“I would encourage instructors to treat their trainees humanely regardless of their ideas regarding handicaps,” Diego Pena, Age 9
By Debra Muzikar
A couple months ago I realised a Ventura Region 3rd grader, Diego Pena, nine years old, non-speaking with an autism medical diagnosis, who had actually composed a publication on the Amazon finest vendor listing, Composition of Autism: A Pocket Overview for Educators, Parents as well as Pupils. In order to learn more about Diego’s publication as well as exactly how it happened, AoA interviewed Diego for an Art of Autism special
Diego is totally included in a basic education and learning class with his interaction companion, Amanda. Diego additionally joins the Gifted as well as Talented Education (GATE) program in his area. He was awarded a $150 give by the ENTRANCE program to develop a poster and course video with his peers to educate others regarding autism. Diego’s instructor, Mrs. Amy Wood, urged Diego to transform the project right into a book, which we currently called one of Amazon’s successful publications, Anatomy of Autism. Diego likes imaginative writing, telling ironical and also witty jokes, as well as playing outdoors.
Right here are my inquiries and also Diego’s feedbacks.
Q: Exactly how old are you?
A: I am the enchanting age of a young brilliant, which is 9.
Q: Just how old were you when you began writing the book Makeup of Autism!.
?. !? A: I was just 9. It was a piece of cake. And also yes, that was sarcasm.
It was a labor of love. Q: Why did you create guide? A: My instructor informed me to blog about my Gifted and also Gifted Education And Learning (GATE) job, “Composition of Autism.” After I was done she stated to release it which was the most effective guidance.
Q: Can you tell me something concerning your education and learning experience.
A: I go to public institution and it’s mostly been remarkable. The one unfavorable experience I did have actually could have ruined my life due to lacking education. I would encourage educators to treat their pupils humanely despite their beliefs regarding disabilities.
Q: What is the greatest misconception concerning autism you would certainly like people to understand?
A: The most significant misconception is that we aren’t clever, yet we are.
Q: What do you want people to understand about non-speaking autistic individuals?
A: Speak with us like every person else. We comprehend you. We require time to react. Our bodies aren’t always participating.
Q: Any suggestions for parents and teachers?
A: Never give up.
Q: Are you mosting likely to be having any publication finalizing events in the near future?
A: I need to work with an aide first.
Some passages from Diego’s publication which we will include in our autism preferred quotes web page:
“Trust me, I intend to speak with you. My failure to talk is puzzled for my knowledge. I do have a voice, I speak to a Talker (my iPad), and I get to share my capacity as a thinker like every person else.”
“Dealing with communication in a purposeful way should be a concern when collaborating with us. There is nothing even worse than being excluded of the conversation. Talk with us please; we like to be consisted of. You have the power to make a distinction in just how people judge a person with autism.”
“When you come across someone like me, do not quit teaching due to the fact that we are capable of learning. We can being electric motor superstars at our own pace. Just know we strive every day.”
This year Diego was honor the Autism Culture of Ventura’s Awesome in Autism Person of the Year honor. Diego’s publication Anatomy of Autism: A Pocket Guide for Educators, Parents and also Trainees can be purchased on Amazon.com.