Sixteen-year-old Ido Kedar has difficulty controlling his body and can barely talk.
“He was totally locked in internally, said Sharon Kedar, Ido’s mother.
“Just one word utterances,” added his father, Tracy.
Then, when he was seven years old, his mother was shocked by signs that he could spell.
"We were working on birthday party invitations, and he couldn't hold his own pencil, so I was holding my hand over his hand. I started feeling the pencil moving under my hand,” Sharon said.
Today, he uses the iPad to communicate. He types in each letter and then the iPad reads out what he has written.
He started to share all the things that he kept inside for so long.
"Life without communication is like you have no voice,” he wrote on the iPad.
Now he’s giving a unique insight into what it’s like to be autistic through his blog and his book, Ido in Autismland.
“I want people to understand that not speaking is not the same as not thinking,” he wrote.
And he is wowing people with his insights.
“He has some very profound answers,” said Adrienne Johnston, Inclusion Facilitator from the Los Angeles Unified School District. “He doesn’t look like he’s paying attention necessarily but everything that’s being said, he’s hearing, he’s processing, and he’s able to understand.”
Ido attends a regular high school, where he is on the honor roll. He is hoping that he can help other kids break the same barriers.
"He's on a mission and he's trying to change the world, for other people who are trapped the way he once was,” said his mother.
You can read Ido’s blog, Ido in Autismland, and purchase his book, Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism's Silent Prison, on Amazon.com.