Carly Fleischmann is a 15-year-old girl with autism who has never been able to speak. Although Fleischmann is classified as a mute, she has found a way to communicate and express her thoughts and opinions to others: the internet.
With a computer at her fingertips, Fleischmann is now free to voice whatever she wants; she has over 6,000 followers on Twitter, and over 5,000 fans on her Facebook page. She has developed her own website, where people can learn more about her life, her appearances in the media, and various samples of her writing. Fleischmann explains on her website that since more people have found out about her, she’s been answering emails from people all over the world who are curious about autism and what her life is like.
At a recent event sponsored by Autism Ontario, Temple Grandin made an appearance. For those who are not familiar with Grandin, she is a professor at Colorado State University, consultant within the livestock industry, and bestselling author. Like Fleischmann, Grandin also has autism. Fleischmann was invited to introduce her, and delivered a speech that was both humorous and moving, while depicting similarities that she and Grandin shared.
On Fleischmann’s website, she gives some insight into what motivates her advocacy efforts. People will often turn to doctors and professionals regarded as experts for answers surrounding the mystery of the neurodevelopmental disorder. She believes however, that sometimes people like her, the ones that live with autism every day, are the best suited to provide information.
To follow Carly Fleischmann and learn more, visit her website (http://carlysvoice.com/), twitter account (http://twitter.com/carlysvoice), or Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carly-Fleischmann/68996682748).