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Entries by United for Communication Choice

Camarillo Boy, 10, Shares His Story of Autism with Ventura College Students

Ventura County Star (California) Ten-year-old Camarillo, California author Diego Peña, who communicates by typing on an iPad and by pointing to letters on a letterboard, speaks at Ventura College for the 2018 Diversity in Culture Festival about his best-selling book on Amazon, Anatomy of Autism. “It is the lifeline to love, friendship, needs and success,” […]

Nonverbal and College Bound

The Daily Cal (California) Column in daily student newspaper of the University of California Berkeley by junior Hari Srinivasan about his journey to and experience at UC Berkeley so far as a nonspeaking autistic student, and that of fellow nonspeaking autistic student David Teplitz. Hari types to communicate, which he learned at the age of […]

Communication Conundrum

The Daily Cal (California) UC Berkeley student staff writer for The Daily Cal student newspaper, Hari Srinivasan, is nonspeaking and communicates by typing. In this piece, he explains his neurology and characterizes intelligence in terms of “input” and “output” systems. “We autistics may yet surprise you, and we have a lot to contribute to society. […]


This Peabody Award-winning documentary tells the story of DJ Savarese, a nonspeaking autistic young man who types to communicate. DJ graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Oberlin College in 2017. The documentary covers DJ’s educational journey from being fully included in his local public high school in Iowa, to college in Ohio, and provides a window into his daily personal and emotional life. DJ starred in and co-directed the documentary to help promote access and inclusion for other nonspeaking individuals. It premiered on the PBS World Channel in fall 2017.


Unspoken is a self-portrait of New York City-based autistic teenager Emma Zurcher-Long. Emma, who communicates by typing, co-directed the documentary and is a frequent presenter at national conferences. Her writing can be found at

Brilliance of Autistic Teen ‘Set Free’ By New Device

Staten Island Real-Time News (New York) Nineteen-year-old autistic Staten Island resident Nicholas D’Amora communicates with a QWERTY letterboard. “‘It has to be at their appropriate level; you have to assume competence, but this is just a teaching method. The communication is later on. It takes time, patience, persistence, and trust on their part to know […]