Hello! My name is Peter Rowe, and
welcome to my website!
I have Down syndrome and other conditions that restrict my ability to articulate speech. For the first 30 years of my life I was unable to communicate but thanks to a system called Facilitated Communication (or ‘FC’), I am now able to live a full and meaningful life.
Since discovering FC I have become an exhibiting artist, have written, illustrated and published eight children’s books, and have regular public speaking engagements. I have performed at festivals and other places around Australia as part of the innovative musical trio QWERTY and through my activities with the Brotherhood of the Wordless.
Through Facilitated Communication, and the tireless support and help of many people like my parents, Justin and Betty, and other faithful individuals and support workers, there is no limit to what I, or others like me, can do.
I have a deep love of art, drawing and writing and they have been an important part of my journey.
My paintings are mostly abstract and they express my thoughts, dreams, experiences and give me a way to communicate my feelings. It has meant the world to me to be able to express myself through art and writing. It is very therapeutic and has helped me to become who I am.
Because I cannot read, write, or speak (without a facilitator), my website has become an important and helpful way for me to tell you about my life, and all the various things I have been able to achieve and participate in over the years.
It is also important because my goal in life is not only to encourage others with a disability, but also to show the world what we are capable of, and what we can achieve, given the right support, encouragement and opportunities.
I hope you enjoy reading about my journey through life with a disability and all I have been able to achieve and do in spite of it.