I've long been a fan of Carly Fleischmann, a non-verbal autistic young woman who is raising autism acceptance and defying the stereotypes of what it means to be non-speaking. I first read about her in Carly's Voice, the memoir she co-wrote with her father. Carly's story is incredible—after years of silence, she made a breakthrough at age 10 when she typed, "HELP, TEETH, HURT" about tooth pain she was having. Since then, words have poured out of Carly via her keyboard.
In the last few years she's been busy, creating the video "Carly's Café" that shows what it's like to be autistic while in a coffee shop and she often posts funny, clever tidbits from her life on her Facebook page. Recently she launched her newest project—a YouTube Channel featuring her talk show, Speechless with Carly Fleischmann.
During the first episode of Speechless, Carly interviews Hollywood hunk Channing Tatum. Carly's sense of humor, wit, and boldness shine through in the interview. She admits he's one of her biggest crushes, and she breezily asks Tatum things like, "Would you ever date a 21-year-old person with autism?" She also surprises him with a gift under his chair—a tried-and-true talk show host trick—and the interview is full of laughs, warmth between host and guest, and charm.
Stay tuned for the next episode of Speechless with Carly Fleischmann!