Day 26. Autism Month continues …
Today I wanted to share the amazing story of Carly Fleishmann. Carly is a twin and at the age of two she was diagnosed with severe autism.
From Carly ….
My name is Carly Fleischmann and as long as I can remember I’ve been diagnosed with autism.
I am not able to talk out of my mouth, however I have found another way to communicate by spelling on my computer. (and yes that is me typing on the computer by myself)
I used to think I was the only kid with autism who communicates by spelling but last year I met a group of kids that communicate the same way. In fact some are even faster at typing then I am.
A few years ago a story about my life was shown on ABC news, CNN and CTV here in Canada.
After my story was played I kept on getting lots of emails from moms, dads, kids and people from different countries asking me all sorts of questions about autism.
I think people get a lot of their information from so-called experts but I think what happens is that experts can’t give an explanation to certain questions. How can you explain something you have not lived or if you don’t know what it’s like to have it? If a horse is sick, you don’t ask a fish what’s wrong with the horse. You go right to the horse’s mouth. http://carlysvoice.com/home/aboutcarly/
Isn’t she amazing and inspiring? For some years now I have kept up to date with what Carly is doing by reading her twitter posts and watching her Facebook page. I’ve put her website address and facebook page address below if you’re interested in learning more.
Watch this clip to learn more about Carly’s story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34xoYwLNpvw
If you watch the link on “Carly’s Cafe” below you can experience life from Carly’s perspective as she visits a coffee shop with her Dad and sister. See and hear what she experiences in this environment. It will teach you an awful lot about how life is for individuals on the Autistic spectrum.
Carly can teach us all more in a few short moments than experts have been trying to learn about this condition for many, many years. She is so generous with her time and her knowledge. Carly gives hope to so many people who have children with Autism who are non-verbal or who themselves cannot speak. She is simply remarkable. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about this very remarkable young lady. Please share this story with your friends.