Brent Sullivan – Navigating Life Like a Champ

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM, Spellebrity

Brent Sullivan is being recognized as one of I-ASC’s Influencer Spellebrities. The words and reflections I share with you today are a compilation of what Brent shared with me live in our zoom interview as well as through an email exchange.

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM, Practitioner, Spellebrity, SpellebritiesI started off by asking Brent: Tell me something you haven’t told me already.

Believe me when I say, it is so good to meet you.

It was a true honor to meet Brent too! Being one of our oldest and wisest spellers, I was quite excited. It was clear from our short conversation that Brent is a true survivor, trailblazer and lover of life- not because he wanted to be but because he had to be.

What is the biggest unsung contribution you think spellers bring to the world? Tell me about it.

We see the world through a unique lens. Because of our condition, we observe the world and all of its idiosyncrasies that happen- every click of the hand on a clock. Being unable to use my words to speak my truth for a lifetime brings me a certain reverence towards this tool that can aid with the articulation of my inner dialogue. This work is important as it exposes the voices of those who would otherwise be unable to self advocate. We have so much love to share we just need your patience.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?

Paris, France because Magda, my sister, lives there… and the bread and food.

Having recently moved from Montreal Quebec, I shared my love of croissants and food with Brent. He responded like a true foody,

I like sugar too much.

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM, Practitioner, Spellebrity, SpellebritiesBrent didn’t know this but I have always dreamed of building a yurt of my own so I had to ask about the one that he bought, built and now lives in with his orange cat.

It feels so good to finally have a home that is my own.

I told Brent about my yurt dreams and how he is living out one of my dreams. He responded,

It is very peaceful. Come down and visit if you are ever in Oregon.

Spellerverse, I hope you have enjoyed learning a little bit about Brent as much as I did. If you are lucky, maybe one day you’ll get an invitation to his yurt too;)!

~ Monica

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPM, Practitioner, Spellebrity, SpellebritiesBrent Sullivan is a nonspeaking adult who lives in Prineville, Oregon where he works on his family’s farm, volunteers at the local food bank and spends time in his peaceful yurt. This past summer Brent helped plant a permaculture garden, build an outdoor pizza oven and is the main planter for a fruit orchard.

 

 

The mission of I-ASC is to advance communication access for nonspeaking individuals globally through trainingeducationadvocacy and research I-ASC supports all forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with a focus on methods of spelling and typing. I-ASC currently offers Practitioner training in Spelling to Communicate (S2C)with the hope that other methods of AAC using spelling or typing will join our association

Posted By on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 in Advocacy,Autism,Community,Families,Motor,Nonspeakers,S2C,Spelling to Communicate

6 responses to “Brent Sullivan – Navigating Life Like a Champ”

  1. Karen Polen says:

    I am so happy to see my friend Brent living his life to the fullest!

  2. Jan says:

    I have known Brent and his family group for a long time, unsure how long, but feels like 20 years. He used to live about 10 miles from me, until he moved out to Oregon. I have followed him and some of his activities for a long time, and am so impressed!!! He’s a great guy! I know he has a great key collection, and I’ve contributed to it over the years. (Brent, I am still saving keys for you!).
    Best, Jan

  3. Brenda von Zellen says:

    Brent! I am so proud of you. You are such an inspiration! I would love to see you again one day.

  4. Kari Nyland says:

    Every click of the clock tick — your words — remind me to cherish each moment and realize that in every moment we are each noticing and paying attention to some thing — may be the same thing or it may be different but oh! how delicious that you can now tell us what you are paying attention to. You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing about yourself. I would love to hear more about your journey and how you decided on a yurt. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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