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A Female Teenager with Autism Spectrum Disorder Uttered Her First Sound at the Height of Super Typhoon


Mary (not her real name) is a 17 year old female with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She lives with her family in Tanauan, Leyte in southern Philippines.

Before Super Typhoon Haiyan hit Leyte in 2013 Mary was very silent.

She cannot even utter any sound.

Even when she cried, no sound came out from Mary.

She just looked down with tears rolling on her cheeks.

Everyone got the biggest surprise in their lives when at the height of Haiyan Mary was heard crying aloud.


She and her mother were trapped in their house.

Their neighbors heard the teenager was crying so loud thus they decided to break the jalousy of their window.

The mother and daughter were released from the room.

The neighbors evacuated them to a safe place.

Mary’s mother told her not to cry anymore as they were already safe.

Mary first asked for a biscuit and a glass of water.

They stayed in their safe place with wet clothes on.

The high waters stayed for 30 minutes.


The family only received help from the government five days after the onslaught of Haiyan.

The then faculty researcher now blogger informed the parents that they can enlist the teenager as a beneficiary of Conditional Cash Transfer.

She can receive a monthly allowance from the government through the Social Welfare.


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