The quote is from my wife's blog on her myspace (link in my signature block)..................
"I just got the link to this article in an email from one of Trevor's (our son's) therapists.
It's about a 13-year-old, non-verbal autistic girl who is finally able to communicate via an assistive technology device. Although doctors had previously described her as severely cognitively impaired, she's proven that she is anything but this by communicating clearly and intelligently with this device. I found it both inspiring and heartbreaking...inspiring because it gives me hope that we'll be able to unlock Trevor's voice and thoughts from their autistic prison, but painful because I can't protect him from the hurt he may feel when people make ignorant or assuming comments on his abilities.
Ask yourself this: how would it feel to be unable to verbally respond when you hear people saying that you're "mentally retarded"? What would it be like to be an intelligent person trapped in a world of silence? For me, this sounds like some kind of horrific, Twilight-Zoneesque kind of life."