My Voice: One Man’s Journey to Overcome The Silence of Autism

My Voice: One Man’s Journey to Overcome The Silence of Autism

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Pictured: Matt Hayes (center) with his parents, Greg and Rene.

Watch the inspiring true story of Matt Hayes, a young man living with autism.

He cannot communicate the way others do, but he is intelligent, sensitive, and passionate about helping others who share his struggles. My Voice: One Man’s Journey to Overcome The Silence of Autism airs Saturday, May 6 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

Meet Matt’s family and learn how, with their help, Matt uses a method called “facilitated communication” that enables him to express thoughts and ideas when he would otherwise be trapped in silence. Matt feels strongly enough about this method to advocate for its use.

As Matt explains, “If I wake up and see that I can teach someone to treat their silent family member or neighbor as an equally intelligent person, I have moved the needle of change.”

This documentary is part of Move to Include, a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Through programming and special events, this initiative looks to build a more inclusive community by inspiring and motivating people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. To learn more, visit movetoinclude.org.

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