Nonspeakers

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.

Poetry: Lost, I am home

Rumi Ottus is a young nonspeaking poet who was inspired to write this after being moved by the beauty of a photo of a lush rainforest scene.

Poetry: Intelligence

This fun poem from audience favorite, Nonspeaking teen Anantha Krishnamurthy, explores the shifting season and the wisdom of migratory birds.

On Perseverence

As a nonspeaking autistic, Arjun has faced many obstacles, but his tenacity, warmth, and the support of his family have kept him soldiering forward.

The Autistic Boy Who Became Typical

Gregory Tino is a nonspeaking advocate who didn’t gain access to reliable communication until discovering S2C as an adult. This short story explores what he would gain, and lose, if he became non-autistic.

Gone Again

Rumi Ottus, nonspeaking autistic advocate, is only 8, but his poetry and his wisdom belie his age. This poem looks to the season change and what it means to transition from summer.

Poetry: The Fall

Anantha Krishnamurthy, teen nonspeaking poet, continues to carry a storied motif through a collection of poetry that he builds in layers, the sensory feast of season changes carving out the future like the tireless cascade of a waterfall.

Therapy Saved My Life

Nick Barry is a nonspeaker who has his world opened up by gaining access to communication, but his emotional needs were not met until he was enrolled in counseling.

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