Carly Fleischmann blogs about her journey with autism
Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010
For all of you who know about me and have followed me on my blog, carlysvoice.com, how cool is this? For all of you hearing about me and my story or reading this blog for the first time, my name is Carly Fleischmann and I have autism. I also have apraxia that prevents me from speaking with my mouth. I have learned how to communicate through the help of technology and now I am able to shed some light on the myths and misperceptions about autism.
I have always said that doctors and so-called experts only know a little piece about autism. How could they know the real pieces of autism when they aren't inside our heads and living with it for their whole lives. My hope with writing this blog is to help teach and educate people about autism and at the same time share with you a glimpse of my life, a cute girl living with autism. I will be answering questions from you, the reader, about autism and sharing my personal experiences at my high school which is a typical school. I have always gone to ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) schools and school board special needs classes but just this year I have earned an amazing opportunity to attend an unbelievable mainstream school.
People always are skeptical when they hear I can spell on my own. I always hear people say "she must be using Facilitated Communication" or ask "is someone telling her what to say?" The truth is I don't use Facilitated Communication and I think my parents wish they could put words in my mouth but I don't have a hand up my butt telling me what to say. Sorry mom and dad. LOL. Many well-known doctors in the autism field have seen me spell all by myself and do vouch that I do so independently.
I do believe every nonverbal autistic child and adult has an inner voice just waiting to come out. A wise man once told me that without knowledge we can't have understanding. Hopefully my blog will give you, not only knowledge but, a chance to help bring understanding to people around you.
I would like to thank you for going to my blog and I hope that I get you thinking and keep you wanting to come back blog after blog.
Your truly honoured autism educator,
Proud mom to Ryan and Ronnie
my Angel and my Boo Boo