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Inclusion For The Whole Spectrum -Learning Disabled & Functionally Non-Verbal People On The Autism Spectrum Have Voices Too


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I recently went to a Autism Event and saw a wonderful lady with Autism and Learning Disabilities speaking about her life, likes, dislikes her partner and how she accesses the  the world with the help of her Ipad it was a real piece of empowerment to listen to her story, it shows the true diversity of Autism and the spectrum.


I saw more than “Autism” I saw a happy, content, out-going, confident, social individual  with for a zest for life and showed the importance of inclusion. 🙂


All people on the spectrum have a right to be heard we all have words of value to say, share and experience (people who are expressively non-verbal have word within their heads) and people with Autism and Learning Disabilities have words of equal value to, the true eclectic nature of the spectrum is what should be heard, understood, acknowledged and accepted. these are intelligent capable people too with reflective and empowering things to say. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2014



Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

3 thoughts on “Inclusion For The Whole Spectrum -Learning Disabled & Functionally Non-Verbal People On The Autism Spectrum Have Voices Too

  1. Hi, I am CH. I have a Mom and two brothers with Autism. My mom has a blog also about her life with my brothers and I sometimes. I am the only child with out Autism in my family. My youngest brother is non-verbal. He was taken out of school this year because one of the paraprofessionals were possibly abusing him. He is now home schooled and much happier. My oldest younger brother is high functioning. The school has bullied him too a little but it was fixed quickly.

    I got my dad’s genes I am dyslexic and recently been diagnosed with Bi polar. Dyslexia is one thing I worked on since I was in first or second grade and you can barely tell I have it anymore. I am still horrible in English class though.

    Right now even at a young age not even out of high school yet. I am training to be a special ed teacher. I saw what they did to my brothers and I decided I want to make difference in how they run things. Even my boyfriend who was recently in study skills is what my school calls it, says that they do nothing to help him. He also has a brother in there too which needs a lot of help and never gets any. But some of their problem is behavior, so they need to target that as well in that class room.

    I hope this isn’t too long to read. I will read more of your blogs.

    Sincerely, CH

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