Guest Blog by Coco Aysseh
THERE IS A LOT OF AGREEMENT ABOUT INCLUSION BEING A GOOD THING. YES EVERYONE CAN AGREE ON THAT. BUT INCLUSION CAN TAKE MANY FORMS. INCLUSION WITHOUT EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION THATS NOT A REASONABLE TYPE OF INCLUSION. TO A BIG EXTENT OUR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IS WHAT MAKES US HUMAN. TAKE THAT ABILITY AWAY AND IT BECOMES EASY FOR SOME TO SEE US AS LESS THAN HUMAN. EVEN THOSE WITH CAPABILITIES WILL BE TREATED AS LESS THAN.
EVERYONE DESERVES A VOICE. THE VOICE SHOULD BE THE PREFERENCE OF THE PERSON USING IT. TO SAY I CAN COMMUNICATE AS EFFECTIVELY USING A SET OF CHOSEN PICTURES AS I CAN THROUGH SPELLING IS LIKE TELLING A SPEAKING PERSON EVERY DAY YOU MUST COMMUNICATE THROUGH THESE DOZEN GLYPHS IN LIEU OF YOUR WORDS.
DAY AFTER DAY WE MUST TRY OUR BEST TO SPREAD THE TRUTH AND CHANGE PEOPLES HEARTS. TOGETHER WE CAN. THEN MAYBE THE NEXT GENERATION OF AUTISTICS ARE ABLE TO BE INCLUDED IN SCHOOL IN A MEANINGFUL AND RESPECTFUL WAY. EDUCATION IS THE RIGHT OF ALL CHILDREN.
THANKS PHILIP FOR LETTING ME SHARE MY THOUGHTS ON YOUR BLOG.
Coco is twelve years old. She lives in Fairfield, CT with her mom, dad, sister, and grandma. She loves books, music, swimming, going to movies, and playing with her kitties Sparkle and Butterscotch. Coco's real education began in the summer of 2015 when she had her first Rapid Prompting Method session with Soma. Now she can communicate what is in her heart and mind by spelling on her letter board. She hopes to someday be a writer and professor of literature. Coco has her own blog "RPM with Coco."