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Autistic Boy Learns to Speak With the Help of Technology

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A severely autistic teen who can't speak, wrote a book about what it feels like to be autistic.   

It is opening eyes about what kids with Autism are thinking, feeling, and capable of, despite being trapped in bodies they can't control.

16-year-old Ido Kedar is autistic.  

He flaps his arms.  He has difficulty controlling his body.  He can barely talk. It's easy to think that he is mentally inept.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Beneath his exterior is an alert young man intelligent beyond his years, who wants desperately to be understood, but was unable to share his thoughts.
And no one knew that, not even his parents.
"He was totally locked in internally." says Sharon Kedar, Ido's mother

"Just one word utterances." says Tracy Kedar, Ido's father.
Then, when he was seven years old, his mother was shocked by signs that he could spell.
"We were working on birthday party invitations, and he couldn't hold his own pencil, so I was holding my hand over his hand. I started feeling the pencil moving under my hand." says Ido's mother.
With years of training in something called the Rapid  Prompting Method, Ido broke through his silence. Now he uses the iPad to communicate.  
He types in each letter and when he is done, the iPad reads out what he has written.
"My joy because I escaped my prison". says Ido, with the help of an iPad.
Once he learned he started to share all the things that he kept inside for so long.
"Life without communication is like you have no voice." says Ido, with the help of an iPad.
With his newfound voice he is giving a unique insight into what it's like to be autistic, through his blog, and his book, Ido in Autismland.
"I want people to understand that not speaking is not the same as not thinking." says Ido, with the help of an iPad.
He is wowing people with his insights.
"He has some very profound answers. He doesn't look like he's paying attention necessarily but everything that's being said he's hearing, he's processing and he's able to understand." says LAUSD inclusion facilitator, Adrienne Johnston.
Ido is mainstreamed into a regular high school, where he is on the honor roll.
"Education is the right of human beings." says Ido, with the help of an iPad.
He is hoping that he can help other kids like him to break barriers.
"He's on a mission and he's trying to change the world, for other people who are trapped the way he once was." says Ido's mother.