Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Library Book Review of "My Voice: Autism, Life & Dreams" by Amy Sequenzia

My son shares his thoughts on another great book we have available at the Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Lending Library!   "My Voice: Autism, Life & Dreams" is a book of poetry by Autistic activist Amy Sequenzia.   My son loves poetry and Amy is one of his favorites:

"My favorite in the book is “Respect”.   One of the reasons I like this book is because the poet has disabilities, like me.   For one thing, we are both Autistic.  It actually makes me feel good.  I guess you could say that we are both pretty smart.  

“Respect”  teaches what is the name of the poem.  Sometimes, she might not feel respected.  Sometimes, I feel that way too.  I think she knows that she is perfect the way she is.  Maybe people without disabilities don’t think that about us.

I think she might be correct about “seeing beyond the cover of my being”.   I don’t think people should judge people because they have disabilities.  I think we want to make friends with people and would be a good friend. " 

From "Respect" by Amy Sequenzia

I am who I am and I hope to be respected
I am all my abilities, including my disabilities
I expect to be heard

To read more of Amy's writing, check out her blog: Non-Speaking Autistic Speaking