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Tuesday
May272008

Autistic Girl Shows Us Her Language

27 year old non-speaking Autistic girl Amanda shows us The first part is in my "native language," and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not. Fascinating. And look at the number of comments! She says in her blog -

I am a non-speaking physically disabled and autistic woman who’s lived in institutions, whose income comes from a disability check, and whose services are funded by the state. I am and have been exactly the sort of person who is meant when these awful concepts are used. I and the people I know and love are people, not burdens and ballast and wastes of space and money. All these ideas do is dehumanize us, and in contrasting these words with my real life I hope to show how wrong they are when applied to anyone.

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Reader Comments (1)

Hello, I have never had the pleasure to meet someone who is autistic.I would not have believed that someone with autisum could have written anything, much less writing something that is so insiteful. I will never again believe that autistic people cannot communicate.Thank you for opening my eyes. Madie
July 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermadeline allin

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