Nonspeakers

Poetry: My Fault

Trevor Byrd, teen advocate and Autistic Nonspeaker, reflects on feelings of isolation, self-blame, and dysregulation and the resolve to know and accept himself for who he is outside of the world’s projections.

Arresting Ableism; Insight and Experiences of a Nonspeaking Autistic

“People fail disabled folk when they refuse to accept all ways of being human. In a more perfect world agency would be respected, disability rights honored, and brave hearts exalted. I and others have wisdom for a deprived and hostile world. Skilled allies wanted.”

An image for Nick Barry, nonspeaker who uses rapid prompting method or rpm to communicate. A person is looking at a screen and behind them are a ton of eyes staring at the screen. The image depicts how a nonspeaker autistic with autism is often denied access to privacy and autonomy.

The Right to Privacy for Nonspeaking Autistics

Nick Barry, a young nonspeaking advocate, writes about how the privacy and autonomy of nonspeakers is often violated by those around them, how it feels, and how to do better.

Poetry- La Noyée (The Drowned Girl)

“This poem is about a girl in a song and another girl who lives on a planet of perpetual music. To see my life you must also let the music take you.”

Poetry: Love, by Ben Breaux

Nonspeaking advocate and writer Ben Breaux explores the Truth about Love in its purest form.

Poetry: Letter by Letter

Nonspeaking youth Rumi Ottus spells out a striking poem about the life unlocked by having access to communicate via letterboard.

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