It’s opposite day in our home. If I say “up”, my daughter says, “down”. If I say “left”, she says “right”. A never ending game where she challenges everything. Or simply offers a “no…no no no!” I am grateful for her attention and her frequent response to a question. I have a daughter and she has a voice. Autism will not take away her ability to speak up and out. No matter what her first evaluations concluded, she will ultimately not be silenced by this diagnosis.
As a woman committed to the rights of all women, I have been silent about my fears that my daughter would not have a voice. The first time I heard a recognizable word spoken by our three and a half year old, I tempered my excitement. Two years later, our little girl was just starting to request juice by pointing and using one word. More often than not though, I was convinced she was attentive to our conversations.