Thursday, April 21, 2011

Shouting from the Mountain Tops at Walk Now


If you are going to be in the Southern California area this Saturday, I will be giving a speech at  Walk Now for Autism Speaks http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=442586 around ten in the morning. I will go up with the Miracle Project Fly singers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ta_0WKhV-7w and they will sing and I will share my ideas.

I am so honored to be included. It is a huge event. So many autism professionals, families, and people. I want the point of view of non-verbal people heard loudly. From the mountain tops and over the oceans I want people to know that not speaking is not the same as not thinking; that poor fine motor is not the same as not thinking; that impulsive actions are different than not understanding right from wrong; that poor facial affect is not the same as having no feelings; that boring people to death is denying them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In my silent years I thought about what I would say to an audience like this if I had the chance. I dreamed of Moses in my mind saying, “Let my people go!” You all know I am a thinker on Moses as I have shown in several essays. It was a thought I had in my internal prison imagining I could be freed by someone. I dreamed of talking, of course.

But I am not free because I talk. I don’t talk. I am free because I can express my ideas in pointing to letters, in typing, in my blog and in my speeches. 

I am not lonely now.

5 comments:

  1. Hi my prophet and rav,
    Let the truth ring out on Saturday! I will be with you in spirit.
    Lots of love,
    Jackie

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  2. Wish I could be there. I'm sure you'll be great. Keep shouting your message!

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  3. That is awesome! Especially, "Boring people to death is denying them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" -- You have such good insights and a great way with words!

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  4. I stumbled across your blog, I love your outlook on life, My son is 3 as has just been diagnosed with autism, Verbal Communication is his biggest struggle. I Love that God has been working in your life to see the positives through struggles! I will be following your blog!

    God Bless!

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  5. I'm so happy for your that you can write!! God Bless you.

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