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The Voice We Might Never Have Heard


Science & Tech  (tags: technology, scientists, autism, study, research, humans, health )

Carrie
- 696 days ago - washingtonpost.com
"Next year, I turn 18 and I am in your [district]," Fleischmann said to the senior senator during an October gathering hosted by the Nantucket Project, "How do I, someone with autism, pick the candidate that is right for me when a lot of the candidates...



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Chris C. (151)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 10:14 am
Good for John Kerry for having changed his schedule to be on this panel! I've always been gregarious and I can't even imagine how horrific to be stuck in a bubble of autism. My heart goes out to all who suffer from this disorder.
 

Marlene Dinkins (235)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 2:41 pm
ed thnx for this article ciao
 

John B. (175)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:08 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the wonderful article by Vivek Wadhwa. Kudos to Carly and to Senator Kerry. Carly is one young lady we will need to watch in the future as she, I think is going to be a "mover". Read and noted.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 6:48 pm
I'm impressed with Kerry, a man who might have been our president, rather than G.W.bush, if not for Karl Rove.
I'm glad to hear of the new technologies.
But, I am left wondering about the presence, at that conference, of the likes of Jack Abramoff, white-collar felon, Bill Frist, the Senator and M.D. who "knew," without ever having seen/examined her, that Terri Schaivo was capable of communicating with her parents, while on life support for years, and whose brain, on autopsy soon afterwards, once her husband was allowed to turn off the life support he believed she'd not want if she could communicate, turned out to have shriveled to the size of a walnut.
Then there is my new hero, Grover Norquist, he of the "No tax hike, ever" pledge pushed at congresspeople for years, now.
I have started a petition, on SignOn.org against just this thing, this pledge, which I see as unethical and interfering with congresspeople's ability to vote their conscience. It is called "Stop the Grover Norquist "No tax increase pledge.'"
I know I went off on a tangent, but that pledge is an odious thing, and the timing was right.
 

natalie n. (164)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 5:40 am
i think its a wonderful and brave act that she did. people tend to look on those not as capable, as different and even strange. its time they are given a voice and a platform so that their needs can also be addressed even at the highest level.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 6:07 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:49 pm
Brave girl , thanks !
 

Francie R. (0)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 5:11 pm
As a teacher of students with autism, I have seen the value of the iPad, and Vimeo videos and specific educational programs for my students. The technology is growing by leaps and bounds. More has been developed in the past fewy years, than the past decade. It is wonderful to hear some of my students utter words; due to the assistance and motivation of technology. I have marveled at the ease with which they navigate the net, and iPad for various programs. Thank goodness there are programs and devices that are small and compact--and 'stylish!'
 

Helen Krummenacker (6)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:07 am
Good article. So many people don't understand autism at all. People with ASD need to be given the opportunity to speak for themselves.
 

Joanne S. (0)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 4:31 am
Thanks Carly, you are awesome and an inspiration to those of us who don't have Autism.
 
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