Memoirs have the power to move us, connect with us and allow us to share life changing experiences with people we’d otherwise never have the chance to know. Every Monday, we’re pleased to feature a memoir and open a window to someone else’s life.
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and was unable to speak. Doctors said that she would forever remain as intellectually capable as a small child. Her parents refused to give up hope and at age 10, Carly made a breakthrough. While in the kitchen with her therapist, she reached over and typed on the laptop “HELP TEETH HURT.” This day began Carly’s journey of self-realization and learning how to use her voice through the written word. As if doctors weren’t astonished enough, Carly would go on to write a nearly complete young adult novel, prove her IQ well over 130 and become an advocate for autism, teaching others about autism what experts could not, the insider’s perspective.
Carly’s Voice tells her story through her father and how he got to know his daughter, intersperced with Carly’s wit and words. The remarkable story has gone on to gain widespread attention from Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, Barbara Walters, and mother of autistic son herself Holly Robinson Peete, among others. Carly continues to share her life and remarkable story with the world through her Twitter and website, which features her writing, a forum and candid responses to questions she’s often asked.
Carly’s Voice is an incredible, moving and important story about a young girl who defies the odds to become an inspiring advocate and educator about autism. Find out more about the book from Carly’s father and the book’s author Arthur Fleischmann in the video below.