley? And why is her work, impact, and legacy important enough to memorialize and honor through this annual award? We discuss with Donna Owens, OCALI’s former director of the Family and Community Outreach Center and unofficial resident historian. Links: Ohio Coalition for the Education of Students with Disabilities | Margaret Burley Family Impact Award
“Those Children Are Going to Be Very Different”: The Ongoing Work of Building A Diverse and Inclusive Society
Sheila Graschinsky is the president and CEO of Fundación Ian, an organization in Buenos Aires focused on promoting a diverse and inclusive society. She collaborated with Mundoloco CGI to produce the short animated film Ian, which is based on a real-life experience involving Sheila and her son, Ian. It’s a powerful piece that addresses discrimination and bullying and helps all of us understand why inclusion and diversity are so critically important to our society.
The Smell of the Room is a Fire in My Nose: A Conversation on Autism and Trauma
Kim Clairy, OTR/L, and Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L, challenge us to step beyond traditional thinking and understanding of trauma and reflect on how trauma is defined and experienced differently by people on the autism spectrum – including complications that can occur involving sensory challenges, social isolation, communication difficulties, and more. Kim further illustrates her own experiences with different forms of trauma in her life by sharing some of her candid and deeply personal poetry and writing. Learn more at kimclairy.com and kelly-mahler.com
Baked Into the Process: Advancing Equitable Outcomes Through the Lens of Social Justice
New! The Rewind podcast series features speakers, sessions, and stories from OCALICON – the premier autism and disabilities conference. Dr. Charles Barrett is a nationally-certified school psychologist, as well as a writer, musician, and teacher from Northern Virginia. His work is anchored by a focus on justice and equity, which represents his unwavering commitment to advocating for populations that have been marginalized by systemic oppression. Follow him at charlesbarrett.org. Twitter: @_charlesbarrett Instagram: @charlesabarrett
Inclusion is the Future: A Conversation with Dani Bowman
Dani Bowman is an animator, filmmaker, author, teacher, student, and entrepreneur from Southern California. We first met in the summer of 2012 while she was teaching an animation camp to kids and young adults at our offices in Columbus. Dani was still in high school at the time. Fast forward eight years, and we wanted to check in and see how things are going – with her animation company, her continued studies, her animation camps, and her ongoing mission to change the world’s perception of autism. Learn more about Dani’s projects and her online animation courses at her website.
An Inspiring Conversation with Kevin Miller
We catch up with director Kevin Miller from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities at the ODNR park at the Ohio State Fair.