Today is Autistics Speaking Day,  a day to remind the world that we actually speak every day,  even if we do it with our fingers. Amy Sequenzia

My voice is unique
It does not come out in a usual manner

I speak through my fingers
Gentle strokes on a keyboard

I could have remained silent
I could have chosen a passive life

But my fingers would not accept a quiet existence

So I type my thoughts
I fight for autism rights

My brain and a keyboard
My thoughts awaiting

Restless fingers demanding to be heard
Flowing words, my manifesto

My fingers will not accept a quiet existence

Silent no more
My voice through my fingers

I will not accept to be ignored
Listen to what I have to say

We are here, here to stay
We find ways to scream our words


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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). and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.


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