Video directed by Gregory Tino, Text by Terra Vance
Imagine never being able to tell your family how much they mean to you or to wish your grandmother a happy birthday. Imagine really wanting some colorful shirts, but that’s too complicated to communicate. Imagine not being able to tell your mom that you want pizza for lunch. For his first 24 years of life, those simple, everyday messages were beyond the grasp of nonspeaking autistic advocate Gregory Tino… that is, until he found spelling to communicate. In this video, Gregory walks you through the journey of how he learned to communicate, and he brought a bunch of his friends to let you know what having access to reliable communication means to them.
He and his friends in this video are showing the alternative to places like JRC. When people are given respect, accommodations, and the presumption of competence, then they flourish. I’m also here to ask a favor. The journey to get everyone to this video was a really steep and difficult one that most apraxic nonspeakers currently don’t have the privilege to access. They really put a lot into this. The people in this video are watching for comments, and there are very few. It would mean a lot to them if our speaking community could leave a comment and/or share.
To add my voice to Terra’s, the thought and care that Gregory and his friends deserve massive recognition.
Please visit the video on YouTube and add your likes and comments there.
And please follow Gregory on his blog. This is a young man well worth listening to.
This was published before on Neuroclastic and has been re-produced here with the kind permission of Terra Vance.