Chapter: An Echo of Life
Avrila walks through the door of her mother’s room standing there gazing at Camille wondering when her mom will wake up any time soon. Avrila usually stays in her room when she wakes up and consoles herself with her psychic abilities, but today she is feeling like she needs some comfort. She stands there for about 15 minutes when Camille finally wakes up and her husband Rafael is still sleeping.
Camille slowly gets out of bed and walks over to Avrila. She whispers “What’s the matter my sweet?”
Avrila does not say anything. Instead she takes Camille’s hand and walks her through apartment to the kitchen.
Camille says in a whisper still “Avrila, its 4 o’clock in the morning, what do you want from me now?”
And standing in the midst of the darkness of the apartment is her latest friend, the lonely boy from school who is Autistic, Kelvin.
Camille says “Oh my god, What happened to you little boy?”
Kelvin does not answer
Avrila begins speaking telling her mother “My friend Kelvin has been having problems at home. His father walked out on his mother and I found Kelvin wandering in our park outside our apartment building. I told him he can stay here tonight and we will bring him back to his mom who must be really worried now.”
Camille tells Avrila “I understand you want to help your friend out, but we have to bring him back to his mother now because she is probably very worried about him.”
Avrila says “I have been reading much about Autism lately since I learned of my new friend Kelvin.” and then she says “And I went on father’s computer typed in to google search ‘Autistic’ and found the Autistic Self Advocacy Network which gave me much information about what I wanted to know, but I can’t read everything. I was wondering if you can help me read the information with me.”
Camille whispers again “Really? School has really taught you much about the computer so far?”
Avrila then says “Yes it has, though I sound out every word, but much of what is said on the website I found, I don’t really understand.”
Camille says “Show me and I can help you.”
Avrila runs over to the computer in the kitchen and shows the website to Camille. Camille begins reading the Autistic Self Advocacy Network website to Avrila:
Mission Statement: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement in the world of autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. We hope to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
Next Camille tells Avrila to sound out the words and read whatever words she thinks she can say with a breeze. After 15 minutes of doing this, Avrila notices her friend Kelvin is wandering sitting and staring at Avrila. When Avrila notices it, she sees Kelvin walk up to her and stares her in the face saying nothing, but gives her a hug. The hug Avrila just received was very strong and deep. Kelvin wouldn’t not let go for at least 15 minutes until Camille pulled him away. Kelvin smiled afterward and took a piece of paper to draw a smiley face between him and Avrila. He felt very excited to finally have a friend from school. Kelvin then began echoing some words of ecstatic exhilaration clapping his hands repeating “I love you…”
Camille didn’t know what to do, but Avrila just slowly calmed Kelvin down by dancing along with him for the next few minutes, then said “Stop now”. Kelvin stopped instantly.
Camille says to Avrila “I really like this website that you found and we need to spread the word of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. We need to empower Autistic children like Kelvin and even Autistic Adults struggling to be able to take control of their lives just like ASAN says.”
As the clock turns 7 o’clock in the morning, the Sun has risen, and the bright light from the sun sharply goes in to everyone’s eyes. Camille and Avrila walk through the doorway with Kelvin to walk him back home…
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Enjoy the bright Sunny days…