Cup From Above in Australian Parliament

On the 13th February, 2013 we were very honoured to get a mention in parliament by Federal MP Yvette D’ath.  Here is the link to her full speech.  Below is an excerpt…

“…I would also like to share with you the story of a very inspiring young man I met in October last year, a man who is most certainly following his dream. Thirty-three-year-old Glen Sheppard from the Sunshine Coast has Down’s syndrome and was diagnosed at a young age with severe autism. Glen cannot speak and instead uses facilitated communication and a Qwerty keyboard as his voice. To communicate in this way, Glen needs the support of his dedicated mum, Pam, and carers like Adam from Aspley’s Cup From Above cafe in my electorate. Glen will not let his disability stop him from achieving his goals and he is successfully studying creative writing at university. Glen has already written a collection of poetry and launched a murder mystery novel called Solved in Silence.  For Glen and his support network, life is about what he can do, not what he cannot…”

-Yvette D’ath

Adam & Glen working on the final draft of 'Solved in Silence'.

Adam & Glen working on the final draft of ‘Solved in Silence’.

Yvette correctly states that Glen lives focussed on the things he can do:  not the things he can’t.  Glen is a legit hero.  We can all learn something from him.  You can support Glen by purchasing his latest book here and follow his facebook page here   You can also purchase Glen’s books right here at Cup From Above.  100% of sales go straight back to Glen so he can write more books.

Yvette’s speech was made to show her support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme which we whole heartedly agree with.  If you want to find out more about the NDIS please visit this website

The NDIS will see more money and consequently better services get to people with disabilities to provide a better quality of life for those Australians born with or have an acquired injury.











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‘Solved In Silence’ by Glen Sheppard

Glen Sheppard was born with Down Syndrome, Autism & without the ability to speak.  Glen has learnt to communicate via Facilitated Communication and is at the University of the Sunshine Coast studying Creative Writing.  Glen has written 2 books and has just completed his third book ‘Solved in Silence’.

We’re helping sell Glen Sheppard’s new book ‘Solved In Silence’.  You can purchase it from Glen’s website at or you can buy it right here at Cup From Above.  The book is selling for $18.  Here’s a map showing you where to find us…

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