Happy Earth Day!

Dear Friends, Happy Earth Day! I am so eager to share my love and wonder for our amazing planet! A big part of my journey over the past two years has been getting to know Mother Ocean more deeply. But even before that, I have always found solace in nature. And many of my peersContinue reading “Happy Earth Day!”

Communicating with My Most Precious Person

Dear Friends, My mom and I had a huge breakthrough today in our Spelling to Communicate partnership! It has been a long journey, even though I absolutely love her and want nothing more than to be able to communicate fluently with her. Communication is a complex and mysterious phenomenon in many ways, and I don’tContinue reading “Communicating with My Most Precious Person”

A New & Empowering View of Myself

Dear Friends, Today is my 2nd anniversary of being fluent with Tara! And I want to mark it by sharing an important shift in how I view myself. As many apraxic folks do, I have long struggled with my body. I came to view it as an unruly opponent, an obstacle to all I wantedContinue reading “A New & Empowering View of Myself”

A Weekend of Building Community

Dear Friends, I just had the most amazing few days with the community behind Teva Community! We worked with several awesome volunteers who shared so much energy to renovate cabins for our camp. Everyone helped in their own way – clearing debris, organizing food, building and installing the interiors! I was a bit sad myContinue reading “A Weekend of Building Community”

Springing Ahead!

Dear Friends, Happy spring to you! At least for Northern Hemisphere folks! I have been having the most full and joyful couple of weeks. It feels like my body is so aligned with my mind, and that is so rare – but it has felt so smooth for many days! And my heart feels soContinue reading “Springing Ahead!”

Thoughts on My First Resume

Friends,  I wrote my first resume the other day! It meant so very much to me, and it was an immensely profound moment of reflection. As someone who didn’t have access to communication until my thirties, I had no documented official achievements. No diplomas, no certificates, no published anything. And until a couple of yearsContinue reading “Thoughts on My First Resume”

A message of love

Friends, Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you all, and want to share this message of love. You can watch the video and/or read the transcript below. We talk about appreciating all forms of love, how Spelling allows me to share more love with my loved ones, and my hopes for a romantic relationship one day.Continue reading “A message of love”

New Year’s Message & Wish

Dear Friends, Wow, this year has absolutely astounded me! I have been struggling a lot in the past few days, overwhelmed by anxiety and a swirl of unprocessed feelings and ideas, and whatever my confusing body has been going through. I have been so dysregulated and frustrated! But when Tara sweetly helped me reflect onContinue reading “New Year’s Message & Wish”

Super Exciting Update: Teva Community (& Matching Campaign!)

Friends! A super exciting announcement: I am a recently-elected member of the board of directors for Teva Community, a fantastic initiative for building community for nonspeaking autistic folks! We had a wonderful visit to the community site in Prescott, Arizona, last week. I have so much to share, but for now, please read below aboutContinue reading “Super Exciting Update: Teva Community (& Matching Campaign!)”