One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, it brings readers inside a once-secret world and in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough.

While working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed in "HELP TEETH HURT," much to everyone's astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly's journey toward self-realization.

"In this unsparing but affecting account . . . it's clear that while most people take the ability to communicate for granted, for Fleischmann it defines her daily struggles and miraculous successes. . . . [An] inspiring story."
—Publishers Weekly

"To read along as [Carly] expresses her feelings in conversations with her father is almost as stunning as when she writes of life inside her autistic head. . . . Both heart-wrenching and deeply inspiring . "
—Kirkus Reviews

"I have learned more from Carly about autism than any doctor or 'expert,' and she has helped me understand and connect with my son in ways I couldn't have imagined. Her book takes the autism conversation to new places and disproves the ridiculous notion that non-verbal people with autism don't have feelings and thoughts or are unintelligent. Carly is—for me—autism's fiercest and most valuable advocate."
—Holly Robinson Peete, actress, author, and autism advocate

"Carly's Voice is the wishful slogan of a movement. Autism has spoken, and a new day has dawned. Carly's story is a triumph."
—Richard M. Cohen, author of Strong at the Broken Places and Blindsided

"Carly's Voice makes it very clear that a non-verbal person with autism has a rich inner life. Typing independently enabled Carly to express wit, explain her sensory problems and show that a good mind had been freed."
—Temple Grandin

"For anyone who's ever fallen in love with their child, misjudged a person, had their heart broken and then restored, Carly's Voice is for you. Wise beyond her years, she takes us inside her world—a young girl who cannot speak, but has more to say than anyone I've ever met. This book is exquisitely written with courage, honesty and, most of all, love. I've never read anything like it."
—Monica Holloway, author of Cowboy & Wills and Driving with Dead People

ARTHUR FLEISCHMANN lives with his wife, Tammy Starr, and their three children, Matthew, Taryn, and Carly, in Toronto, Canada. Born in New York, he grew up in the Boston area and attended Brandeis University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Economics. He later earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

CARLY FLEISCHMANN lives in Toronto, Canada, and attends a mainstream high school where she is enrolled in gifted classes. She corresponds with her thousands of friends and followers via Twitter and Facebook and is a passionate advocate for those living with autism.
Visit her at www.carlysvoice.com/home/aboutcarly

For speaking engagements for Arthur Fleischmann, please contact:
Nikki Barrett at the Lavin Agency
nbarrett@thelavinagency.com
(416) 979-7979

For media opportunities for Carly's Voice, please contact:
Maximillian Arambulo (Canada)
Maximillian.Arambulo@simonandschuster.com
647-427-6998

Jessica Roth (US)
Jessica.Roth@simonandschuster.com
212-698-4665