This makes me mad because it’s obvious nobody presumed this young man’s competence until he was able to make his competence known.
How many other autistic people who can’t express their competence have to live every day hearing people talk about them like they’re not there?
Damn it, parents! DAMN IT!
Don’t wait for them to type to you or show some “flicker of understanding” that makes sense to you. Assume the kid understands everything and just can’t tell you because a means of “speaking allistic” (aka communicating in a way allistics understand) that works for them isn’t available yet. That’s a hell of a lot better than assuming they’re a vegetable that doesn’t know you from the wall.
I got news for you: THEY KNOW.
I’m happy this article uses Gordy’s words, but the language used to talk about him makes me feel like they’re excited about a carnival attraction instead of caring about what he has to say. Maybe I’m reading it wrong, but the fact that this young man is competent should NOT be so shocking. I’m glad his voice is being heard and I’m upset at how long it took for his competence to be recognized.
And if you don’t believe me, visit the blogs of @lysikan and @withasmoothroundstone and school yourself on how (sarcasm) “unaware” and “empty” (/sarcasm) nonverbal autistic people are.