Posted on April 17, 2014 in Autism
Like There’s a Boy in Here, Carly’s Voice is written by both a parent and a child. Both sections are captivating, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. In many ways, this is a story of a search for support. We learn of a family’s struggle to find help for their young child and of the ups and downs of their quest. In the end, this is a happy story as we follow Carly from her days of silence to the moments of finding her voice to her life as an advocate and self-advocate.
Carly’s Voice is yet another exciting account of a child without reliable communication who gained access to augmentative communication and shocked everyone around her with her competence and complexity. This is the story of many of the books I am reviewing this month including How Can I Talk if My Lips Don’t Move? , I Am Intelligent, and tomorrow’s selection, Lucy’s Story. These books are such an important contribution to the literature because these authors as a group are leading us to some pretty incredible questions, “Why-in the face of so many of these stories-do we stay committed to our story of autism?”; “Why-with so many of these narratives emerging over the last thirty years-do we keep saying that student competence is ‘unexpected’? In other words, how many of these individuals need to share their stories before we do expect that these folks are more competent than they appear to be?”; and “What will we do to change our practices in schools and beyond to respond to these stories?”
** Idea for using this book: Use Carly’s Voice as a tool for having conversations about the “myths of autism”. In other words, consider how books like this one changed our understanding of autism. After reading, learn more about Carly on her Facebook page, her web site, and on Twitter.