What is the Autistic Spectrum? What is this label that has been so freely used in the past to describe people who are ‘different’ to the ‘normal’ and ‘average’ human being. It appears to be a vast spectrum filled with people with varying gifts, talents and abilities.
Is the Planet, is Consciousness requiring these special talents and abilities at this time? As our world seems to be becoming more complex is there a requirement for some of the special skills people labeled as autistic possess?
From within ourselves to within a system…the beauty of this speech is that Erica is not hostile, she is not going into the ‘wrongness’ of everything, she is asking for change and that the change required needs to come from within. That each and every person has something to offer. That each person is no less or no more than the other. What do you have to offer to the world? What are your capacities? What do you know that no one else knows that will contribute to and create change on this planet?
The following speech was given by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010