We were watching Law & Order CI yesterday. It was that one about a woman who was in a "vegetative state" (not a coma, because in a coma the power is on but the lights are out, while in a vegetative state all the lights have burned through. Or something.)
The Superkid suddenly turns around and tells me: Hey! She is like Stephen!
Stammers and points at the sides of his head at the height of his eyes: Stephen is in a wheelchair, and he can talk with his eyes.
I ask: Is Stephen in your class?
He: Yes. And he has a computer and he can talk with it. He looks at a word, and then the computer says that word. Without the computer he just talks with his eyes. When they go up he means "yes", and when he looks down (rolls his eyes to his nose) he says "no".
I: (Because I want to know more about the academic level of this "Stephen" who is in my boys new class and going to receive the same education that he is this coming school year...) Ah so Stephen can do school work? He can read and write?
He: I am not sure. He can make a sentence... he looks at one word and then another and makes a.. a string of words. But he can't write a book.
I: but you know, there is a very famous man named Stephen who wrote a book in that very same way. He is in a wheelchair, but he had thoughts that were so complicated they were very difficult to understand, but when the scientists checked, they were correct!
He: looks confused.
I: and who is better at arythmatic, Stephen or you?
He: (Shrugs apologetically and grins.) I don't know. I am pretty good at arythmatic!