Change Starts with One Voice: Part 2

Autistic children have listened and observed their whole lives. While they might know nothing of correct grammar, they are wise beyond their years. Their choice of words, for example  “utter darkness” and “abyss” as they describe life before typing, are carefully thought out. And critics? As far as Amy is concerned, they can keep their criticism - she’s seen it first hand and there is nothing in the world that could convince her that it doesn’t work.

Change Starts with One Voice: Part 1

Amy was tired, heartbroken and focusing on behaviors kept her from seeing the person behind the behavior. When Gentry was seven, Amy made the decision to stop trying to fix her autism and embrace her daughter for who she is. Presumed competence is a novel idea in the autistic community, but it’s what felt right to Amy. Trusting her instinct as a mom, she assumed that Gentry (with the right supports) was not just capable of living a ‘normal’ life but also wanted to. The thought, “What if this child can teach me?” burned in her heart and as Amy flipped the tables of conventional parenting Gentry, the daughter behind the autism, emerged.

The Thing About Change

The Thing About Change

The kind of change that adds beauty and hope to the world around us isn’t easy to come by. It requires effort, dedication, patience, perseverance, courage, hope, and flexibility. It requires the ability to remain unwavering in the face of criticism, ridicule, and despair. To bring change and hope to the world requires that we trust our gut instinct when we have no logical reason to walk the path that we’re walking. It requires that we get comfortable being uncomfortable.