November 11, 2012

You need to meet Carly……

Posted in Assistive Technology, Autism, Autism Heroes tagged at 3:22 PM by kellyvansingel

November 11, 2012

I’ve got to introduce you to one of my heroes.  Her name is Carly Fleischmann.  She is a teenager from Toronto, Canada and she is living with autism and severe apraxia.  Carly is amazing.  She uses twitter, has a webpage, a facebook page and she has written a book along with her father.

Take a look at her story as it first appeared on 20/20….

What is her defining moment?  Have a look….

Her ability to type and communicate with assistive technology is amazing and inspiring.  It also demonstrates the value and importance of introducing and teaching typing  as another communicative layer in addition to a symbolic-based AAC system. There is so much we can learn from her writings and reflections on her experiences.  Carly can tell us why she sometimes she feels like she may want to bang her head.  Carly has an incredible wit and sense of humor. Her ability to type and communicate can help others understand what it may be like to be living with autism and a stressed out sensory system.  Let’s visit Carly’s Cafe….

It’s been my observation that the sensory processing and sensory overload issues of living with autism can be one of the hardest enigmas to understand about life on the spectrum.  The remarkable website: Carly’s Cafe and short film helps bring insight and intense reality to the daily difficulty that sensory issues can bring to those living with autism.  Each person’s experience is unique and different, but I appreciate Carly sharing her personal experience with others to help bring about increased awareness and understanding.  She gives me hope for what the future holds for my own girls.


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11.

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