Valerie Gilpeer – I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust
Air Date: Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at 4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM ET
Valerie Gilpeer is a former attorney in Los Angeles who has been practicing law for forty years, Emily Grodin is a poet. Mother and daughter co-authors of I Have Been Buried Under Years of Dust: A Memoir of Autism and Hope.
Born with non-verbal autism, Emily’s only means of communicating were limited to one-word answers and physical gestures which often left her frustrated, angry and misunderstood. A disastrous intercontinental flight from Ireland to Los Angeles, when Emily was twenty-five, triggered a miraculous communication breakthrough. With the help of a trained specialist and a technique called Facilitated Communication Emily typed out the following phrase on an Ipad: “I have been buried under years of dust and now I have so much to say.” That sentence opened up the flood gates of communication, and while Emily is still non-verbal, she hasn’t stopped talking.
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