I am a minimally-speaking autistic and apraxic man who is fully enthralled by empathy as a guiding force in my life. I have only attained fluent communication in the past year, using Spelling to Communicate (S2C). Since then, my world has vastly expanded, and I am now an active writer and advocate. I am now able to share my insights and perspectives with my loved ones, and this has allowed us to develop ever-greater empathy for each other.
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In early 2020, I moved back home to focus on being Danny’s Communication Regulation Partner (CRP), and it has been the most amazing experience of my life. I am learning – unlearning and relearning – how to be a true ally to my brother and other nonspeaking autistics. I still work in my previously full-time field of environmental conservation, as a consultant through my company Keiruna Inc. – working at the interface of human well-being and conservation has served me surprisingly well as Danny’s CRP!
My name is Eira (Air-uh) and I am the luckiest lady in all the land because Danny has led me in compassion, love, and silliness ever since I can remember. From the days of sticking Tara’s precious beads up our noses and making mud pies, we’ve come a long way. To see Danny blossom into a fearless leader, champion of empathy, and creative genius has been a most amazing miracle. On the 9-5 I am a Land Use/Environmental Planner that gets to help plan local parks and preserves, conserve natural spaces, and help our critter friends and their habitats.