Speaking/Non-Speaking is a spectrum, not a binary.

Autistic Zebra

I recently read a comment that many autistic people don’t fit well into a speaking vs non-speaking binary. And that is a very important point to remember. I count myself among those people.

I wrote before about how I went mute for an entire year. Though even then I wasn’t 100% non-speaking, as I did give one-word replies to questions. I have also suffered from bouts of selective mutism. Though I prefer the term situational mutism.

And as you can see from my review of the Emergency Chat App, I use AAC from time to time. And feel I may benefit from using it more in the future.

Yesterday I gave a talk at the AuSome 2020 Conference and according to folks who heard me, I did quite well. That should have surprised me, but it didn’t. It should have surprised me because I usually can’t talk out loud to…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com


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