Autism Breakthrough: Girl communicates clearlyMikey 4 comments
Now for the remarkable part. It seems Carly has a lot to say, and is able to clearly describe what it's like being autistic, why she makes strange sounds and why she hits herself. Using the computer Carly said:
"It feels like my legs are on fire and a million ants are crawling up my arms. It is hard to be autistic because no one understands me. People look at me and assume I am dumb because I can't talk or I act differently than them. I think people get scared with things that look or seem different than them."
To anyone who knows an autistic person, you can appreciate just how significant this is. Especially considering how many people simply write them off, assuming they are not aware of what is happening around them on the same level as us. If more autistic people learn to communicate as Carly now does it would be interesting to hear what they have to say, not to mention the medical advances that can be achieved when an autistic person is able to clearly describe their physical and mental state.
Full story at ABC news.
Update: Carly has responded to some readers questions. I have mirrored them below.
"Millions of people saw your story on ABC News. Thousands have written letters of thanks to you. You are an incredible inspiration to so many families. Everyone is very proud of you. How does this make you feel?"
Carly: "I am so happy. I got a big gift from people around the world. Among so many kids with autism they chose me to be an advocate for autism. Where should I get behind a cause like this? I am so glad that I am able to help people understand autism."
"Hi Carly, after years of not being able to speak, what does it mean to you to be able to tell people what you want to say?"
Carly: "greg it feels so awesome to ask for things. So how do you speak?"
"Carly, I am so happy you found a way to communicate with those around you! My question is what was it like dealing with autism and coping with the frustrations of not being able to communicate your thoughts, feelings, desires and dislikes to your loved ones?"
Carly: "Ailyn it just sucks when I am alone. I feel very sad when mel goas away. I always yell when I feel like people so don't understand why I am sad."
"What can you suggest to me, as a teacher and a parent of young teens with autism to help them?"
Carly: "be patient. Try getting a computer. Give them chips when they type."
"What one thing do you think my autistic child would want me to know about him?"
Carly: "I think he would want you to know that he knows more than you think he does. He is lucky to have nice parents."