I’ve written about Ido and his book and blog, both entitled Ido in Autismland, before, ‘here‘, ‘here‘, and ‘here,’ but want to devote today’s post to Ido’s latest blog post because Emma and I read his post this morning and Emma added some of her own thoughts to what Ido wrote.
Ido begins by talking about having just finished up his junior year at a non special education high school. (I originally wrote “regular,” but then amended that because I no longer know what any of these words even mean, much less how derogatory they sound.) Ido then addresses parents and then professionals and finally ends the post with a few encouraging words to other Autistic non-speakers.
After Emma and I read his post, I asked Emma what she thought. She wrote, “I thought it was decidedly helpful to read Ido’s writing. He tells strong truths lived. Teaching wasted talkers about life not run on word fuel.”
“Word fuel.” Can we just take a moment to fully appreciate that? “Teaching wasted talkers about life not run on word fuel.” There’s more, so I will disregard my urge to just end this post with that.
I asked Emma if she had anything she wanted to add to the paragraph he addresses to parents. Emma wrote, “Parents – you must address your fears and doubts first, and then have caring words of encouragement for all word thinkers.”
I then asked for her thoughts on the paragraph addressed to “professionals”. Emma wrote, “Teaching tedium does nothing, but water down ideas. Lethargy is the lesson learned.”
“Lethargy is the lesson learned.”
Ido ends his post with a few words directed to Autistics like him. Emma then wrote, “Work today, knowing each day pleases the necessary work of tomorrow. Having hope, and loving, believing parents will make work easier.”