A card in a person's hand against a blue background. On the card is a poem from Lucy Blackman titled, Voice. The poem read: A triangle in a world of violins, an echo not an original chord, my voice sings for the angels.

Wikipedia.org Article on Lucy Blackman3 min read

Editor’s Note: Anti-autistic Wikipedia editors have long been vandalizing and rewriting the narrative around autism and neurodiversity, with the most aggressive editing directed at non-speaking autistics.

As a result, many of their pages have been deleted.  The Aspergian, in an act of purposeful protest, is reposting the articles which have been removed.  We will be adding links to the author’s and organization’s personal sites, and encourage all autistics and allies to read more from non-speaking autistics.  Click here for other articles deleted from Wikipedia or to read about efforts to silence autistics.

Special thanks to Ren Everett for taking the lead on this project.  Poem, “Voice,” taken from Lucy Blackman’s page at Brotherhood of the Wordless.


Lucy Blackman

Lucy Blackman (born 1972 in Melbourne, Australia) is an autistic author.  She received a BA (Hons) in Literary Studies at Deakin University in Geelong, and subsequently a M.A.

She was the first nonspeaking autistic person in Australia to become a published author with her book, Lucy’s Story (2001).  Having begun to use typed communication in adolescence, Lucy progressed to being an independent typer via the communication technique of facilitated communication training through Melbourne’s DEAL Communication Centre, run by Rosemary Crossley, beginning at the age of 14.

As an adult, Blackman has given public presentations on her experiences with autism and the importance to her of facilitated communication in having given her a voice.  Advocates of facilitated communication reference Blackman’s case as providing strong evidence supporting this technique as a viable pathway to communication where verbal speech may otherwise never develop.

“I find it difficult to understand why other people are more interested in the process of what I produce than the content.”  –Lucy Blackman

Lucy Blackman authored a chapter in the book Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone.  In the introduction to her chapter, Douglas Biklen writes:

In all my personal interactions with Lucy Blackman, I have found her opinionated, articulate, humorous, ever so candid, and always ready to challenge my ideas or anyone else’s.  In her chapter, these qualities persist.  At several points, she suggests that my questions are from a nonautistic perspective and therefore not about topics that she would herself choose to discuss; she seems to find mine annoying.  For that matter, she questions other normate takes on autism as well.  For example, she points out that if experts insist on focusing on communication impairment and social interaction as diagnostic markers for autism, then the field may fail to notice other factors that lead to these “peculiarities” [Blackman’s term].[1]

Works

  • Review by Christi Kasa-Hendrickson in Facilitated Communication Digest, The newsletter of the Facilitated Communication Institute vol.9, no.1, 2001 Syracuse University
  • “Reflections on Language” by Lucy Blackman, pp. 146–167 in Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone ed.  by Douglas Biklen.  New York University Press, (2005) ISBN 0-8147-9928-0
  • “Strategies to Teach Improved Behaviours to a Non-Speaking Adolescent and Adult Who Had Not Received Formal Early Intervention,” by Lucy Blackman and Mary A.  Blackman.  Presentation with video at The ARMS Global Autism Conference, Brisbane (2006) Abstract

References

  1. Jump up^ Biklen, Douglas, et al.  (2005). Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone.  New York University Press, p.  145. ISBN 0-8147-9928-0
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4 Comments

  1. What more could we expect from a website ran by someone who subscribes to some bullshit pseudo-philosophy glorifying selfishness created by some delusional woman with a fetish for a child murderer?

    1. I assume this is Wikipedia?

      “Someone” – Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger?  Because Sanger dissociated himself from Wikipedia a long time ago.

      “Bullshit pseudo-philosophy” – Objectivism?

      “Delusional woman” – Ayn Rand?

      “Child murderer” – Dillinger?

      Or are you talking about the Aspergian?

      Because I don’t think any of Lucy Blackman’s people would correspond to your words above, Anon.

      One criticism of the article: It doesn’t have TALKING OF MACBETH and a long autobiographical document fifteen years after LUCY’S STORY which is about language and communication.

      The “Voice” epigram – where in the text did you get it from?


  2. I am NT.  I sometimes find I cannot say what I want to say, and typing or writing helps me get it out.  I don’t know whether that is anything like facilitated communication, but I do know that when I cannot communicate it is intensely frustrating.  Anything to facilitate communication is liberating.  So I wish you well.

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