About the Book
Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book is told through the eyes of Michael Jacques, a compassionate and determined young adult with autism and an intellectual disability. His book—which is written by using an iPad’s speech-to-text function—is a down-to-earth collection of compelling life stories and discoveries that teach us how to embrace and celebrate our differences. Michael, who never surrenders to the idea of “can’t,” speaks about topics such as learning, inclusion, advocating, independence, and the power of perseverance.
His insights and views on the world are equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring. Through his witty and positive voice, Michael offers a glimpse on what it’s like to be him.
News & Events
Michael is a young adult who lives and works in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. He is a determined, compassionate and talented individual who has written his first book. Michael has autism and an intellectual disability and is a passionate public speaker. He has presented to students at the secondary, college, and university levels, as well parents and teachers, about the importance of belonging and inclusion. He sits on the board of Community Living Ontario, through which he advocates for individuals like himself. Michael hopes to write many more books and continue to make an impact in the world through his stories.
“Whether you read his book, or have him speak to your group, Michael shares his life experiences with autism and an intellectual disability with honesty and humour. We’re proud that Michael’s journey includes Special Olympics (SO) and that sport and the SO community have played a part in him gaining confidence and finding his voice. Michael’s message of inclusion, celebrating differences and staring down challenges is truly inspirational!”
– Sharon Bollenbach | Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics Canada
“Michael Jacques’ book is a testimony to the power of possibility. Not just for people with disabilities, but for anyone struggling to find their way. He gives practical advice on being your best self and finding places of belonging through school, meaningful work and friendships. Isn’t that what we all want in life?”
– Chris Beesley | Chief Executive Officer, Community Living Ontario
“Knowing Michael has been an absolute privilege from the moment we first shook hands. He greeted me with his big smile and infectious brightness; I have carried it with me ever since. His story is one of great triumphs and simple pleasures. As humans we crave a sense of belonging and a desire to be valued. Michael teaches us how to manifest this not only for ourselves but for everyone around us, no matter who we are or what our circumstances may be. The world is better place because you are in it Michael, thank you for sharing yourself with us, may your message reach the corner of this earth!”
– Niluka Kottegoda | Vice President Customer Experience at Sobeys