I was watching a video yesterday where a guy was talking about his interview with a boy who has autism. Throughout this guy’s interview, he was saying that all the young boy wanted to talk about was shapes, so the person who was interviewing finally gave in, asked the boy’s mother to step out, and based the whole interview on something the boy was comfortable with: shapes. Whether we are disabled or not, we all have different voices, and different ways in which we feel comfortable communicating. For me, I have the voice to speak, but being an introvert, I’ve always felt I can better express my feelings through my writing. My mom said when I was in preschool my teachers kept telling her I needed a communication device to help me express myself, because I wouldn’t speak one word to them, but my mom refused. Mom said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, because she speaks just fine at home.” A couple of years later, I got a male teacher. He said, “Ashley speaks just fine, and she doesn’t need anything to help her.” (Yes, I’ve always been a flirt, but don’t hold it against me. Ha!) I know some people who have cerebral palsy like me, and they have communication devices, or some who don’t have the means to talk at all, but can still understand you. I hate when sometimes people ask my mom, or the person who’s with me questions instead of me. I can talk too. It just takes courage and patience with people no matter who they are. Never assume either.
In Christ’s Love,
Ashley N. Moulin
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