Nonspeakers

Poetry: Letter by Letter

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

Ode to my autistic ancestors

Teen nonspeaker Anantha Krishnamurthy pays homage to autistic changemakers throughout history, who from stoning to electric shocks have suffered for their rebellions.

Moods of a morning

This poem is a PDAers anthem. Teen nonspeaker Anantha writes about the drive for autonomy and the freedom found in immersing in a passion.

A Typer’s Freedom Dance

Anantha Krishnamurthy comes through with an onomatopoeic journey of triumph, tapping resonating to thunderous thudding freedom.

Poetry: The Nest

Nonspeaking poet Amelia Jane longs for her voice to be heard. Her winged thoughts perch on the mind and sing of triumph.

A new poem: I’m Rightly Rogue

Nonspeaking poet Noah McSweeny muses on having the words, having the interest, wanting to connect, and wishing his tongue would obey his mind.

Poetry: Anonymous

Anantha Krishnamurthy’s mind is a symphony and his body is a sound cage. This powerful poem is itself a beautiful triumph of sheer Will.

Autism and Religion: A silent anxiety

As a nonspeaker, Trevor Byrd internalized the religious dogma he heard his whole life in silent dedication. As he got older, his values conflicted with his rigid observance of Catholic canon. The support he received from his mom helped him to keep his faith and be true to his values.

Poetry: A/Typical Girl

Sofi Ghassaei is a teen nonspeaking autistic with a creative and unapologetically fierce writing style that reflects the tremendous strength and power of her soul.

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