Colin Stein – Never Give Up. Ever!

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

I had the pleasure of interviewing an individual whom I have heard a lot about, but have never had the opportunity to speak with. Colin Stein is a nonspeaker from CA and last week I was able to spend a bit of time getting to know this Spellebrity better. Colin has a fantastic sense of humor and we share the same~ love for hockey! It was evident that Colin has a passion for not only the nonspeaking community, but also advocating for appropriate education and for nonspeakers to be heard.

~Dana Johnson

So Colin, describe yourself as a Starbucks drink.

I am solid with light fluffiness on top and a lot of flavor.

That was a fabulous way to start off! This question always interests me when I ask similar questions to spellers because it really tells us so much about a person. Right after the first question, I knew that Colin was a super fun guy to be around!

What would you want someone to know about you?

I am an intelligent nice guy. I love writing poetry. I am a full time student. I take biology, geography and art and a biology lab. I workout. I used to play hockey, ice hockey for 8 years. It involves a lot of motor, physical motor and it keeps me focused and it is a nice escape.

I really loved hearing that Colin plays hockey for two reasons. First, as a Canadian I grew up playing hockey and loved it. Second, as an OT, any type of purposeful motor skill and engaging the body in something that helps support the brain and body connection is fantastic!

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

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

I think that nonspeakers or people that have contributed less opinions and responses have as much intellect as society expects from those that aren’t diagnosed with a disability. I think that as a society, we need to awaken to the needs and possible contributions of people that don’t speak or use other methods to communicate. Everyone has gifts, and deserves to be listened to.

Have you ever been surprised by something a person said to you and why?

I used to be surprised however after going through school, getting assigned work that was way below my abilities, was always difficult but made everything else that anyone said to me less potent.

You were nominated and selected as a spellebrity in the category of Humanitarian. What makes YOU think this category is fitting for you?

I want appropriate education and treatment for everyone. It pains me to learn of others being babysat, not educated like me, until recently. I have hope and am open about my experience to potentially help others to benefit or see what can be accomplished. I don’t want others to struggle because they don’t know what’s possible, just as I know that they wouldn’t want me to struggle.

So here are some fun questions!

If you had a superpower what would that be?

I would choose to fly because I like the feeling of riding elevators and cars or planes and it would allow me to go anywhere. I don’t have a driver’s license.

Would you do anything special or specific?

If I could reach others somehow and help them come across with more communication I would love to support others with my power.

It is a huge honour to interview you. If you could interview someone you look up to, who would it be?

I would interview the creators of South Park.

Why?

They are so quick to show what’s happening in society. How do they find things out so fast? I think they make fun of everyone but also want the best for almost everyone.

Thank you Colin, for taking the time to chat with me. I know that you too want the best for everyone!

 

S2C, Spelling to Communicate, nonspeaking, nonspeakers, Autism, I-ASC, Speller, nonverbal, RPMI am 18 years old, live in West Hills, California, with my parents and my older brother. I survived school in special education. Now, I’m a college student, getting credit and soaring. I love to ice skate and write poetry. I miss the skating because of the pandemic.

 

 

 

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 Friday, October 16th, 2020 in Advocacy,Autism,Community,Families,Motor,Nonspeakers,S2C,Spelling to Communicate

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