Launched in 2016, the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI works to increase access and equity for students and families who are impacted by blindness or deafness. The Outreach Center helps to connect resources, training, supports, and relationships so that communities can empower and equip students with what they need, when they need it, to grow, learn, and live their best lives. Continue reading “The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness: Building Relationships and Connecting People Across Ohio”
By Michelle Motil, Family Support Liaison, Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness
For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help kids. It’s tough being a kid, particularly a kid with a disability. If there’s anything I can do to help make kids’ lives easier and their futures better, I want to do it. Continue reading “My Passion for Inspiring Kids with Disabilities”
“As the mother of a daughter with autism and someone who works for an organization that supports individuals with autism and other disabilities, I have been able to connect my personal life with my professional life. Because of this, I have a beautiful lens from which to view life with my daughter and with the individuals and families I support through my job.” Continue reading “Julie Short and the Autism Center at OCALI: Connecting Her Personal and Professional Lives to Serve Others”
By Angela Krile and Ron Rogers, OCALI
“For me, in my heart, what I do – it’s not about me. We are servants of servants – our job is to build relationships and speak and lead from the heart.”
When asked about the work he does leading the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Center at OCALI, Ron Rogers is all about the relationship – and how what he does impacts those relationships between students and those who work with them every day. Continue reading “Ron Rogers and The Universal Design for Learning Center at OCALI – Where the Heart Leads the Head”
By Angela Krile and Carly McVey, OCALI
How one high school program has come full circle through OCALICON
Tim* would just walk the halls alone…he wasn’t causing trouble, so people just let him walk.
Sydney was looking for a way to make a difference in her school….but she didn’t know exactly what she was looking for. Until she found it.
by Vicki Knisely, OCALI
The OCALI Lending Library gives access to over 5,000 resources for any resident of Ohio who is 18 years or older. Our resources include books, DVD’s, assessment tools, and a wide variety of assistive technology. OCALI strives to provide items at the cutting edge of the industry and publishing worlds. Continue reading “OCALI Lending Library”
By Kelli Yeagley, OCALI
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the concept of “autism” did not begin with glossy ad campaigns, blue light bulbs, and puzzle-themed bumper stickers. Though definitions have slowly adapted to become more inclusive in recent years, the vague outlines of terms like autism and schizophrenia can be traced back to the early 1900’s. Psychiatrist (and noted eugenicist), Paul Eugen Bleuler first used the term autism to describe states within schizophrenia itself. Decades later, Drs. Lorna Wing, Judith Gould, Hans Asperger, Leo Kanner changed things up — emphasizing the importance of social communication, social thinking, and social imagination and working to disconnect it’s previous link with schizophrenia.
They, along with many others, laid the groundwork for a diagnosis that would be considered unique unto itself. Though limited by the scientific knowledge and political climate of their time, this differentiation began dismantling the idea that parents were responsible for their children’s differences and instead attempted to shift the conversation toward natural (e.g. genetic) beginnings, awareness, and acceptance. Continue reading “History Lesson”