My name is Kota. I am an energetic, curious, loving 4 year old. I also live with nonverbal autism. I want to engage with the world around me, but I don't have the traditional toolset, speech. I want the world around me to slow down and see my joy, my love, and my frustration. If you allow me, I will take you by the hand and show you the things I want or need. I will gesture and show you the signs I know. I am smart! I am funny! I have spunk! I have a story to tell, will you listen?
Being a person with nonverbal autism doesn't mean that we cannot communicate. It just means that others may need to work harder to "listen" to what we are communicating to them. Whether a person with nonverbal autism signs, writes, gestures, uses a device, a facial expression, a squeal of glee, or a cry of discomfort they are trying to connect with the world around them. Join our team in honor and acceptance of all people who struggle with nonverbal autism. Show us your acceptance and help out an organization that works tirelessly to connect us to much needed resources.