BOOK: Carly’s Voice
AUTHOR(s): Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleischmann
If I had my way, Carly’s Voice would be required reading for all – particularly those touched by the enigma that is autism in any way. Carly’s Voice tells the awe-inspiring story of Carly Fleischmann and her family as they navigate their way through the world of her severe autism. Arthur Fleischmann does the reader – and the autistic community at large – a huge favor by refusing to sugar coat anything. We get to witness the destruction, unmanageability, tears and screams of the family first hand and without a censor. The result is a truly profound journey into the mind of this powerfully courageous young woman.
Carly has severe autism. She cannot speak at all. Her ticks, tantrums, spasms and self stimulating behaviors leave the home in total chaos. Like most autistics, she will not make eye contact, shuns attempts at physical affections, and appears lost in her own world and completely unreachable. But, like most teens, she is boy crazy, coy, sarcastic at times and amazingly adept at deploying guilt traps as needed. This dichotomy is stunning. The young woman who seems so far away; so lost in her own world and a complete stranger to normalcy actually is totally on top on the ball. And, we get to witness this through her writings.
Through her writing, Carly invites us into her private world. She takes the time to explain her movements and tantrums. She explains, at length, many of the mysteries of autism – including what it feels like to suffer from it. How do Autistic’s see the world? Carly gives us a view. What she manages to convey – even with her delayed cognitive development – is nothing short of amazing. And vastly useful for parents, educators and the public at large.
Carly’s Voice changed the way I see the autistic world and I feel strongly she will have the same effect on you. Carly – you’re a brave young woman. Thank you for coming out of your world to educate ours.