The Autism Society of America was honored to continue our Coronavirus Information Series with a conversation with Ben Breaux, a non-speaking self-advocate, to discuss his experience “Coping with COVID-19 Through the Arts & Advocacy.”

On July 30, 2020, Autism Society of America CEO Chris Banks sat down with Ben and his Communication/Regulation Partner, Sara Wong, to discuss Ben’s work as an advocate for autistic and disability rights, how he uses poetry to explain the perspective of what it’s like to be a non-speaking autistic and what he hopes the autism community and nation can take away from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

You can view this Facebook Live on Facebook HERE, and learn more about the Autism Society’s Coronavirus Information Series webpage, which is updated with guest speakers every week.


Ben Breaux a teen with Non-Speaking Autism. He has important messages he wants to share via using a letter board and pointing to spell & write, a method he uses to communicate.

Currently Ben is serving as a Liasion for CommunicationFirst to The ARC of VA’s Alliance Board of Adults with Disabilities. Last year he was a delegate to The VA Dept of Ed’s “I’m Determined” Summit at JMU. Ben is also a very big advocate for Voting Registration, Rights, Practices for People with Disabilities, and hosts a Facebook page designed to help folks better understand non-speaking autistics while inspiring others like him.