Posted March 12, 2011on:
Carly Fleischmann is a fourteen-year old girl who was diagnosed with autism when she was three. She is not like other kids her own age. “When you’re told your child is going to be developmentally delayed, that they might achieve the developmental level of a six-year old, it’s like being kicked in the gut”, shares Carly’s father. The following YouTube video describes autism even further, along with Carly’s early intervention (40-60 hours/week of one-to-one therapy).
Carly cannot speak as a result of her autism. However, technology has allowed her to find her “inner voice” and express herself as an individual:
As explained at 3:25, “Carly ran to a computer for the first time and what happened next was a breakthrough so profound it would finally pierce Carly’s silent, secret world”. With many long hours of intervention, Carly learned how to type on her own. Technology has allowed Carly to have power over her environment and break out of her own body. For example, she learned how to communicate in chatrooms, created her own blog and Twitters regularly, and is currently writing a novel.
Not only did technology change Carly’s life, but her family started to understand who she really is–not an autistic child, but a cute and funny girl who likes to have fun. As said by Carly’s own father, “I stopped looking at her as a disabled person, and started looking at her as a sassy, mischievous teenage girl”. Here, you can visit Carly’s blog to learn more about her. Remember, she is an individual who has interests, dreams, and goals just like you. Carly is certainly an inspiration for other children, parents, and teachers alike.