“We are all differently skilled.”
So says Larry, an autistic man thought to be nonverbal until he was given a facilitated communication device. “He was silent for over thirty years,” says his sister.
Featured in this National Geographic video, Larry was institutionalized at age 8 and suffered physical abuse from which he still bears scars. Throughout that time, and into the present, art was a refuge for Larry.
At 20, his sister brought him home to live with her, and since then he has contributed substantially to the family—National Geographic, for example, shows Larry cooking and bringing a pot of goulash to the table with gusto. It’s an important reminder of the impact genuine care and connection can have the lives of those with autism and other disabilities.