Let me start by saying good morning.  You are probably wondering how a non-verbal kid with autism says hello.  But, I say it with my smile.  My smile gives me a voice.  It doesn’t need words.  My smile says hello and goodbye.  It says how are you and I’m happy to see you.  Oh, it says that I like you.  Long ago [before I was adopted], I didn’t have any teeth.  They were mostly rotted out because all I ever drank was fruit punch.  And my mom never brushed them.  But now my teeth are strong and white.  So, I have a good smile and I like to use it.  That is all for today.


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Austin Jepson

I am a non-verbal boy with autism. I was adopted by the Jepsons at age seven. Prior to that, I lived in foster care for 2 years. My original family could not take very proper care of me and I was taken from their home. My memories of them are still alive, though, and I love them, even though they had problems. My life now is better. My mom and dad love me and so do my brothers. I am lucky for that. As I am planning on going to college some day, writing in this blog is great practice. I hope you like it. Maybe you will learn something about autism. I hope so.

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    Todd Ogden says


    This blog is great. You’re an awesome writer and I’m excited to get to know you better through these posts. See you at church… and let me know if there is anything we (me, the Ogdens, the ward…) can ever do for you.

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    Ileana Starwood says

    Austin, thank you for sharing. You are so incredibly bright! I wish I could be a manatee too… and absorb the world bit by bit (the way it was intended). 🙂

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    Cami Dixon says

    Austin, your smile truly does share so much warmth. That is a true gift. It has always made me happy to see that smile when we visit. Now with that awesome smile AND words…you are unstoppable!

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    Greg and Christina Walker says

    Austin, we love reading your blog! We miss you guys!

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