Amy Sequenzia

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Template:Use mdy dates Amy Sequenzia is an American non-verbal autistic prominent in the field of autism and disability activism. She is known for voluminous writings that are produced through facilitated communication and published under her name.[1]


Sequenzia was born in Miami and grew up in a community group home in St. Louis where there was a better special education program.Template:Sfn Sequenzia moved back to Florida in 2005.[2] She has cerebral palsy,[3] and is a member of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.[4] Writings and other commentary attributed to Sequenzia include poetry,[2] contributions to the book Loud Hands,Template:Sfn and a speech to the Florida Legislature on issues relating to health and people with disabilities.[5] In speaking panels, she uses a special iPad that "speaks" for her based on input typed by a facilitator.Template:Sfn

According to her facilitated communications, she self-identifies as a "non-speaking Autistic", preferring to use the capital letter as a mark of pride "because it is my identity and cannot be separated from me", and says she is "not ashamed" of her condition.[6] Additional statements have included telling parents not to try and "fix" their children, but to celebrate and endorse who they are so they will be "safe to live disabled",[7][8] and criticizing Temple Grandin for only focusing on and listening to high-functioning autistics.[9]


  1. Bakan, Michael B. (2018) (in en). Speaking for Ourselves: Conversations on Life, Music, and Autism. Oxford University Press. pp. 201–216. ISBN 9780190855833. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Corona, Laura (July 29, 2010). "CATA Poets Speak Their Minds Tonight". North Adams Transcript. 
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  4. Korkiakangas, Terhi (May 30, 2018) (in en). Communication, Gaze and Autism: A Multimodal Interaction Perspective. Routledge. ISBN 9781317221258. 
  5. Berman, Dave (December 13, 2012). "Range of Issues Discussed". Florida Today. 
  6. Parker, Sydney (March 20, 2015). "Autism: does ABA therapy open society's doors to children, or impose conformity?". The Guardian. Retrieved June 19, 2019. 
  7. "Disability rights and reproductive rights don't have to be in conflict". LA Times. August 29, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2019. 
  8. Template:Cite magazine
  9. "Things You Should Never Say to An Autistic". San Francisco Chronicle. August 12, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2019. 


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