Aug 2022: Blooming into Communication Top Stories

My first declaration of life

Dear Friends,

This is a very precious post to me. On my second day of spelling, with the amazing Elizabeth Vosseller, I wrote my first ever mission statement of life. It was such a seismic shift in my life, such an unimaginable upheaval, as I realized: I could somehow finally communicate my long-silent thoughts! My heart felt like an ever-expanding balloon, a hot air balloon bigger than the sun, lifting my whole being out of hopelessness. I always had hoped for some miracle to set me free, but that hope had eroded after decades of failed “treatments.”

And I am not alone in this experience. As you can see from the other contributions to this issue, we nonspeaking autistics who gain access to communication feel this as a miracle, as the dawning of our new lives! And I believe that every nonspeaking autistic deserves such a dawn.

Here is my piece from that session in 2015:

Question: What will your legacy be?

CHALLENGING NEWS INTERPRETATIONS OF AUTISM WILL BE MY LEGACY. NOT HAVING SPEECH WAS INTERPRETED AS BEING RETARDED. I AM PROOF THIS IS FALSE. HAVING A WAY TO TALK MEANS I HAVE MEANING. SO MANY THINGS TO NEWLY SAY. I WILL LEAVE BEHIND MY WORDS. THANK YOU.

Still from the video of this session with Elizabeth Vosseller. There were many happy tears at the end of this!

Your Friend,

Danny

Happy Danny in Portland, where we traveled to meet Elizabeth Vosseller and where my life changed forever. Photo from Eira Whitty.

1 comment on “My first declaration of life

  1. tinoli13

    I love this Danny!
    It is THE MOST momentous moment in life that going forward we refer to everything as pre letterboard and post letterboard!

    Liked by 1 person

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