Time to Give Thanks
By Sarah Ackerman
Happy Thanksgiving! It is a time for me to give thanks for all I have.
I am grateful for so many things. My family, my friends, my communication partners, and those who support me every day. I am fortunate to have so many people who care about me and who want to help me to pursue my goals for a better future.
Nonspeakers need the support of many individuals. We rely on others every day to carry out basic tasks that others find easy. Nonspeakers are dependent on communication partners and devices to share their feelings, knowledge, and thoughts.
I am so appreciative of all that is done to help me!
Sarah Ackerman is a 29 year-old autistic nonspeaker who has been Spelling to Communicate since 2017. Sarah loves to be a voice for nonspeakers. She is proud to be a member of the Spellers and Allies Advocacy Network and SEEN (Spellers Empowering Education for Nonspeakers). Sarah has contributed to articles, blogs, panel discussions, and webinars to ensure nonspeakers are represented and have access to effective communication.
By Gregory Tino
Thankful for autumn’s glorious days.
Thankful for sun’s warm glowing rays.
Thankful for home, safe and secure.
Thankful for parents, loving most pure.
Thankful for siblings, constant and true.
Thankful for love that is given to you.
Thankful to gather for a beautiful meal.
Thankful for holiday, and joy that is real.
Thankful to celebrate, with the people I love.
Thankful to God, who is watching above.
Thankful for a world, filled with wonderful gifts.
Thankful for living, where such love exists.
Thankful for holiday, filled with good cheer.
Thankful for Thanksgiving, best day of the year.
Gregory Tino is a nonspeaking autistic who has been spelling on a letterboard to communicate since 2017. He is an advocate for other nonspeakers, presents at conferences, and his goal is to educate people on the incredible capabilities of people with autism. He has written four books, The Land Called Boring , The Autistic Mind Finally Speaks , The Autistic Boy In The Unruly Body , and Santa’s Gift . He also has written the narrative for multiple videos on his YouTube channel which is entitled Gregory C Tino. He is a proud member of the Spellers & Allies advocacy group and SEEN (Spellers Empowering Education for Nonspeakers). In his free time he enjoys writing for his blog The Autistic Mind Finally Speaks on WordPress and spending time with family and his Inside Voice friends.