When Tracy was there for me without support in that hotel lobby, autistically I saw a future that did not exist before. Since that time, many things have happened to seriously expand that experience and insight. For me, Tracy will be unforgettable as a door opener to a new world of possibilities.
The most unforgettable person among many others for me, participating at the Syracuse University Institute for Supported Typing, was Tracy Thresher. From the moment I arrived, he greeted all of us in the lobby of the hotel with a real and comforting presence. Doing that made it okay to be autistic among a population of otherwise identifiable normals. We autistically challenged are just unique – islands in our experience of everyday challenges, unable to do so many things without physical assistance. We are always unfree of others.