As the mother of a non-speaking, seventeen year old with autism, we have faced many prejudices on a daily basis. My son, Adam, has not let that stop him. He communicates with an iPad and has his own YouTube Channel - Tech Talk With Adam Morgan - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBhsakJ4qPCFhhjyPpdkQwA
Adam is a Senior in High School and is college-bound. He was the first student in his school district to take the ACT and has a 3.3 GPA. The biggest and most profound barrier he deals with on a daily basis is others' lack of belief in, valuation, and patronizing attitudes towards him. Once he gets past that barrier is when the success begins.
He was just accepted into Lindenwood University and waiting to hear back from another college. He will be the first non-speaking degree seeking student at either of these Universities so we will likely have to go through it all again.
Furthermore, I completed a doctoral degree in educational leadership with an emphasis in Andragogy in 2017 because I was tired of being told I'm just a mom and not an expert. My research looked at the teacher's beliefs, attitudes, and values of students with autism and my results were very interesting, to say the least.
I look forward to hearing back from you.