Typing to Communicate and Finding a Voice
By Kris Medina
Self-Advocate and member of the Vermont Facilitated Communication (FC) Task Force
My name is Kris Medina. I have been typing to communicate since third grade. I am part of a group call Vermont Facilitated Communication (FC) Task Force. To be able to communicate is a luxury, and it is a right not to be taken for granted. I’m trying to tell you all that without typing – I would be left without a voice.
I am proud to represent the FC Task Force we advocate for quality of life initiatives. It is quite troubling to see people not believe other people’s competence. I am for equal rights and I feel strongly about people being treated fairly. Please present open minded attitudes with everyone even if they can’t vocalize their thoughts.
I have found purpose being on the FC Task Force. It is the best feeling to be able to share my thoughts with like-minded intelligent people. I was very inspired by my friend Tracy Thresher when I was in high school because he is the man I aspire to be. I want a life with love, laughter and hope, and if I don’t have communication that is lost in the mist of longing for what we all deserve.
My life has been a happy one so far because my mom is my ally and fought for my right to communicate when I was young. Now I stand strong with my own voice. I was lucky to have time to work on my communication with Harvey Lavoy, and now I have a team of facilitators working with me so that I can be independent with my typing.
I hope you understand that because my supports are strong right now, I am able to work toward my life’s goals. Graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in English felt amazing but I am ready for my next journey which is finding my dream job as a writer. My mighty typing finger is ready to go. See you all on the typing play grounds.
Kris Medina is a self-advocate with Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered and member of the Vermont Facilitated Communication (FC) Task Force. He has a degree in English from the University of Vermont.