Friday, October 24, 2008

Listen

Addie says "Listen to me." Addie's mom says listen to these kids, take 3 minutes and 25 seconds to watch it a first time to get over anything that might need getting over, if applicable. For me, this was getting past the emotion of seeing so much living proof in 3 minutes of our conviction that as a teenager, an adult, Addie will continue to be the confident, powerful, joyful, contributing member of many communities that she is now. For my 9 year old, she needed to ask me a question after the first viewing. Because the majority of the young adult AAC users in the video use wheelchairs did that mean that Addie would too by that age. No, hon, everybody's different, even when we tend to group by similarities. Once you process your own stuff on first viewing, watch again and listen.

Since I first saw this a few hours ago I have watched it 9 or 10 times. I hear something new every time.

AAC users have something to tell you. Addie has something to tell you.

Listen.

3 comments:

Cindy said...

That is a great video. Thanks so much for sharing.

I love all the smiling faces...it's so obvious they enjoy talking, music and moving around, just like most kids!

Michelle said...

Okay so I couldn't make it through the video without tears. I'm a sap! I loved seeing all those kids getting their voices out and it renewed my resolve to help Austin get his "voice" out there as well. Thank you for sharing.

Myssie said...

I love the video! I love hearing their voices and seeing their smiles. Beautiful.

Thanks for sharing Terri.