Responding to a question: What would you like to do tomorrow?
My name is Ido Kedar, I am an autistic guy with a message. I spent the first half of my life completely trapped in silence. The second - on becoming a free soul. I had to fight to get an education. Now I am a regular education student. I communicate by typing on an iPad or a letter board. My book, "Ido in Autismland" is now available on Amazon. It is an autism diary, telling the story of my symptoms, education, and journey into communication. I hope to help other autistic people find a way out of their silence too.
Have you noticed how many new books are coming out by severely autistic, non-verbal people? If you look at my book on Amazon you can see many other books recently published by teens who type. I am glad to see it. Routinely experts claim we are one in a million if we get out of rememdial education and communicate fluently. I think the number is too high. If more and more autistic authors have books we each are less than one in a million, right? Maybe by now it's 1 in 10,000 or so (Drat, I'm not so special after all, ha ha). Read more about One in a Million, or So
It is a great honor to speak to future teachers in special education. I began my life in special education of the most restrictive sort. My early years had to be my hardest because I had no voice at all. I want to challenge you to be open to teaching those who may currently lack the ability to show their intelligence, but who still deserve the opportunity to learn. It is hard to be a teacher of kids who don’t communicate. The kids don't have writing, or gestures, or speech, or facial expressions, but that doesn’t mean they can’t think. Read more about Opening of my Remarks at CSUN Department of Special Education Commencement
by guest blogger, Michael Ramirezwww.special-fit.comRecently I received a call from a parent asking if I could fitness train an autistic child. Ihad been a high school baseball coach for over 10 years. Much of my expertise in fitnesshad come from various experiences in working with athletes in strength and conditioningprograms, working in fitness centers, through textbook study, and apprenticing otherfitness experts. I also had 10 years of experience working as a behaviorist with autisticchildren. Read more about Creating a Fitness Program for People with Autism
It has been a long time since I posted a blog. The purpose of this blog is to express the truth I have experienced in Autismland. I felt happy I had the opportunity to help other people with autism, or their parents, or specialists. To my joy, I have received feedback that my book or blog has transformed the way people see their kids. The feedback from students in grad school and some professionals has also made me hopeful about the future. It is so important for professionals and parents to hear the point-of-view of people with autism. Read more about Forum
Here is a playable link to the radio interview my mother and I did with Autism Spectrum Therapies in Honor of Autism Awareness month. My interview starts about ten minutes into the broadcast. My segment was pre-recorded because otherwise there would have been a lot of silence while I typed my replies.Hope you like it.http://www.voiceamerica.com/guest/16686/ido-kedar Read more about My Radio Interview for Autism awareness Month
I'm back from presenting at the Moses-Aaron Cooperative today with my fellow non-verbal autistic friends. We wrote speeches that are read by someone else. It is a really elating experience. We all were silent and stuck internally for the early part of our lives. Now we are not. It is a terrific thing to be a part of. Thanks to fearless Jackie Redner, the instigator of this important enterprise. This is our third time meeting and hopefully many more will follow. Read more about An Opportunity to Be Heard
I heard about the horrible tornadoes in the South and Midwest. I can't even imagine how scary it was for the people there. I live in earthquake country. We have spare flashlights, canned food, and water, but in a tornado all is blown away. I heard about people hiding in their bathtubs, of whole communities destroyed, and of weird stories too. I was saddened to hear that it is possible to be lifted into a tornado, so I was amazed to hear about the dog that was sucked into one and flown away. Read more about Hope for Tornado Victims