Friday, April 28, 2017

A Walk in My Shoes

Guest Blog by Graciela




Can you imagine having the intelligence of a savant but never being that lucky to be in a school that works with this ability? This has been my experience because I have not found the awesome school that can work with my body and my mind. Because I need the support for my challenging body many have made the mistake of thinking that my intelligence is totally challenged too. Daring to believe challenged bodies are still intelligent is hard for most educators. Could teachers do better? Could stopping to think about intelligence help the situation? Could trying to presume competence be effective? Amazing education thinks about how to stop doing the same things over and over  and thinks about how to really educate strong minds.  

Autism in the non-speaking is challenging because the outer body is so careless. However the inner mind is fully intact and on many levels greatly intelligent. It is hard to stop making the outer body behave the way it does. Educators must have the ability to look beyond the body’s actions. Is it a lot to learn to do this? My body is autistic. My brain is not. With the support I need for my body I am able to do incredible work with my amazing mind.  

The awesome thing that we are finding out about the brain and learning is that the brain has an incredible way of working in some individuals and we must help these individuals get the education they deserve. 


Graciela is an amazing 13 year old girl. She has been using the letterboards for three years. She always does her best to challenge others  to be making the path to inclusion as beautiful as possible in spite of always running into a lot of obstacles on her own journey. 


Graciela has a blog entitled Dare to Listen.  Check it out at www.daretolisten.org

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

RPM Has Freed Me- A Video Blog

by Charles



I am excited to be able to share with others about my life not being able to talk.  
The best thing in the world has been RPM.
To not be able to talk is a living hell.
I hope that everyone gets the chance to have someone to help them communicate.

Charles




Charles' Video Blog


Charles is 22 years old and lives in north East Midlands in the UK.  He began RPM in May 2015 at age 19.  Charles loves having conversations with his family and sharing his opinions with others. He is also excited to have pen friends to share with.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Thoughts on Communicating


Guest Blog by EJ





THOUGHTS ON COMMUNICATING



NICE HALLOW RISING
RIGHT HAPPY SURPRISING
MY MOMMY IS WORKING
MY MOUTH IS THINKING

I AM NOT IN TROUBLE
I LIVE IN A GREAT BUBBLE
MY LIFE IS MY OWN
RIGHT INSIDE I HAVE BONES

HAVE NO FEAR
THIS IS THE YEAR
I COMMUNICATE MY THOUGHTS
NOW I SAY LOTS

MY MEANING IN LIFE IS HARD TO SAY
I MIGHT MAKE MY MOM'S DAY
SMOOTH MY LIFE LORD
I AM GOING BORED


EJ is 10 years old and lives in Whittier, CA. He started RPM with Soma in January 2016 and started writing poems with her in June 2016. He wrote this one with Lenae and chose it to contribute to Philip's awesome blog this year. His mom's favorite quote is "THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Accept All People

Guest Blog by Jordyn Pallett



My name is Jordyn Pallett.  I am 13.5 years old.  I live in Mono, ON, Canada with my loving parents.  I love climbing, all people, and camping.  I want the world to heal, and am here to make a difference.  Please visit my blog at https://jordynsrockyjourney.wordpress.com/.


ACCEPT ALL PEOPLE

ALL PEOPLE DESERVE
ACCEPTANCE

ALL PEOPLE DESERVE
LOVE

ALL PEOPLE DESERVE
FAIR EDUCATION

ALL PEOPLE ARE
CREATED TO BE JOYFUL

ALL PEOPLE ARE
CREATED TO CONTRIBUTE

ALL PEOPLE ARE
CARING TO BE GOOD

ALL PEOPLE ARE
DOING THEIR VERY BEST

ALL PEOPLE NEED
SOMEONE WHO LISTENS

ALL PEOPLE NEED
BOTH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE

ONLY YOU ARE
ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Jordyn Pallett, 13
Mono, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Resurrection Sunday


by Philip

Easter is a time to remember Jesus's resurrection from the dead and his power to conquer sin. I am peaceful because Jesus died for the whole world and me. He paid the price of all mankind’s sins. I have nothing more to add to his saving grace. I have freedom to live with a clean life and can be confident in Jesus's salvation of my soul. I want to make my life reflect the awesome power of Jesus's resurrection. Happy Easter!