Andrew's Real Life of Autism


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My name is Andrew and I am autistic.  My autism does not stop my brain from working.  It has made it better because I can do great things with my brain.  I am just like everyone else that is alive except I cannot speak.  I can communicate by using supported typing.  My voice has been stuck in my head until my mom found it in April of this year when we went to a conference that used supported typing.  Then my world was opened up!  I love typing because I get to have a say in my life.  That has been the best gift ever and is a miracle!

I really struggle with my body because I can’t control it like everyone else.  It does not listen to my brain and it does things I don’t want it to, like rocking my head back and forth and making sounds I don’t want it to make.

I am going into the ninth grade this fall and am fourteen years old.  God is the most important thing in my life.  I love the Beatles and want to study French, Geometry, Physics and Anatomy and Physiology.  I want to be a homicide detective when I get older.

Please follow my life story!  God has great things in store for me!

(From Andrew’s mom, Susan:  Unless otherwise noted, all of the entries in this blog are written by Andrew.  They are his words, thoughts and feelings).

30 thoughts on “Hello!

  1. Marsha McPheron

    Andrew, I am so happy and excited for you and enjoyed reading your first posting. I look forward to reading more about you and your interests.

  2. Dawn McPheron Toews

    Ms. Marsha has shared your wonderful journey of supported typing with me. I look forward to following you and your life experiences!
    Dan and Marsha’s daughter-Dawn

  3. Cindy Morris

    It is my honor young man to follow you on here learn about your thoughts and feelings. You are awesome!!

    Ms. Cindy

  4. cami berkau

    Josh is trying to start a blog and his poor mother is so horrible at computers. So proud of you andrew!!! Cant wait for josh to read love you!

  5. Kim McPheron Kreitter

    Hi Andrew,

    I am Marsha McPheron’s daughter in Las Vegas NV and Marsha told me about your blog. I look forward to reading it! It takes a lot of courage to do this and you should be really proud. You can educate many people, including my 9 year old daughter, through your blog!! She will be reading it, too!


  6. Kellye Burks

    Andrew, Cooper and I are SO happy for you! We are SO excited to read your posts!! We hope to see you soon!

  7. Kara Tretter

    I’m so happy that you have found your voice. I think you are amazing and such a great gift from God. Love and hugs,
    Ms. Kara

  8. Bonnie Spicher

    So happy for you and your family. Finally having a way to communicate with everyone, especially your family, must feel awesome!

  9. Carolyn Schweinbold

    Andrew, I was very excited for you! Your blog will let other people know what they can learn to do and things they can communicate to the world. I will be waiting to hear more about you and the things you are learning. I am a friend of Marsha McPheron.

  10. Carolyn Schweinbold

    Andrew, I was very excited for you! Your blog will let other people know what they can learn to do and things they can communicate to the world. I am a friend of Marsha McPheron.

  11. Heather Schoppenhorst (Jung)


    I can’t tell you how it makes me feel hearing you being able to talk after all we have done together. All I keep thinking about is how mad I must have made you so many times at school :) I am so excited to hear what you have to say and how much you have grown even in the past few month is extraordinary! I hope to really talk to you soon!


    1. Andrew Post author

      Heather, Can’t wait to show this to him! Haha He has a great sense of humor so it will probably be really funny!

  12. Dan McPheron

    Andrew, I am so happy and proud of you. From the first day I met you I knew there was something special about you.
    I knew that you were smart but couldn’t express just how smart you were.
    The day you placed your head on my shoulder when we were on the glider you touched my heart!
    I will be following your blog and hope that some day we can communicate directly with each other.
    Keep up the great job. I know nothing comes easy.

  13. Tana

    Andrew, I am so proud of you for sharing your life with us through this blog! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

  14. Angie Miller

    Hi, Andrew! I was so excited to see your blog. Can’t wait to read your entries!
    We are very proud of how hard you have been working.
    Angie Miller and family

  15. Karen Lason

    Andrew – how amazing and wonderful that you found your voice. I cannot wait to see where you go from here!!

