Picture of Zekwande, A Nonspeaking Autistic Male who is the Founder of The Zekwande Foundation and his sister sharing food which he prepared. Get Ready for Change - Zekwande Mathenjwa Picture of Zekwande in the kitchen. One of Zekwande’s favourite things to do is to prepare his favourite meals. Breaking the silence for Nonspeaking Autistics Picture of Zekwande and Nicola Sowah, Zekwande’s Communication and Regulation Partner. In this picture they are using the Spelling to Communicate (S2C) Methodology. Help Them Reach Their Potential
Picture of Zekwande standing next to a basketball hoop. Basketball is one of Zekwande’s favourite sports.
About Zekwande Foundation

'Get Ready for Change'

The Zekwande Foundation was started and conceptualised by Zekwande Mathenjwa in 2020 to:

  • Assist Nonspeaking Autistics who are still trapped in their own bodies
  • Make the world see Nonspeaking Autistics as competent
  • Help the world understand the body-mind disconnect of Autistics
  • Not speak for Autistics but teach them to speak for themselves
  • Explain nonspeaking Autism from a nonspeaking Autistic perspective
  • Improve representation of Autistic people in Autism advocacy work
  • Provide support for nonspeaking Autistics who do not have access to educational facilities and communication mechanisms
  • Reduce stigma around nonspeaking Autism

–  Zekwande Mathenjwa

How I Communicate

I use a methodology called Spelling to Communicate (S2C) where I point to letters on a stencil to spell out what I want to say.

“It is scary to think that some people who talk lots of rubbish are still seen as smarter than me. I am not saying that all people talk nonsense. It is hard to see my intelligence with no speech. One needs to try to change that idea. It is going to be me”.

– Zekwande Mathenjwa.

Picture of Zekwande and Nicola Sowah, Zekwande’s Communication and Regulation Partner. In this picture they are using the Spelling to Communicate (S2C) Methodology.

Listen Movie

In 2020 Zekwande participated in the compilation of the Listen Movie which features Nonspeaking Autistics from around the world. In this movie the challenges of living as a Nonspeaking Autistic are explained. Do take a Listen.
– Movie By Communication First

The Reason I Jump Story

Zekwande contributed to The Reason I Jump Workbook as part of his advocacy work which is his ultimate passion. In this Workbook Zekwande talks about Spelling to Communicate, how an Autistic brain works and his letter to the President of South Africa
– By Blueshift Education

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