Scientists, educators, doctors and therapists are unable to explain this phenomenon, and yet it is unfolding before our eyes. Holly is communicating! With quiet determination and the help of an aide, Holly types one finger at a time, about what she believes to be important about life.
An example of Holly's engagements shines brightly through this story shared by Vanderbilt Univeristy School of Nursing. Click below to read the full article.
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Holly Forlenza Has Never Spoken A Word
But she certainly has much to say. Diagnosed a the age of 2 with "severe mental retardation" and has never been able to express herself verbally. In 2011, Holly met Dr. Christie Casa, an expert on Facilitated Communication, who recognized that Holly did indeed have literary skills even though she could not speak. Through years of patients and practice, Holly now types on an iPad with the assistance of her aids to express a message of love, hope and resilience.
Holly and her mother, Eileen Forlenza, share Holly's story with community groups, associations and corporations to inspire and advocate for others who are unable to speak. Holly's passion is to be a teacher of love and remind us all about tolerance, acceptance and gratitude.
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Holly and Eileen speak regularly in front of women's organizations, church groups and disability advocacy societies.