By Luke Burke
Luke, age 9
Thanks Philip for inviting me to write on your page. My name is Luke Burke. I am nine years old and communicate using a letter board. Am also autistic and thankful to have found a way to have my words and thoughts expressed letter by letter. I want to share with all of you what I experience on a daily basis. The autistic brain is different but amazing all the same. Mainly I experience a sensory disaster during daily activities. Each autistic person is unique but some of us experience similar disregulation within our sensory systems. A big one for me is sound sensitivities. I hear everything and I wish sometimes I didn’t. Want my ears to get a break. I also always hear secrets and I don’t mean to. Can I keep a secret? Yes! But I never am voluntarily told one. Anyway I value friendships and I also want a meaningful life. Autistics are wise and kind and if given the chance make amazing friends. Am also a wonderful listener and I won’t butt in while you are telling me that secret. Kidding not kidding. Am hoping I have told you something helpful on autism awareness month. Till next time Luke B.
Luke Burke is 9 years old and in 2nd grade. Primarily, he uses a letterboard or keyboard to communicate. Luke’s hobbies include swimming, going to concerts, & reading. Being a music teacher at a school is his dream occupation. Luke is passionate about educating & advocating for those who haven’t found their method of communication yet. Luke's message to the world is, "I will try to always educate now that I am able to. Want people to accept our differences. Am wanting a world that accepts autistics the way they are. Presume competence always."
To read more of Luke's writings, visit his Facebook page Different not less - Luke B.