In Aditi's words, how Avaz has impacted her life:
What is the one thing that makes humans stand apart from other life forms , apart from superior intelligence ? It is the ability to communicate and relate to one another using language .The notions of civilised society , shared values and culture and our way of life itself is a byproduct of our need to belong and our ability to communicate .
I am a person with Autism - a neurodevelopment disorder that causes difficulty in socialisation and communication . I
am a minimally verbal person and I use Avaz to communicate .
I was first introduced to Avaz in January 2020, when I joined Ishanya India Foundation . I was fourteen then. As I picked up the ability to type my thoughts out , I achieved a sense of liberation . Finding your voice is a very cathartic feeling . Having your voice heard is joy in its purest form .
The ability to type on my laptop followed as a natural corollary . I started to write small anecdotes and stories that was appreciated in my tiny circle of family and educators. This motivated me to write more .
I wrote my first blog in November 2021 and was elated with the response I got . I now have ten published blogs to my credit . I have also authored a collection of short stories that Ishanya is in the process of getting published . I aspire to write much more . Avaz opened up the magical world of words - these words that question the notion of a lack of inner world in us autistics, is my superpower and I hope to use it well .
Everyone deserves to have a voice and every voice needs to be heard . I found my voice in Avaz, a voice that has opened up a world of endless possibilities.
Aditi says on Avaz "Finding your voice is liberating and cathartic. Thank you Avaz"
We asked Aditi a few follow up questions and here are the responses:
Team Avaz's Question :
Some parents and professionals often hesitate to introduce Avaz for their young child, and prefer to wait for their speech to develop. What is your message to them?
Aditi replies using Avaz AAC :
"I think that communication is the key to being understood, to learn and grow, and one does not rule out the other, so why wait?"