Carly's Voice

Breaking Through Autism

Carly's Voice

In this international bestseller, father and advocate for Autism awareness Arthur Fleischmann blends his daughter Carly’s own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter—after years of believing that she was unable to understand or communicate with him.

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Carly remained largely unreachable through the years. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.

While working with her devoted therapists, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed “HELP TEETH HURT,” much to everyone’s astonishment. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family and her many thousands of supporters online.

One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, Carly’s Voice brings readers inside a once-secret world in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission
  • Touchstone | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439194157 | 
  • September 2012
List Price $19.99


Telling Carly's Story

Arthur Fleischmann discusses the decision to write a book about his daughter Carly, who was diagnosed with severe autism and cognitive delay as a child and thought to never speak or connect with others, until one day, when she found her voice.

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About the Author

Arthur Fleischmann
Photograph © Jennifer Eldredge Stello

Arthur Fleischmann

Arthur Fleischmann lives with his wife, Tammy Starr, and their three children, Matthew, Taryn, and Carly, in Toronto, Canada, where he is partner and president of john st. advertising.


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