To The Ones Who Once Dismissed Me

You said I was hopeless

You avoided looking at me

You tried to erase my humanity

You said I had no dignity

 

I tried the best I could

Yet, I was mocked

From your pedestal you laughed

You ignored my pain and my existence

 

You called yourself an expert

An educator, a doctor, a therapist

Your “knowledge” based on stereotypes

You decided I wasn’t worthy

 

I have proved you wrong

Even though I’m still the same

I am strong and I move forward

While you stay behind, you stopped learning

 

I am the same non-speaking autistic

My disabilities have not vanished

I still need a lot of support

I look and act very differently

 

But I am unique, I was told

My words have reached many

I can type my thoughts and feelings

I am heard, I matter

 

You don’t really know what you’ve missed

When you said I had no future

You were sure I’d be forgotten

Nobody would ever see me

 

But I proved you wrong

And I made my own destiny

I have friends who truly see me

Without negating my many needs

 

That was your mistake

It was also your loss

My future is mine alone

You were wrong, but you are the past

 

The scars you left still hurt

And there are others like you

The deniers, the biased, the ones who won’t listen

But I proved you wrong, and I’ll do it again

 

Because I have my voice

And I’ve learned how to be heard

 

 

Copyright 2012 by Amy Sequenzia

Amy Sequenzia is a  non-speaking autistic self-advocate, writer and poet. She types using facilitated communication. She also has epilepsy and mild cerebral palsy.

In 2012 she became part of the Board of Directors at Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). She was a presenter at the conference “Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds” at Ryerson University in Toronto and at the “Hear Our Voices”, CARD Conference in Orlando, FL.

Her work has been published in a variety of websites and journals: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, The Shift Journal, Think Inclusive, Autism Now Center, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, The Loud Hands Project and Spectrum – The film.

She blogs for Ollibean  and The Autism Women’s Network and has  published three small books of poetry. She likes to talk to her  friends on Facebook and enjoys sharing experiences with the autistic community.