What are You Thinking About? (2) – Carly’s Voice | Changing the World of Autism


Health, Precarious Health!

I’m really happy with a healthy wife, two healthy kids and two healthy grand kids.

Today somebody I follow on Twitter pointed me to this amazing Youtube video about Carly, an autistic Canadian girl who couldn’t speak, but eventually found a way to express herself, just by typing on a notebook. She finally was able to show she is far from backward. We now can know what she is thinking. I’m happy for her and she is an example for many other people out there including the “experts” who have to do with autism. Also it reminds me that people usually are not who they seem…

Carly has her own blog, Carly’s Voice

About 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.

Last year 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. (Via About Carly's Voice).

I like the suggestion: Go to the horses mouth instead of to the experts…

On Twitter you can find Carly as @CarlysVoice.

About What are You Thinking About?

Just a series of posts explaining my own associative way of thinking. Simpler put: My way of presenting an off topic item, an item that usually would fall outside the scope of this blog.

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