A Brilliant brain trapped in a silent world

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)

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Eye Can Write by Jonathan 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 brilliant brain trapped in a silent world Margaret Kazmierczak's review of Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan

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.

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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.


Author: Margaret Kazmierczak

For over fifty years I have laughed and cried through my life – it has been exciting, exhausting, emotional, challenging and infuriating. No one gave me a map or a ‘How to get out of stressful situations’ manual, to help me on my journey. Instead, it has been God and me, His Word and my mistakes. So let’s cut to the chase, I am a wife and mother of three almost adult children! I live in the South of England and dislike the rainy climate. Yes, it looks green but so does my face with little sunshine! With many occupations under my belt, I now spend my time writing – for my blog which includes book reviews, interviews some humorous pieces and a book called "How to Make Victoria Sponge." I also have some devotionals in a multi-author book "Heartwings Devotional. My life is hectic; I am disorganised, and God continually sorts me out. I hope my words bring you hope, comfort and laughter as I sit here in my dining room praying for inspiration and for the cat to get off my laptop!

6 thoughts on “A Brilliant brain trapped in a silent world”

  1. A beautiful post, Margaret. I have a disabled child in my family, and she is a true blessing to all of us. Thank you so much for posting this.

    1. Thank you, Jack, for sharing. We know so little about the inner world of disabled children, but Jonathan hopefully will open up that world to those of us who do not struggle in this way. I have no doubt that your daughter is a blessing to you all. Many thanks for connecting Jack.

        1. Thank you, Gail, the words wrote themselves as I thought about Jonathan’s ability to express himself. I am glad that he noticed it, it just shows how reading about someone special can open up your own creativity. And how many more lovely people are there out there that long to be able to share their gifts. They deserve our support to get their voices heard too. How many have been denied education because of our visual impairment?

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