Last night, CTV's W-5 series aired a remarkable documentary about a 13-year-old autistic girl in Toronto who learned how to type.
Carly Fleischmann can't speak, but because her parents provided her with intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy, she learned how to spell.
And when she was given a chance to use a computer, she revealed that she was very aware of her condition as well as everything that was going on around her.
Carly came across as a normal 13-year-old girl trapped in a body that wouldn't cooperate with her wishes.
It should offer hope to parents and siblings of thousands of autistic kids.
The B.C. government funds up to $20,000 per year up until the child is six years old for autism therapy. Intensive therapy costs parents significantly more than that each year.
Families for Early Autism Treatment of B.C. launched a nationwide campaign earlier this month to try to elect candidates in the next federal election who will support covering therapies for autism under Medicare.
Approximately one child in 150 across North America is being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.