  16. Aunt Bonnie

    Andrew — I felt like I was participating in a miracle and seeing the answer to prayer when you and I got to chat over the July Fourth holiday party. I am definitely going to “follow” you on your blog so that I can keep up with everything that is happening to you. My encouragement for you today is from Ephesians 2:10 and says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” That’s you, Andrew — prepared beforehand to walk in good works as His workmanship perfected. Love you —— Aunt Bonnie

  17. Ellen Nicotra

    Andrew every time I read the things you have written it brings me to tears! How awesome it is for you to be able to share your thoughts, feelings & love. You are such an inspiration to us all. Listening to you describe your life with autism makes everyone of us aware of what is truly inside each special person! God has gifted you by opening a channel of communication and gifted us with the opportunity to listen. I send my love to you and to your Mom who never ever gave up on you!

  18. Kathy Kelly

    Hi Andrew, I have not met you. My name is Kathy Kelly. My niece-in-law is Andrea Urban and she turned me on to your blog. I work with adults that have a variety of disabilities. Some of the people I support also have autism and have no words. I am looking forward to seeing some of your insights in the hopes it can help me to understand and serve my friends in a much better way. You are speaking for many who still have no words and that is a such a help to people like me. Great job and I look forward to reading more. KK

  19. Sam Daiber

    I am beyond ecstatic to be able To have a way to keep up with the things you are saying, feeling and sharing! I love being able to learn more and more about you and am always amazed by what you say. You are such a great, forgiving, thoughtful, faithful young man. I am so blessed to be able to witness your journey. You told me you want to change the world. I want you to know I’m right there with you. If there is anything I can do to help you in reachin your dream just let me know.

  20. Karen

    This is awesome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I’m a friend of Heather Groves and saw your blog on her Facebook page. Can’t wait to see what you decide to share with us.

  21. Danielle

    I am so excited for this blog!! I am Dan and Marsha’s daughter and they have told me so much about you. You have touched my heart even though we have never met, and I look forward to seeing what plans God has for you! I live in North Dakota….so quite far from you….but hope someday we can meet!!! God bless you and your family Andrew!

  22. Sam Morris

    Tears are running down my face. Andrew, you are beyond amazing and I can’t wait to keep reading. I just want to know what all has been going on in that head of yours for the first 14 years of your life. I want to know EVERYTHING! Not only do I have an incredible love for your family but since I’ve gone to school to be a therapist, this is so fascinating to me too! It’s just a double-whamy of love for you kid! I am so proud of you and so excited to see what God is going to do with you because I KNOW for a FACT that it will be great! I love to picture God with just the biggest smile on His face watching you show everyone in YOUR words what is going on in your thoughts and dreams. So stinkin proud of you Andrew!

  23. Kelli Gill

    Hi Andrew!
    I am friends with your Mom. I have a son your age named Austin, and you 2 boys used to play together in the nursery at First Christian Church a loooooong time ago, Lol! I also helped out for awhile in the Special Needs Class at FCC. You may not remember, you were still young then. I have been following Josh Berkau’s progress with assisted typing through Facebook. I was thrilled to see your blog shared on another friends page. I can’t even imagine how you must feel to finally be able to express yourself and be heard! I’m so excited for you and Josh and all the others who are developing this skill. Can’t wait to see & hear more from you both : )
    Blessings to you & your family! Say Hi to your Momma for me!!

  24. Jack and Suzie

    Good for you Andrew! What an impressive young man you are. Best wishes for many more discoveries and much more typing fun.

  25. Wendy Allyn

    Andrew, I met your wonderful parents this weekend in Chicago!! They are great! When your Mom told me your story I was so amazed & excited! God will use you to help others in so many ways on both sides of autism. I am going to keep up with you on Facebook & your blog. Keep trusting in God & He will show you the way! Lean on Jesus & He will give you the courage. I hope to meet you someday, my new friend! Hugs!!
    Wendy Allyn from Indiana

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