User Blogs

Faith, Hope, and Love…With Autism, written by Philip Reyes, details his journey to open communication through the RPM method. Philip discusses his personal experiences and autism, as well as issues pertaining to the autistic and non-speaking community at large.

Dare to Listen, written by Graciela, is a personal account of her experiences accessing communication through RPM. This includes her poetry and written pieces discussing everything from accessing education as a non-speaking individual to her desires as a self-advocate.

Jordyn’s Rocky Journey – My Adventures with an Uncontrollable Body, shares the words of a 14 year old boy with autism whose main goal in life is to spread love as far as possible. He writes about his struggles in gaining control over his body, as well as the amazing relationships and opportunities he’s been able to experience since gaining his voice.

Jacob’s Voice, hosted by the Anchor of Hope Foundation, is the writing of 19-year-old Jacob, who uses a letterboard to communicate. He writes about his struggles with an uncooperative body, his work for more control, and efforts for deeper inclusion in the community.

I am in my head is a family based blog, with words from Ryan, an 11 year old boy, as well as his family. Their journey with RPM started in 2014, and the communication skills gained since then have opened a wide world of experiences for the family.

Ido in Autismland, by Ido Kedar, is really an extension of his book (by the same name) in which he shares his experiences and thoughts, all from the perspective of an autistic guy who found a path from silence into open communication.

Returning James is hosted by James’ mother Brooke. The blog combines writings from both James and his mother to share the impact RPM and typing to communicate has had for their family, and how others might also find more access to communication and expression.

Rhema’s Hope, was started by her mother in 2008 and outlines their journey with autism and a seizure disorder. Along that path, the family found out that their daughter had so much more going on the inside than they realized. With access to spelling and typing, Rhema has shown her family and others just how much she has to offer.

Hear Me Speak Without A Voice – Now My Wants Are Being Heard, written by 14 year old Kaylie, tells her story of finding RPM and her access to communication. She shares her personal stories while working to advocate for access to communication for other non-speaking individuals.

Unlocking My Potential is written by Ian Aronow (with occasional contributions from his mom, Pam). Ian is a non-speaking autistic teenager who wants to build a community with others. Ian shares his thoughts and experiences about life with a letterboard. The site allows readers to submit questions to be answered on the blog.

Niko Boskovic is 16 years old and uses a letterboard to communicate. His access to communication through a letterboard has him in mainstream classes, on the path to a diploma and holding down a part time job. He is an active advocate hoping to show the world that autistic people are capable of so much more than many realize.

rpmwithcoco showcases the writings of Coco, a young girl who found her voice through RPM. Through her writing and poetry (with some extra bits from her mother), Coco invites us in to understand more of her experiences in life.

Utter Communication Strategies, by Mark Utter, is often written as a letter to his readers. His blog follows his work and advocacy for all people with disabilities and to increase understanding in the community. He is also a consultant and public speaker.

Screaming in Silence is the blog of Ashish, who found his voice through the letterboard in 2016. His sister created the blog as a platform for him to share his thoughts and goals.

Inside the Autistic Mind is the blog of Ashish Jain, who found his voice through the letterboard in 2016. His father created the blog as a platform for him to share his thoughts and goals.

Sarah Stup, her autism, her writings, is the vehicle for Sarah to communicate with the world, through typing. She is also the author of numerous books and works of poetry. Her writings are for both children and adults, and offer insight into the world of autism.

Ollibean is a community of parents, families and advocates that celebrate neurodiversity while working together to create a more inclusive and accessible word. Ollibean writers include: prominent autistic activist Amy Sequenzia, celebrated autistic author and artist Judy Endow, MSW, and the youngest recipient of The Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Service to the Self Advocacy Movement Award, Henry Frost.

Josh and His Praying Heart on Autism is written by 21 year old non-speaking self-advocate, Josh Berkau. Josh began learning to communicate by typing with FC at the age of 16 and started this blog to share his joys, struggles, and faith on his nonspeaking journey toward independence.

Lifeline is the blog of Kaegan Smith and his mother Josha. Through RPM, Kaegan has been able to gain more control of his body, but most of all, has found a way to communicate with those around him. His blog shares some of his observations and thoughts.

Growing Kids Therapy Center is focused on supporting non-speaking individuals who spell to communicate. Their blog features stories about, and by, many of their clients.

Typing 4 Change is written by 18-year-old Dillan Barmache, who was in 7th grade when he began learning to communicate by typing and with a letterboard through RPM. He is now a high school graduate preparing for college.

Reach Every Voice provides communication instruction using both RPM and FC in individual and group settings in Maryland. Their community blog hosts writings by some of their students.

Not Too Trapped In My Head Anymore is the blog of 11-year-old Chicago resident Pablo Hernandez, who communicates effectively by pointing to letters on a letterboard, which he learned to do through RPM. He writes his blog entries in English; his family translates them into Spanish for the benefit of extended family and friends.

Mitchell’s Life with Autism is the blog of Chicago-based high school student Mitchell Robins. Mitchell communicates “in many different ways including American Sign Language, letterboard, my iPad, and through my facial expressions.