Craig is a young adult who has been using the letter board for just over two years now. Craig is passionate about sharing his voice with the world. He has been overjoyed at the responses he has received on prior essays he has written, and is ecstatic to share this essay with you.
Paving A Better Path (April 9, 2021)
"I WAS PLEASED TO HEAR MY WORDS GOT SOME ATTENTION. I THINK I WILL USE MY NEW FOUND VOICE TO EDUCATE OTHERS ABOUT AUTISM, AT LEAST MY EXPERIENCE WITH IT. AUTISM IS A SPECTRUM YOU SEE. HOW IT MANIFESTS CAN DIFFER DRASTICALLY. I AM OFTEN LABELED SEVERE OR LOW FUNCTIONING. THAT NEVER FELT GOOD BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY. I CAN'T SPEAK, I STIM OBNOXIOUSLY AND HAVE LITTLE TO NO INDEPENDENT SKILLS. FOR MANY PROFESSIONALS THAT EQUATED TO STUPIDITY. NOBODY TRIED TOO HARD TO TEACH ME BUT MY PARENTS ALWAYS KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHING MORE. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US EVER THOUGHT A STENCIL WITH THE ALPHABET WOULD SHOW MY INTELLIGENCE. BUT ALAS HERE WE ARE. MY HOPE WITH THIS VOICE I HAVE UNLOCKED IS THAT I CAN PAVE A BETTER PATH WITHOUT HARMFUL LABELS AND AN EDUCATION FOR US ALL. EVERYONE MAY NOT FIND THEIR VOICE THROUGH LETTERS LIKE ME BUT WE ARE ALL IN THERE. I PROMISE."
Craigs final thought following this session: "I AM HOPEFUL FOR MY FUTURE."