Are you trapped by your inability to see?
How often have you looked at a person and only noticed the disability?
In shame, I confess that this is me.
I notice the wheelchair that speaks incapability
And respond with an apology.
Eyes stare back knowingly
Looking at me with certainty
Oceans are crossed by seeing beyond the deformity
To a brain’s digestibility.
Eye can write intelligently
If you give me time to learn like every other child without differentiality.
(Margaret Kazmierczak, inspired by Jonathon Bryan)
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A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Jonathan Bryan’s charity, Teach Us Too.
No one should be trapped
Jonathan Bryan has broken free from his trapped world and shares with us his journey. He is an incredible young man of twelve years old. Along with his mother, they fight for Jonathan’s right to be heard, to be taught reading, writing, spelling and maths. Outwardly his body looks too damaged to be educated in a mainstream school. Inwardly Jonathon has an incredible mind. Unlike Stephen Hawkins who already had access to regular schooling before his illness took hold of his body and had shown his intelligence, Jonathon has no such claim to fame.
A determined hero
I am so glad Jonathan and his family have put pen to paper. Yes, it was a painstakingly slow process using a spelling board, but we need to know and see that disability does not stop the brain from wanting to learn. And we should not see the broken body as an excuse to refuse proper education to creative minds that are trapped within.
And what a mother – an unsung hero behind Jonathon who deserves an accolade too.
Don’t look at the disability see the potential
Jonathan’s book has the potential to change mindsets. To challenge the norm. How many other children and adults are trapped in a system that disregards and dismisses the disabled their rights. Why should only the likes of Stephen Hawkins have centre stage when Jonathan Bryan has lived in his silent world since he was born.I have come as a voice for the voiceless - Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan @eyecantalk #books #disability #cerebralpalsy Click To Tweet
Who ought to read Eye Can Write
This book is brilliant especially as it is the voice of a twelve-year-old. It is intelligent, well written and has beautiful poetry as chapter openings. All educators of special needs and mainstream schools as well and professionals involved with the care of disabled children ought to read this book. We must all champion their cause. If we don’t then, we are failing the geniuses of the future who could change our world.
About the Author
Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known.
In Eye can Write, we read of his intense passion for life, his mischievous sense of fun, his hopes, his fears and what it’s like to be him. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability – a truly inspirational figure.
Let’s hear from Jonathan as no words speak louder than the authors.
“All my life, people have done things for me. I am washed, dressed, fed via a tube and wheeled around. Now I have found my voice, I want to use it to help other children to read and write so that they can communicate with the world. My body is weak, but my desire to make a difference for children like me is very strong.”
Thank you, Jonathan, for writing this inspirational book.