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We were delighted doing a live online Q & A with Arthur Fleischmann, father of Carly of Carly's Voice, on 7 June 2012. During the live Q & A, Arthur answered questions about autism advocacy, his life with Carly, and their new book Carly's Voice. You can read the transcript for it below.
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.
While working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed in "HELP TEETH HURT," much to everyone's astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly's journey toward self-realization.
Carly now lives in Toronto, Canada, and attends a mainstream high school where she is enrolled in gifted classes. Since a 2009 segment on 20/20 brought her story to national attention, she has since appeared on television with Larry King and Holly Robinson-Peete, and has befriended Ellen DeGeneres (who read Carly’s Bat Mitzvah speech via video). Carly also appears in Simon & Schuster’s The Golden Hat, a special project from Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.
Arthur Fleischmann lives with his wife, Tammy Starr, and their three children, Matthew, Taryn, and Carly, in Toronto, Canada, where he is partner and president of john st. advertising. Arthur and Carly have recently written a book together about their experiences called Carly's Voice.