“Many people think that autistic people aren’t smart. They leave us out of life so much” by Caoimh Connolly, age 13
Before RPM I felt so trapped. Nothing in my mind was able to come out. Pictures aren’t good for thoughts. It’s too difficult to write with a pencil. Talking is impossible. My body doesn’t do what my brain asks it to do.
Others thought I had low intelligence. Then I started RPM. Now I’m letter pointing I can show my true intelligence. I am so smart. Others underestimate me. I taught myself to read when I was two. No one knew I could read until my mum started RPM.
Other autistic non-speaking people should do RPM. They deserve the chance to learn how to communicate. Yet the opportunity isn’t there in school yet.
Parents need to demand that their kids get the same chance that I am getting. It means that my life has purpose. Others need help to allow them to communicate so they can be free.
Many people think that autistic people aren’t smart. They leave us out of life so much. Mainstream education is too stressful for many of us so we end up in special needs classes so we can cope.
I think rules need to be made so that my type of autism no longer means that we get weak education. Nothing is more important than demanding real communication for us. Nothing. Let’s really work together to achieve it.
Hundreds of people need help to achieve what I am learning to do so they can live in hope of normal lives without restrictions.
Communication is the key to our freedom in life.