Henry’s Victory


It started with a thirst for learning

It was a dream said to be too distant

It started with a youngster

Self-determination, choice


But it all started way before that

It all started by the ones just like us

The ones who broke old stereotypes

They did what they knew they could

Even when told it was impossible


It started with Henry

Thirteen years old against a rigged system

He made us think

We rooted for him

He led us through his journey’s path


He knew what he wanted

He came to us

He made us better

We came together and followed him

The movement grew


It started with Henry

A fight for inclusion

A challenge to bias

A desire to learn

Henry led us


I feel optimistic

I can celebrate

A victory of one

A ripple effect will affect many

A good moment


We stood with Henry






Henry won!



Copyright 2012 by Amy Sequenzia

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About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry. Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people. Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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