Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with extreme autism at the age of 2. At the age of 10, after many years of ABA therapy, along with speech-language and physio therapies, Carly began communicating on a voice-output device, and eventually on a personal computer. Her progress has been captured in news segments on ABC, CTV (Canada's largest national television network) and CNN as well as in the press.
By the time she was 13, Carly was writing fiction, letters of advocacy to celebrities and news personalities and e-mails to people interested in her progress. Carly is actively using social media to share rich insights into the experience of living with autism. Her writing on how she processes information and sensory inputs has been fascinating and has given the world tremendous understanding of this perplexing condition.
Carly is keen to share with the world the truths of autism. Although she realizes she may seem quite different from those who do not live with autism, inside she has many of the same hopes and dreams. “I’m cute. I’m funny. And I just want to be a kid,” she has said.
To date, Carly has nearly 11,000 people following her on Facebook and Twitter and eagerly responds to their questions. She is assisting her father in the writing of a memoir. As she says, “Autism will only get out in the open if we talk about it.”