I Am Intelligent: From Heartbreak To Healing--A Mother And Daughter's Journey Through Autism

I Am Intelligent: From Heartbreak To Healing--A Mother And Daughter's Journey Through Autism

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This riveting memoir of extreme loss and unimaginable gain recounts the story of a child who, although unable to expressherself, lives fully aware of her limiting circumstances. Robbed of speech and bodily control, and despite her loving parents' best efforts to help her, Peyton Goddard suffered neglect and ongoing abuse by many who dismissed her as autistic and severely mentally retarded. No one could have imagined that she possessed a brilliant mind in her uncooperative body until her first opportunity to communicate electronically at age 22 when she typed "i am intlgent," a breakthrough reminiscent of The Miracle Worker. Today Peyton is following through on her vow to be an advocate on behalf of other devalued people. Her inspirational life helps readers transcend stereotypes and join her in the radical notion that, as she says, "All people are vastly valuable. Treasure all because great is each."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762779253
Publisher: Skirt!
Publication date: 06/05/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peyton Goddard has become the first person using facilitated communication to graduate valedictorian from a U.S. college. Her story has been featured in publications such as the San Diego Union-Tribune and she recently co-authored the foreword of a book for K–12 educators entitled Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making. Dianne Goddard is a former educator who committed herself to seeking a cure for her daughter's neurological challenges. Carol Cujec is a freelance writer and college professor.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert A. Friedman ix

Author's Note xv

1 Committed 1

2 Retarded 15

3 Segregated 44

4 Silenced 71

5 Institutions 84

6 Seeking a Seat at the Table 118

7 Dr. FreedMe 155

8 I Am Intlgent 170

9 I Want an Education 196

10 Commencement 227

11 I Want to Feel So I Can Heal 237

12 A Pure Helium Heart 264

Recommended Resources on Autism and Inclusion 268

About the Authors 269

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