Peyton Goddard, wrote a memoir with her mother Dianne Goddard and Carol Cujec entitled, i am intelligent. It is an unforgettable book. Recently, Peyton gave a presentation in San Diego, where she typed, “After decades of torture, still each dawn I struggle to feel my worth.” You can read her entire presentation ‘here‘.
“After decades of torture, still each dawn I struggle to feel my worth.”
Peyton was not tortured by her autism. Peyton was tortured by non autistic people who cruelly and viciously hurt her over and over. People who used the fact that she could not use her voice to speak to protect themselves. I would like to believe we are moving away from a world and society where abusing people we have deemed “inferior” is done. I would like to believe that, but I cannot. The abuse of Autistic people at the hands of those who care for them, whose job it is to help them, continues. The abuse of Autistic people by society, continues. The abuse of Autistic people by those who are either ignorant or misinformed continues. The abuse of Autistic people by those who pretend it isn’t abuse because they choose to believe Autistic people are incapable of feeling or really understanding what’s happening to them and therefore it’s okay, continues.
“Estimate I that anger in this pesty world is because pierced persons think hurting others will strip their own hurts away.” ~ Peyton Goddard
In her book Peyton writes about forgiveness. Forgiveness of those who have hurt her the most. Peyton Goddard is leading the way, with wisdom, kindness, forgiveness and compassion.
Peyton Goddard – a non-speaking Autistic woman, assumed incapable, presumed incompetent – has a great deal to teach us.
Three Non-Speaking “Teachers”: Larry Bissonnette, Peyton Goddard & Tracy Thresher