It may be like turning the Titanic, but maybe once we start to build momentum and inertia takes over, there will actually be a paradigm shift that will change the lives of countless incredible, bright and often misunderstood individuals. We are missing out on so many gifts and insights. If people only knew!
My heart is beating fast just thinking about how I feel every time my son, Dillan, shares his thoughts with me. Everything from simple opinions, to funny stories, and profound insights. It's life changing for all of us. He feels like his life began when he started to communicate. That's not an easy thing for a mother to hear, but it's honest, and I can only imagine how limited his world was when he had no way to express himself.
Today, things are finally moving in the right direction. I must admit that it is taking Dillan a bit longer to become fluid in his typing with me than it has with some others. That being said, we are getting “our groove” and improving every day. We will have to work together to sort through the pain, frustration and hopelessness that Dillan experienced all of those years, but it's never too late to find a voice…never too late!
We all need communication. Real communication.
As Larry Bissonnette (from "Wretches and Jabberers") said so well at a recent event: "Operating pictures on a board brings you cheeseburger, typing lets you create the menu."