I missed most of my educational opportunity being placed in “Life-skills” with some others like me and some who are more truly unable to answer the questions. We “learned” the ABCs, how to tell time, and how to count money and listen to stories over and over again, year after year. For two years, I was also in Applied Behavior Therapy and Verbal Behavior Therapy. I’ll write about these experiences in the future. Some of my old friends are still stuck in silence.
The mission of this site is to open a window into the world of disability, especially to our population wrestling autism who are often mislabeled as “low intelligence”. I want to help families and schools connect with our real intelligence, personality and potential. I want us to be better able to express our love and appreciation and more fully participate in our own medical treatment and education. I want to dispel myths and misunderstandings that impede these connections. I was mislabeled as mentally incompetent and low intelligence for most of my childhood.
My essays share my history, purpose and future. Please take a quick moment to read a few. You might begin with “Behind the Frosted Window“, “Autism“, “A Voice for All“, and my first essay “Story About a Problem“. I write often so please come back. Sign up for my RSS feed. This website will be very active and fill with resources and real experts, including we capable, hidden, excellent thinkers who can sometimes help parents discover solutions to behavioral issues.
This site is dedicated to those who are still trapped in the silence of non-communication and their families, and to Laura Poorman, who freed me from the misery of isolation. If I am Helen Keller, Poorman is my Annie Sullivan.
Here are some other creations of mine:
Where I came from and where I am going in 4 paragraphs – for a school project.