Thursday, 26 January 2012

Reaching Out With Revelation.

We live in a world where many have been subjected to stigma, stereotyping, labels and assumptions.   Perhaps a video like this will make those who too easily pass judgement, think again.


  1. That reduced me to a blubbering lump...what an amazing young woamn and what strong and dedicated parents to help her find her "voice".

  2. Hello Gary:
    What a powerful film. As you say, it would, at a first glance, be easy to dismiss Carly as someone not capable of achieving very much and, yet clearly in spite of her many challenges, she is a most able young woman.

    Perhaps it is generally true that we all need someone to believe in our abilities and give us the support to achieve them. For, it is so true, that everyone has a voice and a right to be heard.

  3. Isn't it amazing?? Well I know I'm such a technophobe and am totally bah-humbbuggy when it comes to new tech things but of course they too could be a force for good!! Here is a brilliant example! Now Carlie/Carly can speak her mind, literally! she's blogging and twittering and writing a novel!

    I love her most articulate insight into her mind too - the thrashing about is because she is in battle with her brain - her physical tics and movements are a reaction to sensory overload. She is truly blazing the way to helping those who do not have autism or experience of it understand her environment.

    Great film - all the best to Carly and her fab family! Take care

  4. That's amazing! How did Carly learn to read and write if she wasn't able to sit still for those lessons? And by the sound of it, no one ever even tried. They didn't think she was capable. So she learned that all on her own. That in itself is a miracle. I was shocked to hear what she felt about her body, why she hit her head, or didn't look at people, or why she screams. That whole sensory thing is unimaginable. I can't even imagine what it must be like to be her. She is a remarkably brave young woman, and whip-smart, too. Brilliant even. Wow! Kind of reminds me of Hellen Keller, how trapped she was within her own dysfunctional body. And Carly's parents, wow, they are tenacious and dedicated. I so understand where her father was coming from. How can anyone give up on their child? I so get that, but I'm also amazed by their level of dedication. Simply an amazing story. Thanks for sharing, Gary.

  5. Fascinating story, and a true testament to the worth and value of each and every individual, regardless of what others "think" of them. Right, indeed, Gary - time to take pause and avoid judgment and stereotyping. This young woman shouts that from the mountain tops now! Thank you for so poignantly reminding us.

  6. "I want something that will put out the fire." In finding her own way out, she has helped us all see in. Magnificent.

  7. Hi Y'all,

    What a wonderful video.

    For years now determined parents have been discovering more and more about their autistic children. I recall reading about one who was a brilliant pianist. One day his parents set him in front of a piano and it changed his life.

    Most autistic children are brilliant, but their brilliance is so completely focused in a particular area like music or math. The trick is figuring out the key to unlock it.

    Dyslexia is another disability, if you will, that was misunderstood for many years. When I first started teaching, teachers were just beginning to recognize and give special help to children suffering from the various forms of dyslexia.

    When you think of all the people in the past that were put in institutions believing they were "retarded". Today, even children who have limited abilities can be trained to live on their own or live in a group home.

    Who is to say what's normal?

    BrownDog's Human

    John 7:24, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

  8. Wonderful. THank you for sharing this x

  9. Hi Gary .. I'll have to come back - I'm whizzing by you today and back tomorrow .. I think it's called going north - south! This sounds such a wonderful story and I definitely want to watch the video ..

    Have a good weekend .. Hilary

  10. Thanks incredible. Thankyou for sharing :-)

  11. Bless her heart. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This made me angry, then hopeful. Angry because the world is amazing and also awful. I know I have something to learn from Carly, but I'm also ashamed that so much money and resources are wasted in favour of greed, when it's so easy to find a cure to extinguish the fire that's causing her so much pain.

    Thank you for sharing her story with us, Gary.

  13. Wow. Thank you so much for posting such an inspiring video. :-)

  14. Dear Gary,
    A very inspiring little film you have found here. (Sorry, that grammatically inept sentence sounds like Yoda in "Star Wars").
    Anyways, like everyone above, I found this amazing and moving. But then, why should we be "amazed" at this girl's talents. Perhaps everyone should have assumed that she was a capable human being in the first instance, instead of thinking that she was incapable of such things.
    And, as you say, Gary, this reminds us all of how our assumptions about some people with apparent disabilities are often wrong, and that stereotyping and the resulting stigma can be as much a problem as illness itself.
    Thanks for showing this, and may the force be with you,

  15. thank you for posting!! This is a most important video for all of us!

  16. I'm so glad things are finally opening up for those who think and see differently than the masses. We'll need their brains- and hearts- in the strange new world.

  17. Wow that is awesome. The sound didn't come up on your blog so I went over to youtube to watch it and it was extremely moving. People talk in front of my dad as if he can't hear/understand and I know he can despite his alzheimer's.

  18. Thank you for sharing. This is very touching. Also this gives us an idea about how wrong we can be at times. My neice has down syndrome and our Mom used to worry about her a lot. I wish that our Mom was alive today so I could show this clip to her and she would worry less.
    The parents here are incredible and a perfect example of how parents shold be.

  19. Oh Gary! This really made me cry tears of joy. What an amazing film. I deal with this subeject all the time in my job and have never seen anything like this. I just wish I could share it with my work collegues. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    Fantastic post, best wishes to you Di xxx

  20. Greetings dear friends,
    As you may well be aware, usually I try to reply to each individual person who has so kindly taken the time to leave a response.
    On this occasion, there is truly no need. For you have said it all and I very much echo all your encouraging thoughts.
    It is why I only left a brief paragraph with this posting. The video, the determination of Carly and her parents, is testimony that love goes beyond any labels. To use that old adage,'you cannot judge a book by its label', resonates and rings true within one of the most powerful and inspirational videos I have even seen.
    Here's to a more understanding, less judgemental future, for all of us.
    With much respect to Carly and her family. With much respect to you.
    In kindness, your friend in the great blogging community that celebrates diversity, Gary

  21. Hi Y'all,

    Miss Penny, I would like to present your blog, which you share with your human, an award I feel befitting you...One Lovely Blog Award...

    Please stop tomorrow to pick up y'alls award.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  22. Hi Hawk,
    Why thank you kindly for thinking of lil' ol' me for the "One Lovely Blog Award".
    Hawk, I am truly honoured that you would bestow this award upon me. I shall do a 'pawsting' about it, very soon.
    Thank you so much, Hawk :)
    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses, your way, Penny xx

  23. That is one powerful story. It just proves you can never really tell what's going on in another person's mind. I'm happy that Carly's found a way to tell the world what's going on in hers.

  24. Hi Ian,
    It is a very profound and touching story. For sure, through the positive aspects of technology, Carly has reached out and touched us with such inspirational conviction.
    Thanks Ian.
    With respect and positive wishes, your way, Gary

  25. Hi Gary .. I'm glad I kept this video until I had time to view it - absolutely fascinating .. completely absorbing ..

    Just so uplifting - we are a great species .. gosh - long may she have a happy life and fulfilling life - sounds as though she's on her way ..

    Thanks so much for posting the video .. cheers Hilary

  26. Hi Hilary,
    Firstly, I would like to thank you for coming back and viewing this profound, inspirational and like you note, fascinating and absorbing video.
    Carly is a remarkable young lady and is testimony to the more resilient and determined aspects of humanity. I believe that she will inspire many who have the privilege to see what she is achieving, despite her situation. It also shows that technology can be a very good thing, indeed!
    Thank you, Hilary.
    With respect and kind wishes, Gary


I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.